Selected Community Events
Calvert 12th Annual Victorian Tea and Gala and Vintage Parade
Oct 6, 2012 Parade 11 AM, Gala 7 PM
Come join us for the 12th Annual Calvert Victorian Garden Tea and Gala fundraiser!
This fun and festive weekend starts on Saturday at 11:00 am with our first-ever Vintage Parade. Do you have an antique or vintage conveyance (car, tractor, wagon, horse, foot)? Then we want YOU to come be a part of our Vintage Parade! Even if you can’t be a participant in the parade, you won’t want to miss this dazzling spectacle. We will have vintage conveyances of all kinds, including cars, tractors, trucks, wagons, horses, mules and, of course, on foot! We are delighted to announce that the Texas Ladies Aside will be participating in the parade this year. The Texas Ladies Aside, the Official Equestrian Drill Team of Texas, is a unique group of women who for the last 25 years, ride only Peruvian horses and they ride them in sidesaddle. The Texas Ladies Aside have performed in front of audiences exhibiting the grace and elegance of sidesaddle riding and the spirit and animation of our laterally gaited Peruvian Horses. From as far north as Calgary, Canada, to the National Show in Lima, Peru, to the Rose Bowl Parade in California, and Rodeo Houston, the Texas Ladies Aside have ridden and loved performing for audiences of all ages. Please check out website: texasladiesaside.com for more information. At the end of the parade, the participants will be able to park around the block belonging to the Chamber so we can get a good luck at them and also watch the Texas Ladies Aside perform. What a treat!
After the parade, you will have the afternoon free to browse our wonderful shops and eat in one of our great restaurants.
Saturday evening, step back into the past with at our glamorous Gala, 7:00 – 10:30 pm – Historic Virginia at Virginia Field Park Pavilion with Victorian era culinary delights, dancing and live music by the delightful Celtaire String Band (www.CeltaireStringBand.biz). Don’t know how to dance? No problem! There will be simple dance instructions provided with the songs. Participate in the colorful Costume Contest with prizes awarded. You will rediscover the fun of “dressing up”! Victorian attire is not required but definitely encouraged. This is a formal event so you will want to be sure to dress accordingly regardless of the era! Be sure to bring your camera because you will want to take pictures of the gorgeous gowns and hats.
Sunday Morning 11:00 am — Hayride Tour — See highlights of Calvert’s 47-block historic district (third largest in Texas) listed on the National Historic Registry. A mix of cotton plantation owners, Western-moving entrepreneurs, and railroad workers gave Calvert a wonderfully varied architectural history. You will be amazed!
Afternoon Tea – 2:30 – 4:00 pm – Sumptuous afternoon tea featuring home-baked sweet and savory delicacies offered by a staff of Victorian servers on the lawn of the historic Barton-Satterwhite home. Enjoy live chamber music, try your hand at a game of English croquet on the lawn and enter our tea hat contest (Red Hatters welcome!) at the Barton-Satterwhite Home (1909-1910). We will have a few select vendors for your shopping pleasure. After tea tour the charming restored cottage located on the property. You will want to wear your best tea finery!
Cost of the Gala is $65 and the Tea is $35. Take advantage of a $10.00 savings when you attend both events. You may download your reservation form from www.CalvertTx.com and send the completed form along with your payment to Calvert Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 132, Calvert, TX 77837.
If you have questions or want more information, visit our Chamber website, www.CalvertTx.com, our event website, www.victoriancalvert.com, or feel free to phone (979)314-9155. If we don’t answer right away please do leave a message so we can get back to you as quickly as possible.
Please join us for a weekend to remember!!!
Stay in one of Calvert’s magnificent historic bed and breakfasts for the complete Victorian experience. Rooms are very limited so early reservations are strongly suggested.
Pin Oak B&B — 979-364-2935, 888-367-8096, www.pinoakbb.com
Parish House – 979-574-5603, www.parishbb.com
Annie Mae’s – 979-219-9235, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hammond House – 979-364-2201, www.thehammondhouse.com
If rooms are sold out, please contact VictorianCalvert@gmail.com or call (979)314-9155 for other accommodation options.