Arizona, Greater Phoenix Region

A Weekend with Jane Austen
March 15-16, 2014

During “A Weekend with Jane Austen” on March 15-16, 2014, JASNA-Greater Phoenix Region Janeites were treated to a weekend lush with Austen experiences.  On a lovely Saturday evening, dancers attended a “Do you Dance, Mr. Darcy?” themed masquerade ball complete with a live three-piece band, caller, and a light dinner fare.  The fabulous dance caller, Ms. Peg Hesley, provided members with a regency dance talk and demonstration prior to organizing 68 dancers decked in flowing gowns, white gloves, cravats and kilts into what Jane Austen herself would have considered a respectable display of felicities in motion.

On a glorious Sunday afternoon, 71 attendees took part in a lecture of “Do Darcy and Elizabeth Really Improve Upon Acquaintance?” provided by the brilliant Professor Joan Ray.  Professor Ray also made herself available for book signings.  After a light tea fare, attendees were absorbed in the “Jane Austen’s Legacy in Scent” lecture provided by the wonderful Evangelina Duman, who treated guests to the sweet smells of lavender water and other aromas traditionally used during Austen’s time.

And no such event would be complete without a Regency Inspired Fashion Show.  Numerous models displayed regency attire appropriate to every day use, the military, afternoon outings, and formal evening and ballroom attire.  This wonderful event, no doubt an intense labor of love for the Special Events Committee, resulted in the Region acquiring 21 new members.

—Kate Henderson

Women dancers at the ball.