Somewhere In Time Parties
attending SIT Celebrations from the beginning, I'm always
impressed with the similarities between SIT fans. Though
we are of all ages, come from various parts of the
country, and have varying backgrounds, SIT fans are a splendid
bunch. By this I mean that our sensibilities are alike
we are romantics at heart, believe in true love and
commitment, appreciate beauty, and feel more comfortable
relating to the elegant and genteel world of the past than our
chaotic, violent present. We long for the time when men
aspired to be gentlemen, and women had time to be ladies.
It is for this very reason that SIT Parties should take place
- we are a special breed, we SIT fans, and we have a lot in
common, just because we love Somewhere In Time.
With the enormous success of Titanic, and other
costumed films like Shakespeare In Love, and A
Midsummer Night's Dream, people have indicated they are
ready to time travel, and "taste the past", if only
for an evening.
Why not explore the
possibilities and plan a Somewhere In Time party of
your own? Once you begin to think along these lines,
surely many options will begin to unfold for you, and before
long, you'll be meeting new friends who are INSITE members in
your area or you'll be helping your present friends discover
the film that could eventually become their "favorite
movie of all time". (In which case, they'll be
forever grateful to you.)
Theme Parties have
been all the rage, ever since the Victorian era. Costume
get-togethers are the most delightful, and are loved by folks
of all ages, as witnessed by all the attendees at the Somewhere
In Time Weekends who make the effort to dress in some sort
of period attire! INSITE has always encouraged members
to have regional events, but they needn't be of epic
proportions--they can be of any size, just use your
imagination and you're sure to come up with a plan for a fun
event to share, mingling with others of like mind.
Most of you, romantic
by nature, are well equipped to plan and carry off a very
intimate Somewhere In Time celebration, especially for
two, but we all need to recharge our romantic batteries now
and again so here are a few tips for those who want to bring a
night of magic alive, within a Somewhere In Time theme.
Party of Two
planning a very romantic "indoor picnic", a' la the
sort that Richard and Elise enjoyed after their night of love?
Spread a pretty cloth, or a lace tablecloth, (even a bedcover
will do) on the floor and then put out a few candles
strategically placed around the room for mood lighting.
Serve a platter of finger foods so you both can enjoy the
tactile sense of the food as well as the flavors. Richard and
Elise shared chicken, cheese and crackers, fruit, such as
grapes, and wine, of course, or champagne will do nicely!
And don't forget dessert! How about a special touch,
such as a plate of petit fours, or chocolates! As you'll
recall, Elise was wearing a lovely pegnoir set, (nightgown
with a matching robe, hers, in lace) and Richard was wearing
his shirt, unbuttoned! A re-enactment of this playful
and touching scene will surely invite romance, especially if
you're playing the movie in the background, or at least the
soundtrack . . . Need we say more?
Small Soirees (swa-rays')
With just a
little effort, a Somewhere In Time soiree (evening
party) will have lasting benefits, for all involved. Why
not invite all those friends who have never seen the film,
(though you've been recommending it to them for years) to come
over for a night of fun and romance? A Somewhere
In Time theme evening is just what they need after a
hectic week of working in the "rat race", balancing
job and home chores, and chauffeuring kids to their various
activities, and feeling the stress on relationships that
surely follow, definitely symptoms of late twentieth century
burn-out! For those wives who tell you, "My husband
won't watch a chick flick like that!" Tell them
that fully 50% of the fans of SIT are MEN. This fact has
been proven true in all of our INSITE ventures:
membership, our SIT Events, and email responses to the SIT
website, in fact, our foreign email is over 85% men. Though
women might see it as a "woman's movie", it is told
entirely from the man's point of view--it's Richard's
story--so men relate to it very well.
it be for a formal dinner party, (Victorian/Edwardian theme or
no) or just curling up on the couch for popcorn and snacks for
a more casual feel, ask your friends to "get in the
mood" by wearing a little something special! Of
course, if you're planning a dinner party, your guests might
enjoy the notion of really "dressing up" in period
style. But it needn't be genuine vintage clothes.
Men can wear suits with suspenders, or just vests and bow
ties, and ladies can wear a lacy blouse and long skirt.
Almost everyone can rustle up these garments without much
trouble. And even if you're planning something casual,
you can urge the dress-up idea. Suggest they wear hats!
This is an easy way to conjure up a "period
atmosphere", and it doesn't take much effort. 1912
was the "year of the derby" for men, and it was all
the rage. For ladies, well, a hat was an essential part of her
attire. Hats of all shapes, from "toque"
styles (a tall, brimless silhouette) to the elaborate
wide-brimmed styles, laden with plumes, netting and flowers,
were being worn on fashionable heads throughout the Edwardian
your guests are planning what they'll wear, you get to work on
the details. How about simple party favors--they were a
frequent nicety at Victorian parties. Make your own, of
paper, perhaps with a pocket watch theme, and wrap up candies
in a bit of netting, with ribbon, as you often see at showers!
For decorations, use inexpensive and easy paper lace doilies
under the glasses, use placecards around the table at each
place setting, very Victorian! Dress your lamps with
lace over their regular shades and hang ribbons and bows from
the light over your table. Candles are wonderful,
naturally, and be sure to play the right music! (Paul
Cook, actor/composer who played "The Doctor" in the
final scene, has a wonderful CD, entitled, "Is It
You?", music inspired by SIT and wonderful dinner music. (See:
With a little ingenuity, you can transform even a thoroughly
modern home to reflect a period feel, temporarily, to suit
It seems appropriate
here to mention the ideal use of the Somewhere
In Time Gallery line of collectibles, which can come
in handy to enhance your celebration: mugs, magnets,
Elise Portraits, invitations written on the beautiful note
cards, key chains as favors, T-shirts to wear, and have a movie
poster on display at the entrance to the party. Use the
postcards as favors, and have the pretty images spread around
abundantly for atmosphere. Guests will want to look
through INSITE Founder, Bill Shepard's great book, "The
Somewhere In Time Story", all about the making of the
film, from Matheson's inspiration of the "real
Elise", Maude Adams, all the way to post production and
beyond. And you can have a lot of fun with trivia
questions, from Steve Ellis' "Somewhere In Time Trivia
Book", even arrange your own Trivia Contest!
What to do with your
guests? Well, for the main event of the evening, whether
formal or casual, set a time to begin the showing of Somewhere
in Time. But be sure to allow plenty of mingling time,
when your guests will want to share their ideas of romance and
admire each other in their finery. Take pictures,
perhaps even those "serious" period photographs you
often see in antique shops, with the man sitting in a chair
and the wife standing beside him! Perhaps, play a party
game with a romance theme (definitely not Twister or Spin the
Bottle!) But you could try this one. Have each of
your guests write the finish to this sentence on a piece of
paper: "As a prelude to a special night of love, I
wish my partner would" And then collect them and
read them aloud! That's one way to get an assortment of
ideas, even if they are hilarious! Then when everyone
has found a comfortable seat, turn the lights out, and start
the film, and you might want to inconspicuously have a box of
Now, if you're
feeling like meeting new friends from the INSITE family, then
here's what you can do. Plan a backyard picnic or a
casual indoor gathering for late afternoon and early evening.
Invite folks from your area from the Membership Directory.
No need for special arrangements here, though at a regional
gathering planned by a few Nashville members a few years back,
a small banquet room at a hotel was rented, and a large screen
TV was rolled in to show the movie. Somewhere In Time
fans come ready with romantic hearts. And they don't need
excuses to celebrate SIT! In fact, plenty of fans say
they are sorely lacking in associates who share an interest in
such things as a romantic lifestyle, and appreciation for the
past, and are looking for folks to talk with on such topics.
Now here is the
perfect opportunity to enhance the gathering by bringing in
the Celebrity Guests. How? Well, the Somewhere
In Time Event Videos can bring the celebrities who created
SIT right to you! In these popular videos, Christopher
Reeve, Jane Seymour, writer Richard Matheson, director Jeannot
Szwarc, producer Stephen (Deutsch) Simon, editor Jeff Gourson,
Bill Erwin ("Arthur") and Susan French
("Elderly Elise"), and others, have all shared their
intimate stories and private interviews with us, for all time.
The newest SIT Event Video, #6, "Jane Seymour Returns to
Mackinac" has recently been released, sharing Jane's
landmark visit with the fans at the SIT Weekend at Grand
Hotel. This video also has a second program on it,
"The New York Premiere of Somewhere in Time, a fabulous
event Universal threw to kick off the 20th Anniversary DVD,
which BOTH Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour attended, also
Teresa Wright and Stephen Simon--dream material you don't want
to miss! This video is a huge hit! As time goes
on, these historic visits with the celebrities will become
even more special. They may not always be able to be
present physically, but they are on video for all time, to
share with us, the devoted fans, the magic of Somewhere In
Time. Few films have been documented to such an extent,
and there is so much fascinating material in each one of the
tapes. If you decide to play one of the videos, or
portions of each, your gathering will really feel like a
larger affair. (Event Videos are available through the SIT
Gallery line too) Somewhere
In Time Gallery. Of course, SIT fans will greatly
appreciate the opportunity to gather, and they will likely
volunteer to help you plan and even share the cost of such a
party. Even a modest "admission fee" would not
be out of line.
We encourage you to
get your creative juices flowing, and plan your own Somewhere
In Time Affairs, large or small, and then tell us what you
did, and how you did it! You're guaranteed to make a
lovely event if your theme is SIT, and one that you'll
remember always (and so will your guests!) If you need
help or suggestions on how to coordinate larger SIT affairs, contact
Forget . . .
your SIT Party, be sure to use one of these toasts from
1912 Bartenders Guide:
Here's to our
sweethearts and our wives;
May our sweethearts soon become our wives,
And our wives ever remain our sweethearts.
When going up the
Hill of Prosperity,
May you never meet any friend coming down.
May all single men be
And all married men happy.
To Woman: The
fairest work of the Great Author;
The edition is large, and no man should be without a copy.
May we have the
unspeakable good fortune
To win a true heart, and the merit to keep it.
May Dame Fortune ever
smile on you.
But never her daughter -- Miss Fortune.