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"Downton Abbey: Season 3" Event Photos

Posted on 31 Dec 2012

On Dec. 19, the AETN Foundation had a (figurative) ball at the Jazz Age Cocktail Reception and "Downton Abbey: Season 3" Screening Event. Mary and Matthew drama erupted, Shirley MacLaine made her grand entrance, the quipped and schemed - all truly wonderful. But even better? Our fabulous viewers and friends who attended!

From elegant ladies and lordly gents …

An elegant "Upstairs" couple

to flapper girls …

Flapper Girls 

and the Downstairs crew, you all had quite the turn out!

Costume Party Winners 

With hats …

This sporty couple dons lovely chapeaux.

 and furs …

Mother and daughter don lovely wraps. 

(and even riding crops) ...


Friends pose with Highclere Castle.

you all set the bar high for the costume contest. Believe us when we say that we couldn't choose everyone we wanted to as finalists - just look at the photos on Flickr!

Ladies Costume Contest Finalists 

In the end, though, the Downstairs crew swept the audience's vote.

Men's Costume Contest Finalists 

Funnily enough, our winners were brother and sister, which, we suppose, proves that not all siblings are rivals when it comes to Downton!

 A "Downton Abbey" Family, Upstairs and Down

Of course, in addition to the stupendous costumes, there was much more fun to be had with delicious food from Starving Artist Cafe, drinks from Glazer's Distributors, Inc., of Arkansas - including a signature Lady Mary champagne cocktail, and beautiful music provided by members of the Conway Symphony Orchestra.

Conway Symphony Orchestra members play at the AETN Foundation Jazz Age Cocktail Reception.

Feeling sad you missed the event? There's no reason to despair! While we can't promise your shindig will be quite so wonderful as ours (if we do say so ourselves), we're quite happy to invite you to out-do us.

Costumed guests feast at the AETN Foundation Jazz Age Cocktail Reception. 

Season 3 premieres this Sunday, Jan. 6, at 9 p.m. Take our challenge and send your soiree pics to marketing@aetn.org and we just might have to show them off - or invite you to guest blog for us!

AETN staff gather for "Downton Abbey."

And, of course, a very happy New Year to you and yours from all of us at AETN!


AETN Foundation Jazz Age Cocktail Reception and "Downton Abbey: Season 3" Screening Event Photos


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