Sunday, March 29, 2015

Preview of the Group Photo

Thank you so much to all who attended the Fourth Annual Francaise Dinner. We were very pleased to be able to welcome so many fine folks to Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant last night. And we all looked fabulous, if I do say so myself!

Here is a draft copy of the group photo, courtesy of our intrepid photographer Beth of BWPW Photography. It has not had the benefit of Beth's photo editing skills, but she wanted to give us all a preview quickly (thank you Beth!). Final copies of photos from last night will be available in a gallery set up by Beth. We will post the link online here on the website when it is available.

We hope to see you at next year's dinner!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Arrangements for the Group Photo

We would like to gather all of our guests together to take a large group photo--to commemorate our esteemed assemblage in all its costumed glory! Thus, we ask that you arrive by 6:15 (the doors open at 5:30) so that we may take this photograph before the sun sets. If the weather permits, we will take the picture in the outdoor courtyard at Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant. Our photographer, Beth of BWPW Photography, will take shots both with her camera and with Gloria's camera as backup. The photo from Gloria's camera will be made available shortly after the dinner, while the photos from Beth's camera will be professionally edited and available on her website. (Copies with a small watermark will be offered free of charge, while copies without the watermark can be purchased according to the pricing posted here.) Since we have 40 people attending the dinner, we ask that guests do not also attempt to take their own pictures of the whole group during this time, so as to avoid having people stand for an extended period.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Please Come Dressed or Make Arrangements to Change Elsewhere Before Arriving

We are counting down the days to the Francaise Dinner! There is less than a month left! In preparation for the night's festivities, we wanted to address some questions that have arisen regarding changing space.

Our venue, Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant, is located in a historic structure, and thus only has a small restroom available to their diners. As we are only occupying one of the tavern's three dining rooms that evening, we would ask people not to change on site. We do not wish to inconvenience the restaurant nor its other patrons, and we would like to be welcomed back to Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant for next year's Francaise Dinner, should we wish to have it there again. This is a fabulous venue for hosting a costumed event, and we would very much like everyone to have a great time, while still respecting the needs of the restaurant and of its other visitors.

Because this is an event at a public place (rather than a private event in someone's home), and because we have 40 people coming, we are unfortunately unable to provide changing space. Therefore, we ask that you make your own arrangements. As the three Francaise Dinner hostesses live in or around Alexandria, we will not be staying in a hotel near the restaurant. Because this is an evening event, we imagine that most people who are traveling have overnight accommodations in the vicinity. However, if you were not planning on staying overnight and need somewhere to change, please contact the hostesses for assistance with finding a suitable location. Note that we cannot guarantee that finding space will be possible. Alternatively, you are welcome to comment on this blog asking if someone is willing to help you out. We cannot make any guarantees, but we will do our best to help in any way we can; we want everyone to have a wonderful evening!

Also, please note that the stylist sessions are an extra service being offered by Jenny-Rose, a third party vendor not directly associated with the Francaise Dinner. Her appointments are not being held at the restaurant itself.

We look forward to welcoming you all for the 4th Annual Francaise Dinner soon!