May is not only a month to watch the flowers bloom, but it is also a time to celebrate Historic Preservation Month.
In 1955, a group of Savannah residents, led by Anna Colquitt Hunter, joined forces to save the Isaiah Davenport House, an 1820s brick home on Columbia Square. The Davenport’s preservation gave birth to the Savannah Historic Foundation (HSF), and the subsequent salvaging of myriad of historic properties in Savannah Historic District.
The preservation of Savannah’s architecture and history has become a multi-billion-dollar industry and millions of tourists visit the hostess city in search of historical authenticity.
Accordingly, the Davenport House is celebrating Historic Preservation Month with a fashion show benefiting The Davenport House Museum. The Alice in Wonderland themed event is an opportunity to support the museum and its efforts.
“The Davenport House Museum is a cornerstone cultural institution in Savannah,” said Jamie Credle, director of The Davenport House and the HSF. “It is both a symbol of the historic preservation movement as the first building saved by Historic Savannah Foundation and a lively historic house museum.
“It offers enrichment to the community through tours and programs. It is a research institution that is continually discovering new content to add to the city's story. Caring for the building and its contents, creating new programs and supporting ongoing research all require resources. The Mad Hatter's Tipsy Tea Party is an enjoyable way to support Savannah's beacon of preservation."
The Alice in Wonderland themed party was chosen for one simple reason.
“It is a fun theme,” Credle said. “We want to dispel any notions of boring, dusty and stuffy in connection with the Davenport House. Our community loves to do new things — to attract new people and to delight friends. Expanding our reach requires new types of events to appeal to a broad spectrum of interesting and fun-living people.
"Patrons will mingle with costumed characters, Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the Red Queen. There will be a fashion show along with food and tea-infused drinks. There will be a mystical tea leaf reader and there will be a silent auction, as well. All for a great cause.”
The runway will be filled with vintage pieces from Gypsy World Savannah and styled by fashion stylist and tastemaker Mark Ellis.
“The clothing shown at the Mad Hatter's Tea are timely pieces current in their timeless elegance and spun with unexpected pairings reflective of fashion’s broader scope and rewritten rulebook,” Ellis said. All these treasured and cared for pieces of yesteryear feel much at home when worn in the lush and manicured surroundings of the Davenport House formal garden.”
Ready to attend Savannah’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party? Like Lewis Carroll would have said “If you don't know where you are going, any road can take you there.”