Northern California Region: AustenFest
Romantic Love in Jane Austen’s Time
Join us for AustenFest on Sunday February 11 from 1–4 pm, at the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West 3rd Avenue at El Camino Real. Since it’s nearly Valentine’s day, we will look at love and romance in Jane Austen’s Day.
Three tracks of all-new talks include DiAnn Ellis on Romantic Love in the Georgian Era, Joy Prevost on Jane Austen’s Rules for Dating, Anne Krause and Tony Dobro on Science in the time of Austen, Annie Coulter on Romantic Regency Fashion, and Rivkah and Jason Piranelli on how love of reading changed a life.
AustenFest would not be complete without an introduction to Regency dancing taught by Cassiane Vlahos, concluding with a demo by The Academy of Danse Libre of how English Country Dance evolved. We’ll also have some Regency-inspired crafts, making lavender sachets or lover’s eye brooch.
This event is open to the public and family friendly. There is parking in the library garage and on-street parking. Scones and tea will be available for purchase in the Oak Room.
A special exhibit of reproduction fans by Lynn McMasters is featured in the Library’s second floor exhibit case through February. It is cosponsored by the Northern California Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America and the San Mateo Public Library.
There will also be a free showing of the award-winning 1995 Sense and Sensibility on the Library’s big screen, complete with popcorn. 6–7:30 pm Tuesday, February 6.