Dolores Hydock -- Fools for Love: A closer Look into Lovers' Eyes
Thursday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m.

Through true, tender, and sometimes shocking stories, this program brings to life the world of the late 1700s / early 1800s – the Regency Period in England – a time of strange fads, sketchy medicine, and hair-raising shenanigans among the Fashionable Set.

George, Prince of Wales and the future King George IV of England, was the center of fashionable and cultural life during that time, and his scandalous secret marriage to a Catholic commoner was the catalyst for at least one
fashion trend that has fascinated the art collector’s world ever since: the fashion of “Lover’s Eyes,” delicate jeweled watercolor paintings of a single eye, exchanged as tokens of undying affection.

But there were other not-quite-so-famous folks who were fools for love then, too. In this performance, storyteller Dolores Hydock shares stories that are part royal scandal, part True Romance, part fun facts from history, part R-rated (though in a Fine Art kind of way), and part art appreciation for amateurs ... with a shout-out to Queen
Elizabeth, Jane Austen, and Columbo!

About Dolores Hydock:

Dolores Hydock is an actress and story performer, whose work has been featured at a variety of concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the U.S. Her ten CDs of original stories have all received Resource Awards from Storytelling World Magazine.

Dolores is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, home of the Reading Railroad and Luden's Cough Drops. Her hometown is where she won her first blue ribbon in storytelling in a local contest at the age of 5 – the real gold letters on the blue ribbon convinced her there was obviously a fortune to be made in the performing arts. She continues to hope.

As an actress, she has been featured in the one-woman plays Tony Curtis Speaks Italian and All I can Say is 'I Love You,' Take a Ride on the Reading. Shirley Valentine, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Fully Committed, Talking Heads, The Lady With All the Answers, and Nothing Sacred: An Evening of Stories by Ferrol Sams.

As a storyteller, she has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and at other story concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the U.S.

Dolores lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She's held a wide variety of jobs – she’s been a house parent at a halfway house for juvenile delinquents, a blues DJ, an au pair in Paris for three small children, a computer sales representative for IBM, a cookbook copy editor, an acting teacher at Birmingham-Southern College, and a teacher of Cajun dancing. If anyone questions her strange path through such a variety of jobs, she simply says that it's all just material for her stories.

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