Victorian Lady to appear at North Haven library

Victorian Lady to appear at North Haven library

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By Lauren Takores

NORTH HAVEN — As PBS rolls out the second season of “Victoria,” a library program will bring the Victorian Era to life locally.

The North Haven Memorial Library will host Kandie Carle, of East Haddam, in her one-woman show, “The Victorian Lady,” from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. 

Dressed in authentic and reproduced clothing, including undergarments and accessories, Carlie combines history and humor as she talks about fashion, home life, and etiquette of the men and women during the Victorian Era, which spanned 1837 to 1901. 

Carlie said her presentation will focus on the mid-1860s, when Prince Albert, Queen Victora’s husband and consort, died and the United States was consumed by the Civil War. 

She will dress “from the inside out,” she said, and by the end will be dressed as woman from 1863-1864 going to event at her local library. 

The show is for ages 8 and up, aimed at men and women. 

“Multi-generational is always fabulous,” she said, as she also talks about children’s and men’s garments with Q&A throughout. 

Carle is a professional actress and, what she calls, a living historian. Involved in theater since 1980 as actor, singer, dancer, she’s the producing artistic director of the East Haddam Stage Company, which produces live theater around the state. 

She began performing her one-woman show in 1996, and by 1998 to 1999 it became all-consuming, she said. 

“Yes, I do this full-time,” she said, adding that she created another solo show four years ago about Regency fashion, in the time of Jane Austen.

Laurel Oravetz, library program coordinator, said Carle has a good reputation among the libraries that have hosted her. She said libraries often share contact and program information.

“They all gave raving reviews,” Oravetz said.

She added that Carle is one of the first living historians to visit the library, and if all goes well perhaps the library will host similar historical reenactors in the future.

“We want to see how it will go over,” she said.


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The Victorian Lady

2-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm St.

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