I had read in the Summer 2011 IOLI Bulletin about Marjorie Merriweather Post's Lace Exhibition at the Hillwood Museum in Washington D.C. and told James that I would love to see it. I few days ago I read it again and saw that it will be over at the end of the year. Oh, no. Well, dear James said "let's go" and went to his computer.
First he bought round-trip"Megabus" tickets from Richmond Main Station to Washington DC. Then he booked a hotel room for one night. Special rates right now since the politicions have gone home. And oh yes, he also bought tickets for a concert at the Kennedy Center.
The bus was on time and quite comfy with power jacks and WiFi. The two of us going there was $23 and coming back $14 for a total for both of us including 50c reservation fee was $37.50. Isn't that great?
Have a look at www.HillwoodMuseum.org
The first thing we learned was that the exhibition was extended to January 15.
No photography allowed inside here. But you can get an impression at the above website. The Hapsburg Veil mentioned in the IOLI article is truly breathtaking. But it is not the only eye-candy. Even James enjoyed the exhibition.
When you pay for your ticket you have the choice between a guided tour or an audio gadget. The audio thing where you press numbers when you want to know about something you are standing in front of is SUPER.
But look ... lace. And you were allowed to take photos here, but only without flash.
You can see the painting of "A Boyar Wedding Feast" on the website.
This table display was inspired by Dina Merrill's wedding luncheon. Dina (born Nedenia Hutton) is Marjorie's child with second husband (youngest of three daughters altogether).
One of six leaves for the table which dates 1928 and was made in Florence, Italy. It can be extended to 28 feet and is made from many different kinds of stones and marble etc. You can see the colors shimmer through the table cloth.
It is actually from the Summer Palace from Katherine the Great.
Love this portable sacraments box. It's from 1793 and silver.
Wedding gown of a relative (stepdaughter?) in the guest quarters.
Of to the cafe next door in the former garage/carriage house. Really nice food for lunch!
Then waiting for the bus. It was on time.
Soon we are back home. All is well. What a great little trip!!!