Hard to believe that our chapter of Romance Writers of American, the Beau Monde, is 25 years old. I remember most of the beginning. I had already published a novel co-written with a friend, but I was new-ish to the regency world. Nevertheless, I dived in whole-heartedly. Is that a mixed metaphor or what?
In addition to the pre-conference bash with my fellow regency addicts on Tuesday, April 23, and all the hoopla of RWA's packed schedule, I am looking forward to lots to do in New York City. The last time RWA met there in 2015, we actually saw Hamilton while it was in Broadway previews. We thought twice about it, because tickets were pricey and I wasn't so sure I'd like a hip-hop musical. But we went and ADORED it. Couldn't have been more wonderful -- and of course "everyone" at home was totally envious.
We also saw and loved An American in Paris...who knew it had never been on Broadway before? Concert piece and movie, yes. It was wonderful, if not as unique as Hamilton. This year? We'll see!
We have plans for several exhibitions and I am determined to make it to the Whitney this year and stroll the Highline. Also visit the Hudson Yards. And some old favorites like the Morgan Library and the Frick as well as a slice of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Here is a room I will stop by to greet again, the Dining Room from London's Lansdowne House in Mayfair. It is one of the buildings I talk about in my presentation to The Beau Monde on "London Mansions." Below, Lansdowne House as it was in the early 19th century.
In the 1930,'s a large section of the house was demolished and that is how the dining room and the saloon ended up in museums, the latter in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, below.
The remainder of the house and some additions are now The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place, London. Below, The Palm Room, Spencer House, London.
More London Mansions, next week...
Victoria Hinshaw, Author