WHYY Celebrates The Ending of Downton Abbey with A Party for Longtime Fans Who Dressed for the Occassion

Tonight was the ending of the much beloved, long running series Downton Abbey. Not since the Beatles invasion in 1964, has America fallen in love with a group of Brits as they have with Crawley’s.

 Earlier today I attended a party at WHYY’s “Going Out of Style – Downton Abbey” party,

where members of WHYY and guests enjoyed an afternoon of scone sampling, tea tasting with Molly’s Irish Cream. While parading about in their best Downton Abbey’s inspired garb.

Elisa Cortes, Monica Bates and Kimberly McLinden with their sketches

Dakota Bryson, Tori Dallas and Victoria Jenkins

They also met fashion design students who brought their sketches of fashion inspired by the TV show, which were re-imagined for the 21st Century.

 The guests then adjourned to the auditorim to listen to th sounds of The Blackbird Society Orchestra and listen to a lecture on fashion from the period from Jennifer Nesbitt, before we all settled in to watch the series finale.

William Marrazzo, Chief Executive Officer and President at WHYY and Randi Marrazzo, ‎Lecturer in Voice at Temple University, Private Voice Teacher, Founding Artistic Director Emerita of Lyric Fest – ‎Temple University  
Mary Ellen Volb and Jennette Lynch both cited the episode where Matthew proposed to Mary as their favorite one.
Robert Wickman and Sally Wickman, watched every episode together. There was no Downton adultery in their lives. that’s when one person watches an episode before the other gets a chance to see it. PS That happens a lot in my house.
Nancy Morales and Ann Rogers. Nancy custom made her outfit, and dyed her dress to match the color of the Crawley living room.
Margaret Leonard and William Reynolds
Dusan Osessey

Bob Kravitz, formerly longtime photog for 6ABC and Susan Kravitz
Rose Anne Mangarello
These women told me she brought her own tea cup to the party as it matched her outfit
Margie Gorman, Mary Jane Gavenda and Randy Present
Patricia and Patrick Dillon, met in the UK when they were younger. There were celebrating Patricia’s birthday on Sunday, Patrick’s birthday last week and their upcoming wedding anniversary on March 23. Oh and did I mention they are looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day coming up next week. They adore Downton Abbey.
Margaret Leonard and Tara Swartz

Over 300 Downton Abbey guests packed the WHYY auditorium. 
Many looking spectacular in their period dress
It was a hard choice
but we narrowed it down to the top three best dressed
Winners of the Best Dressed Guests at the Downton Abbey Party, as picked by judges Kate Marls, Elizabeth Wellington and HughE Dillon (That’s me!)