Something Old, Something New with Monte Durham

Whether you are a history buff, a vintage fashion fan, newly married, engaged (or about to be), you are in for a sweet post-Valentine’s day treat on February 16th for Something Old, Something New at River Farm in Alexandria.  Monte Durham, the star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta, will be here in person to show off and talk about some special vintage wedding dresses hand-picked from his own private collection.   


Among the dresses on display will be Monte’s one-of-a-kind replica of the wedding gown Jacqueline Lee Bouvier wore when she married Senator John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1953. Monte’s most vintage gown will sweep attendees off their feet and back into the roaring 1920s.  While meeting and mingling with Monte, show attendees will enjoy sweet treats and refreshments courtesy of Main Event Caterers of Arlington, Virginia.  


The history of the wedding dress is quite remarkable. Take this unique opportunity to learn from the best of the best, Monte Durham, as he presents fashion styles throughout the decades and what to expect in upcoming trends.  Learn how fashion and traditions came to be and then evolved over time.  His mastery of textiles and design can help you determine the proper elements to honor the past, navigate family and religious obligations, and help set an ultimate new course of personal style. Slipper satin, or silk, beads, or lace, or beaded lace; how to choose and what exactly is the difference in a fit and flare gown and a trumpet gown?  Monte will cover all these questions and more, with his impeccable insight on fashion and couture.


Join us for this fun fashion event at River Farm by reserving your space now. Seating is limited, doors open at noon on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at River Farm in Alexandria, VA.  $25 per person registration fee includes Something Old, Something New with Monte Durham, sweet treats and refreshments by Main Event Caterers and one *limited-edition bone china AHS Floral Garden Mug.  Parking is free. Registration is now open.


River Farm is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society (AHS) and is ranked as one of the best venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. Indoors and outdoors, and any time of year, River Farm serves as an ideal location for your wedding, social gathering, or business meeting. The manor-style house, formal and informal gardens, and sprawling lawns offer endless options for your creativity in planning a memorable event on the 25 acre riverfront property. AHS Event staff will be available to provide tours and consultation for anyone interested in planning a future special event or wedding at River Farm.


River Farm is located four miles south of Old Town Alexandria on the banks of the Potomac just off the GW Parkway.  AHS at River Farm 7931 East Boulevard Drive Alexandria, VA 22308

Click here to read more about Monte Durham and his connection to River Farm and the wedding industry. 


*Each limited edition 8-ounce bone china mug features a seasonal floral wraparound design by nature artist Liz Clayton Fuller with AHS logo on the underside. Dishwasher and microwave safe, of course.


A2 - Cultivating a Successful School Garden Network: Notes from Washington, D.C.
A3 - Discover Fun and Interesting Fruits and Veggies for the Garden
A4 - Benefits of School Gardens
A5 - Sensory Gardens that Maximize Play
A6 - Promoting Safe Food Gardening and Handling Practices in Youth Gardens
A7 - Panel on Access to Gardens, Food, and Related Programs

B1 - Cross-Curricular Cooking
B2 - Slow Food in the Garden
B3 - Constructing a Table Top Literary Garden
B4 - Little Budget, Big Impact! Hands-on Lessons Needing Few Supplies
B5 - Li'l Sprouts: Growing Gardens and Toddlers Together
B6 - Got Veggies?: Garden-Based Nutrition in Action
B7 - Gardening with Children

C1 - Plants from WHEN and WHERE?
C2 - One Week Gardening Camp Ideas
C3 - Recipe for Success: Developing Garden-Based Culinary Programs
C4 - Learning Gardens: Making Outdoor Education Irresistible, Relevant and Resilient
C5 - Growing a Garden of Books!
C6 - Integrating Garden Produce into the School and Community
C7 - Not Your Grandmother's Librarian-21st Century Resources for Gardening
C8 - Teachable Landscapes: Using Gardens for Informal Science Learning

D1 - Get Comfortable with Butterflies and Other Pollinators
D2 - Your Garden Toolkit: The Right Tools for a Children’s Garden
D3 - Lessons for Today’s Children’s Garden Educators from Research
D4 - Garden-Based Programs: Planting the Seeds for Youth Empowerment
D5 - Garden Mindfulness Games
D6 - Developing Curriculum Resources and Networking for School Gardens: A Model
D7 - Operating a Greenhouse with Special Needs Student
D8 - SMARTE Garden

E1 - The Children's Vegetable Garden Program
E2 - Creating Proactive Policies for School Gardens
E3 - The Role of School Gardens within the Social Ecological Model
E4 - The Smelly Garden: From Zero to Engaging in One Year
E5 - Horticultural Therapy and Junior Master Gardeners
E6 - Hands-On Outdoor Learning: Children’s Experiences at Gardens, Zoos, and Museums
E7 - An Informal Discussion in Nutrition Education: Approaches and Challenges
E8 - Lawyers, (Squirt) Guns, & Money: The Impertinent Program

F1 - Preparing Students to be Teachers and Leaders in the Garden
F2 - Where Wonder Takes You
F3 - Ecological Literacy in the Outdoor Learnscape
F4 - The Butterflies are Coming!
F5 - Garden Connections/Permaculture 101
F6 - Making the Case for Garden-Based Field Trips
F7 - Connecting Generations in School Gardens
F8 - Nature Play in the Garden

G1 - Creating a Safe Space for your Children's Garden
G2 - Youth Gardens and Sharing with Neighbors in Need
G3 - Horticultural Therapy: Gardening with Pediatric Patients in a Hospital Environment
G4 - Creating Sustainable Schoolyards in the Philadelphia School System
G5 - Maintaining the Miracle
G6 - Education through Aquaponic Learning
G7 - Using Project-Based Learning to Teach Plant Growth and Development
G8 - Beneficial Partnerships


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Something Old, Something New with Monte Durham
Join TLC’s Monte Durham For Fashion Talk and Tea at River Farm
Single class scheduled on 2/16/2019 at 12:00PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.

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