SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Free Edwardian Picnic Dance in Neverland

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10 AM - 4:30 PM

Lincoln Park
Alameda, California

Pack a picnic basket and join us for a lovely Edwardian picnic dance among the roses in beautiful Lincoln Park at 1450 High Street in Alameda. Enjoy a day of leisurely picnicking and Victorian/Edwardian dancing to the music of the glorious Bangers & Mash. Admission is FREE - our way of thanking our guests for their loyal support of PEERS.

The picnic begins at 10 AM (Come early for the best picnic spots. We're near the Rose Garden), and Bangers & Mash plays vintage dance music of the 1890s and early 1900s from 1pm - 4:30pm, ranging from waltzes and polkas to set dances and mixers (All pattern dances will be taught and called).

Please bring your own picnic (the event is not a potluck) and - if you like - your own picnic furniture and accessories. Efforts to make your picnic spot look as period as possible are appreciated.

Our 2017 Picnic Dance is set in the universe of James Barrie's Peter Pan and (well-mannered) children of all ages are welcome! Edwardian costume (1900-1914) is admired but not required. Come dressed as a fashionable Edwardian Londoner - friends of Mr. and Mrs. Darling perhaps? - or come in a fantasy costume inspired by Peter Pan's Neverland: Fairies, mermaids, pirates, the Lost Boys and Girls (this is the feminist version!), etc. are all welcome, but - to be perfectly clear - costumes are admired, not required.

Costumers: Be stunningly fashionable or sensibly casual (Ladies are certainly welcome to wear their "Rational Dress" or cycling costumes!). Picturesque hats and parasols are encouraged. But if you plan to dance, be sure to wear sensible low-heeled shoes, dance sneakers, or boots suitable for outdoor dancing. We should also remind anyone planning to do fantasy costuming that our delightful Alameda summer weather is often cool in August. It's an excellent idea to dress in layers for the picnic and to bring a coat, shawl, or wrap, especially for the morning.

Cost: Free (donations are encouraged)