Connecticut Region
Jane Austen Summer Camp
July 26-28, 2013

Jane Austen Society of North American Connecticut Region’s Jane Austen Summer Camp (July 26-28) in Middletown, CT was a weekend of Regency frivolity thanks to the antics of conference staff, guests, and presenters.  Guests received Regency garters and smelling salts to help them enter into the spirit of the weekend.  Friday night, attendees heard Dr. Mark Schenker’s lecture on the lasting importance of Jane Austen’s writing.  The conference then crowned Stephani its Duchess in a lively trivia game where participants earned the rank of scullery maid, housekeeper, baroness, or duchess based on the number of correctly answered questions.

Saturday, attendees learned Regency watercolours, quill penmanship, hairstyles, and reticule/wallet making.  Food never seemed to be in short supply at the Inn at Middletown.  After lunch, high tea quickly followed, accompanied by a hilarious adaptation of Lovers’ Vows performed by Kandie Carle and Doug Gerlach.  Saturday night included dinner, a Regency dining lecture by Irene Urban (she saved the butchered fowl until after we finished eating!), and a ball.

The conference closed Sunday with another lecture from Dr. Schenker, a visit to a 19th century house belonging to the Middlesex County Historical Society, and a preview showing of Austenland courtesy of Sony Pictures.  In the words of one attendee, “I laughed so hard, I needed a chamberpot.”

—Caitlin Augusta

Summer Camp Participants
Summer Camp participants engage in trivia game