Life has been very hectic in our home for the last 9 months. Last November we welcomed our baby girl. It’s been a season of joy but I told my husband recently “I need the day of Gladys” just like George Costanza was going to have the “Summer of George” (Seinfeld – The Summer of George – Season 8 – Episode 22). Remember that episode? George had 3 paid months off from work !! I would be happy just to have a whole afternoon for me. Well, my hubby was listening this time and arranged a “day of Gladys”. He secretly planned it all, childcare, eating out and everything and took me to the opening of the Gone With The Wind Reel to Real Exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center. Having lived in the Orlando, Florida area for 15 years, I had never visited this cool museum. It is located in Downtown Orlando within walking steps from Lake Eola and the public library.
I was so excited when he showed me the tickets. Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite movies. I fell in love with it the first time I watched it on TV after they had added color to it. I even owned the VHS version which I bought in the 90’s (although we got rid of our prehistoric VHS a while back so now it’s just a souvenir). I bought once a 1000 piece puzzle with the images of Rhett and Scarlett. I must confess I never finished putting it together. No one wanted to help me…
This amazing collection of GWTW memorabilia belongs to James L. Tumblin. He has invested a lot of money on it and graciously shares it with all of us fans of this classic. During the opening of the exhibit, I had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Tumblin as he walked us through every item in the collection. He gave us interesting details on how he got some of the pieces. In this exhibit you will see many cool things from some of the original wardrobe, hats, posters, newspaper articles, sketches from the wardrobe designer and much more.
I found this particular poster very interesting. Back then they had to add a note on it “Not suitable for children”. I do agree this movie is not for children but I wonder how would it be rated today… would it be PG or PG13? I am curious though, here they have a very sexy image of Rhett and Scarlett but the actual movie never showed Rhett Butler without a shirt on. So what is this all about? Some false advertisement back then? Funny.
At the opening there were some people dressed with a Scarlett vibe which I thought was great. I especially loved this girl’s outfit wearing a hat similar to the one Scarlett had at the picnic. Speaking of which, I learned at the presentation that the beautiful dress that Scarlett wore during the picnic scene at the beginning of the movie got totally destroyed. Apparently the green color used for the floral print was so strong that when the dress came out of storage it turned into pieces. They did save the belt and a piece fabric which was framed and included on the exhibit.
This fabulous collection will be in Orlando until November 30, 2014. There are some upcoming events connected to it like a trivia night on September 10 and a special brunch on November 2. Also, the Enzian Theater in Maitland will be presenting the film on November 9. Visit thehistorycenter.org/exhibits/GWTW for more information on these events.
The Orange County Regional History Center is located in Downtown Orlando at 65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL. Metered parking is available for up to 2 hours. There are also several paid parking garages in the area. Give yourself time to enjoy this exhibit and also visit the rest of the History Center. It’s pretty interesting. There is a cute plaza right outside the doors of the museum. I found this little guy out there… what you think??? My sweet husband never saw Gone with the Wind until after we went to the exhibit. He sat down with me at home and we rented it from Amazon. Very convenient for us. If you happen to be in Orlando don’t miss this exhibit.
Sweet Vintage Lady