Kentucky, Greater Louisville Region

6th Annual Jane Austen Festival
July 20 and 21, 2013

The 6th Annual Jane Austen Festival will take place July 20 and 21, 2013 at historic Locust Grove, a circa 1790 Georgian home and farm just six miles from downtown Louisville, KY at 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.  Join us as we celebrate the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice.  The Jane Austen Festival has become a very successful event with approximately 1,700 attending from 18 states and Canada in 2012.

Inside the Visitors’ Center a four-course Afternoon Tea will take place each day and is $20 per person.  Also a Silent Auction of lovely Regency era items and Jane Austen memorabilia will be offered.  Back by popular demand is the special children’s tea which will take place on Sunday afternoon at the last tea time.  Children aged 4-12 are invited to attend with an adult and have their own special menu sure to please.  They will have their photo taken with Mr. Darcy & Miss Elizabeth Bennet, have a regency themed craft project, and take home their own pretty cup and saucer—all for $15.

“The Shoppes of Meryton” will be set-up outside and will have vendors from throughout the Midwest and Canada who specialize in Regency-era wares such as fabric, shoes, bonnets, patterns, jewelry, tea sets, tea and much, much more.

New this year will be a presentation of Elizabeth & Darcy—A Love Story, a play written by Greater Louisville member, Alana Gillett.  The 45 minute presentation requires a separate ticket ($10).  Also new will be a Regency Promenade on Saturday.  Come dressed in your Regency attire as we attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record number of people in Regency attire.  The Promenade requires a $1 per person registration fee which will be donated to Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, England.

Engage with the crew of the HMS Acasta!  Members of His Majesty’s Royal Navy will demonstrate the real lives of sailors as they go about their business, i.e. signal flag demo, playing cricket, sextant demos and more!

Pride and Prejudice sequel authors will hold a panel discussion under the big top tent for fans both days of the festival.  Those participating are Sandy Lerner, Abigail Reynolds, Barbara Tiller Cole, Regina Jeffers and Maria Grace.

You are invited to participate in a reading marathon of Pride and Prejudice which will take place on the porch of the historic home.  The log and stone buildings on the grounds will host the Regency Men’s Club called the “Hellfire Club,” and The Earl of Sandwich snack shop.  Common Stock Entertainment will entertain young and old alike with shadow puppets, old-fashioned, kid-friendly peep shows, and other 18th century entertainments.  Other talks and demonstrations to be held under the tent include “Dressing Mr. Darcy” and the ever-popular Regency Style show.  A display of Regency fashion will be located in the Grand Parlor in the house all-day both days.  At the Village Green each day there will be demonstrations of Bare Knuckle Boxing and a Duel Between Gentlemen.

A Grand Ball will take place on Saturday, July 20 in conjunction with the local English Country Dance Society at Spalding University.  Advance reservation is required ($20 per person) and is not included with festival admission.  Also extra are three workshops: Regency Capote Bonnet ($30), Regency Straw Poke Bonnet ($30) and Turbans Through Time ($25).

Admission to the festival is $12 each day and includes admission to Locust Grove, a National Historic Landmark.  Recently intensive research and restoration has completely changed the interior of the home to the period when Revolutionary War hero, George Rogers Clark, lived in the House, 1809-1818.

Advance reservations are highly recommended and begin online June 1st at http://www.jasnalouisville.com/.  For more information: contact Bonny Wise at wises4@insightbb.com.

—Bonny Wise

2012 Festival
Historic Locust Grove