- How much does the festival cost?
- Victorian Days is a free outdoor festival. There are no festival tickets to buy, and most events and activities are free of charge to the public.
A few activities do require ticket purchase or an entry fee, and those are clearly posted at the event and on this website. Events with a fee include:
Additionally, donations are appreciated to help cover expenses at the High Tea.
- Riverboat rides on the Grand Princess, $8 adults, $3 children
- Carriage rides around town, $5 per person
- Grand Victorian Ball, 7pm to 11pm Saturday, 6 May 2017, $25 per ticket if purchased before 29 March 2017 ($30 per ticket after 29 March 2017).
- May I bring my dog (/miniature horse/platypus) to the festival?
- Yes! Leashed pets are welcome at our outdoor festival. Because lots of children attend our activities and other guests will also bring dogs, you'll find your day most enjoyable if your pet is friendly, well-behaved, and accustomed to crowds. Also, to assist your quadripedal companion with his or her best etiquette, remember to bring along baggies with which to collect... leavings.
Of course, assistance and guide companions are always welcome everywhere.
- I've heard you're having a ball this year. Where can I get tickets?
- Why, yes, we are!
Tickets will go on sale soon. Watch our Ball information page or our Facebook for updates, or call Sylvania at 517.316.6694 to be notified when they are available.
- Who is your caller for the Ball?
- We're thrilled to announce that the talented and very experienced dance prompter, Mr Jim McKinney of the Golden Griffon, will joining us this year.
If you've been to Civil War Balls, you're likely to notice that ours is a bit different, however; we have more uncalled waltzes than the Civil War Balls tend to do, in keeping with the spirit of high society European balls of the 1850s through 1880s, after which our ball is modelled.
- How should I dress for the Ball? Must I wear a Victorian costume?
- Victorian dress is recommended, though entirely optional for our Grand Victorian Ball. The ball is formal, so feel free to dress as you would for a fancy party.
- Will there be a parade this year?
- We do apologise, but due to limited resources and other circumstances beyond our control, we will be unable to host a parade during this year's festival.
We do have many other exciting events planned, however, including several that are brand new this year.
- I'm sorry to point this out, but you've spelled "G-a-z-e-t-t-e-e-r" incorrectly.
- We're actually glad you noticed — it's a bit of a play on words. You see, we're hoping that you'll enjoy our festival newspaper, thoughtfully crafted and designed to mimic those from days gone by, so much that it "eats" your "gaze!"
Corny? Sure. But aren't we all, just a little?
- I Liked you on Facebook - why didn't you Like me back?
- We're really sorry, but it's likely that we couldn't.
On Facebook, there's a difference between a personal timeline and a Facebook Page (note the capital "P" there, it's important), and each allows for different actions.
The Victorian Days Facebook is a Page, not a personal timeline, which means that we can Like other Pages (capital "P"), but we are physically unable to Friend or Like personal timelines.
If you've got an actual Facebook Page and not a personal timeline, we will by all means Like you back! Otherwise, unfortunately, Facebook doesn't give us any buttons with which to do so.
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