9th Annual Jane Austen Festival – Louisville


The Jane Austen Society of North America- Greater Louisville Region is already hard at work on the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival, which will be held at 1790’s Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky.

This year, we will be celebrating “Jane Austen’s Legacy, 1775-1817,” and commemorating 200 years since her passing.  Join us on Friday, July 14th, Saturday, July 15th, and Sunday, July 16th!


On Friday, July 14th, the hours are 6-9 p.m. and we will have two special people in attendance: Emperor Napoleon and Admiral Lord Nelson! What will they say to each other? Watch our website for more details and scheduling.

How fortunate that July 14th is Bastille Day! Come dressed in your Costume Parisienne finery and enjoy foods from a food truck that makes crepes! All of our Vendor shoppes will be open for business for Twilight Shopping- come for early deals!


On Saturday & Sunday, July 15th & 16th, the hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Our featured speaker is Dr. Cheryl Kinney and she will be presenting, “The Eulogy Jane Austen Should Have Had.” We will also have the ever popular Regency Style Show by Betsy Bashore, the Regency Fashion Display by Gayle Simmons, and a NEW Punch & Judy Show. The Acasta Naval Encampment will be back and more!

The Vendor shoppes will be open for business each day. We will have food available for purchase at the Earl of Sandwich Shoppe, which will be in a new location this year. Plus our Four-Course Afternoon Tea sittings with a special Children’s Tea on Sunday afternoon!

Our 2017 Workshops include making Tussie Mussies, String your own strand of Pearls, Regency Letter Writing, and Netting.

The Grand Ball will be on Saturday, July 15th, 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Spalding University.


 

 

On Saturday, July 15th, we will have a Regency Mourning Procession in honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s passing. More details on proper female and male dress to come later.  In the meantime, check out this Pinterest Board on Mourning Attire. 


Need a place to stay? Go to our website for information about hotels, B&B’s and more. There is a huge music festival the same weekend, we suggest making reservationssooner rather than later.


 

Online advance registration will begin on or about June 5th. Advance registration is highly recommended for the

Afternoon Tea, Workshops and the Grand Ball

as they sell-out before the festival opens.

Festival Admission is $6 per person for Friday Night-Twilight Shopping and $12 per person for one-day admission on Saturday or Sunday. Children under 12 admitted free with an adult.

NOTE: A two-day admission pass for $20 per person will be available ONLINE ONLY.

The Four-Course Afternoon Tea is $25 (plus Festival admission) per person and Children’s Tea is $20 per child (plus Festival admission if over 12 years of age). The Grand Ball is $25 per person. Workshop prices will be available April 2017.


We hope to see you at Locust Grove this July!


Austen lovers to celebrate 200th birthday of ‘Mansfield Park’

 

“The following appeared online at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (www.stltoday.com) on St. Patrick’s Day. Jane Henderson is the book editor for the Post-Dispatch and writes about books and publishing at her “Book Blog.”

 

Readers from the local chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America will gather March 29 at the Tavern of Fine Arts.

Last year the group had a good crowd for its celebration of “P&P.” But as member Jim Heine notes, Fanny Price is no Elizabeth Bennet:

“After being dazzled by the incandescent Elizabeth Bennet, encountering Fanny Price is something of a shock. Elizabeth is brilliant and witty; Fanny, reserved, reticent, occasionally fearful (with good reason), and even, at times, priggish. And as the nexus of the story, Mansfield Park itself is far different, for example, from Longbourn, Netherfield, Rosings, or Pemberley. You find no comic relief at Mansfield Park, as there is in the various homes of Pride and Prejudice—no Mrs. Bennet or Mr. Collins to laugh at, no Mary Bennet to amuse you, no incisive retorts to make you smile. Where Pride and Prejudice offers joy, Mansfield Park reminds the reader on almost every page that Fanny’s fate is held by people whose moral compasses are in doubt, and who seem bent on using Fanny to serve their selfish ends. It probably takes a second reading of Mansfield Park to appreciate Fanny’s character and plight, and to appreciate Austen’s construction of the novel.”

Toward the end of “Mansfield Park,” Fanny does receive some good news — which almost sends the meek one searching for a “cordial.” In honor of Fanny, the Tavern will create its own drink for the event.

In a press release, the JASNA chapter says

“JASNA members and friends will read favorite scenes from ‘Mansfield Park’, first published in London by Thomas Egerton on May 9, 1814, and offer insights on its themes and relevance for today. For more information, e-mail or call Rose Marie Nester, JASNA St. Louis regional coordinator, at 104voce@att.net or 314-752-3752. Lunch will be available after 11 a.m. and throughout the afternoon from the Tavern of Fine Arts menu. The event is free and open to the public.”

The event is from 1-3 p.m. March 29. The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt Avenue.

 


Jane Henderson is book editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Follow her online at stltoday.com/books and on Twitter @stlbooks.

http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/book-blog/austen-lovers-to-celebrate-th-birthday-of-mansfield-park/article_a6249ac3-fab0-5013-ab27-49425ab2f93d.html


 

NewsNotes Summer 2013: From Our Regional Coordinator

 

Happy summer! As I write this column in late April, it seems as though summer will never come. Our spring has been a wet and cold one, but that has not dampened our spirits. Much has been happening in the world of Jane Austen.

In February, members of our local region attended a dramatization of Sense and Sensibility at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis – and our reactions were mixed. As always, many of us were amazed that anyone could distill a full novel into Continue reading

Readings from Pride and Prejudice March 16, 2013, at the Tavern of Fine Arts

 

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, members and guests of our St. Louis Metropolitan Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America gathered at the Tavern of Fine Arts to read their favorite selections from Pride and Prejudice. The tavern, a café and fine arts venue, provided lunch and offered a special cocktail for the occasion: “The Bennet”—a concoction that many raved over.

We read in the tavern’s performance space (excellent acoustics). Everyone who read could be heard easily, and everyone read so well! It was truly special, with great guest readers and wonderful members and guests in the audience. The afternoon was a resounding success.

Here is a sample of responses to the event:

The entire program was delightful. I enjoyed meeting and listening to all who contributed. The Tavern was totally new to me, and I am so pleased with an introduction to it as well.

I felt the people at the Tavern were gracious and helpful, clearly committed to establishing an intimate and informal performing arts venue in the area. It was my first time there, though my friend, who read with me, had read in—and helped organize—the annual Joyce readings held there on Bloomsday, June 16. I look forward to hearing classical music there, especially guitar, and do hope we can find occasion to “do it again next year.”

What a delightful way to spend an afternoon. I enjoyed every one of the talented readers and their selections! Thanks to all of you and special thanks to Rose and Jim for arranging this wonderful program!

I believe it would be marvelous to continue this practice with the coming publication anniversaries of Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. And because we did not have the opportunity to mark the 2011 publication anniversary of Sense and Sensibility, I believe it would be good to schedule a reading for that book also.

Thanks to all, for a lovely afternoon.