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31 for a grand ball in the palace. The women practice their dances in corseted ball gowns while the staff prepares the dining room. As guests meander from room to room, the historical importance of Tryon Palace and the region itself takes shape. “Each year there are certain aspects that we want to be sure the public can experience during our Candlelight events — fireworks, decorations of specific houses, hot cider and cookies, circus acts in the tent, and the chance to tour some of our buildings by candlelight. Those are things people can always expect,” Ramey says. “But what we try to do internally is make sure that it’s not going to be the same story as the year before. The stories, the vignettes, are different from year to year, and each year we choose a different theme to weave those stories around.” www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM PHOTO COURTESY OF TRYON PALACE Jugglers, fire-eaters, period dancing, tightrope walkers, and fireworks — 18th- century entertainment — take center stage throughout Tryon Palace’s annual holiday celebration. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRYON PALACE PHOTO COURTESY OF TRYON PALACE


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