Jane Austen Festival this weekend in Louisville

The second annual Jane Austen Festival kicks off Saturday, July 18, at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville — a two-day event celebrating the works of the English novelist and other aspects of Regency culture. The festival, hosted by the Jane Austen Society of North America – Greater Louisville Region, is funded in part by a grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council.

To download a detailed event schedule, click here.

The highlight of the festival will be a lecture by Margaret Sullivan, author of The Jane Austen Handbook, and editrix of AustenBlog who will present “Five Things a Janeite Heroine (Or Hero) Needs to Know.” Other activities include a sewing class teaching plain-sewing techniques of the 19th Century, a Regency style show in the ballroom, a Regency Emporium featuring vendors and accessories of the period, an afternoon tea and a promenade and ball Saturday evening. Common Stock Entertainers will provide authentic old-fashioned English entertainment, and live demonstrations will recreate the fictional “Meryton” in Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice.

The first Jane Austen Festival in Louisville attracted nearly 700 people. The original festival in Bath, England, attracts thousands — and so far this year, enthusiasts from Washington State, California, Texas, Florida and Chicago plan to attend.


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