Presentation on Gilded Age on Saturday


Kandie Carle performs a piece about the Gilded Age at Prospect United Methodist Church in Bristol on Saturday.

Kandie Carle performs a piece about the Gilded Age at Prospect United Methodist Church in Bristol on Saturday.

Kandie Carle, known for her one-woman shows on fashion, life and etiquette during eras ranging from the 1860s to the early 1900s, will appear at Prospect United Methodist Church, 99 Summer St., on Saturday, Nov.  9, with a program on the Gilded Age — the 1890s.


The presentation is sponsored by the Prospect History Committee to help promote historic preservation projects and Prospect’s history. The committee selected the Gilded Age because Prospect’s current sanctuary was completed during the 1890s.


A luncheon at Noon in Sessions Hall will precede the program, scheduled for 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Tickets, at $15, will cover both the luncheon and program. Tickets are available after the 10 a.m. service from members of the History Committee and through the church office weekday mornings.  Tickets must be obtained in advance. No tickets will be available at the door.

Carle, from East Haddam, combines history, humor, and high fashion in her presentations, appropriate for girls, boys, women and men of all ages. It’s recommended for more mature children ages 10 and up. She is an accomplished actress, dancer and singer whose love of history led her to create a one-woman show entitled “Kandie Carle — Victorian Lady.”

In addition to the Gilded Age, she also presents programs detailing life in the 1860s, the Civil War Era; the 1890s, the Gilded Age; and the early 1900s, the Edwardian Era.

While dressing in actual vintage and authentically reproduced undergarments, clothing and accessories, Carle adds humor, history and intriguing anecdotes about fashion, home life and etiquette of men and women from this era. The presentation is not a fashion show; rather, Carle takes her audience on a journey of discovery by using clothing and accessories as a tool.

She dresses in layer upon layer of the clothing of the chosen period and as each piece is added, she explains how it was worn, as well as when and where it was appropriate. Throughout the presentation she shares insights into the clothing, lifestyle, manners, etiquette and customs of men, women and children. Included are interesting anecdotes and “myth busting.” The performance is full of audience interaction, and edited for those in attendance.

Among the organizations, she belongs to are the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, New England Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut League of History Organizations, Association of Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Jane Austen Society of New England. She also is artistic director of the East Haddam Stage Company.

The program is open to the public.