Dressing Downton ™ Opening Reception

The Dreamland Orchestra is best known for performances at high end events including the Cannes Film Festival, The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island in New York City. Aranella created the orchestra, and the lawn party, to fulfill his lifelong fascination with times past, and he transcribes all of the orchestra’s repertoire by hand.


Celebrate An Historic Evening with the Lightner Museum

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Come to Lightner Museum in high style to celebrate the opening reception of the Museum’s most anticipated exhibition, Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times™ .

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

See the exhibition before it opens to the public! Dressing Downton™, a thirteen-week display of 36 authentic Edwardian Era costumes and accessories from PBS’s most popular television drama in history, Downton Abbey, will be elegantly displayed in the Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery.



Rub elbows with Jessica Fellowes, author and speaker on everything Downton Abbey®. Jessica Fellowes is in her fifth year of global lectures, accompanying her latest official companion books to the hit television series. Her books, The Wit & Wisdom of Downton Abbey, a collection of her favorite quotes, and Downton Abbey: A Celebration, a review of all six seasons, were on the New York Times’ bestseller lists. As niece of creator and scriptwriter Julian Fellowes, Jessica is well placed to deliver insights into the real-life inspirations behind the show.



Hors d’oevres, early 20th century inspired cocktails, music and snobbery will ensue.

Period appropriate attire is encouraged.

ITV1 Drama, Downtown Abbey Series 3. Episode 2..Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary..The third series, set in 1920, sees the return of all the much loved characters in the sumptuous setting of Downtown Abbey. As they face new challenges, the Crawley Family and the Servants who work for them remain inseparably interlinked..© Carnival Film & Television Limited.

Dressing Downton™ Exhibition Opening Reception Gala Chairs:

Linda Bartimus

Carolyn Smith

Edith Walsh

Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses, and sponsors.

This event is funded in part by Bank of America, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, St. Augustine Distillery, Flower Works, and PRI Productions.


Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2016 Carnival Film & Television Limited. A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production. Carnival logo ©2005 Carnival Film & Television Limited. Masterpiece is a trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.