The Curious Collectors
Twentieth Gasfitters' Ball

Diamond Jubilee

he Victorian age was one of innocence and splendor, which we will never see again.  Those attending the 2011 Gasfitters' Ball have the opportunity to recapture some of that adventure and enchantment.

     Travel back to the fog enshrouded, gas lit streets of Victoria's London and assume one of the many personalities found in the pages of history, or in the Sherlockian Canon.
     Join a vast array of Victorian personalities from England and the far corners of the Empireas we celebrate "Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee."  Be inventive! (You may come as any character from the Sherlockian Canon or any historical or fictional character of the age).  We ask that you attend the Ball in a costume befitting the rank and station of your chosen character.
     Note: This is not a requirement for participation.  Your character selection must acompany your reservation.
     Please include your "character" with your RSVP along with your phone number so that we may contact you if a second selection becomes necessary.  You will be notified if there is a duplication.  Send in your reservation early so that you are guaranteed your first choice!

All monies must be received no later than October 30th
Tickets are by advance purchase only!
Make checks payable and mail to:
Jerry & Chrys Kegley
18014 Sherman Way #275
Reseda, Ca 91335

Information: Jerry & Chrys Kegley
(818) 675-5399 or (818) 675-5581
(click here for a printer-friendly reservation form)

Diamond Jubilee

n 23 September 1896, Victoria surpassed George III as the longest-reigning monarch in English, Scottish and British history.  The Queen requested that any special celebrations be delayed until 1897, to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee, which was made a festival of the British Empire at the suggestion of Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain.

The Prime Ministers of all the self-governing dominions were invited, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee procession through London included troops from all over the Empire.  The parade paused for an open-air service of thansgiving held outside St. Paul's Cathedral, throughout which Victoria sat in her open carriage.  The celebration was marked by great outpourings of affection for the septuagenerian Queen.

Eleven Colonial Prime Ministers were in attendance.  The Queen's progress continued via Mansion House across London Bridge and through South London, before returning over Westminster Bridge, past the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace.

In her journal the Queen wrote: "No one ever, I believe, has met with such an ovation as was given to me, passing through those 6 miles of streets...  The cheering was quite deafening & every face seemed to be filled with real joy, I was much moved and gratified.

Had a large family dinner.  All the Royalties assembled in the Bow Room, and we dined in the Supper-room, which looked splendid with the buffet covered with the gold plate.  The table was a large horseshoe one with many lights on it.

The King of Denmark took me in, and Willy of Greece sat on my other side.  The Princes were all in uniform, and the Princesses were all beautifully dressed.   Afterwards we went into the Ballroom, where my band played."

Fifty foreign kings and princes, along with the governing heads of Britain's overseas colonies and dominions attended the feast.

You get the picture.  Remember you can attend as any of the above mentioned dignitaries, one of Doyle's characters, or as someone from the pages of history or literature.  The sky's the limit. Use your imagination and have fun.

A dinner and dessert buffet will be served
No-host cash bar: Beer, Wine and Champagne only.

The Woman's Club of South Pasadena
1424 Fremont Ave.
South Pasadena, California 91030
Corner of Fremont & Rollin St.
Parking across the street at the
S. Pasadena High School

This year, prizes are awarded for the following:
Best Costume (Male & Female)
Best Dancers (Male & Female)
Best Victorian Personage Characterization (Male & Female)
A King and Queen of the Ball
will be appointed.

Please Note: there will be no dressing on site!
please be in costume upon arrival.

Queen Victoria - Diamond Jubilee

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