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  1. Musings of an Introvert: Dreaming of a Jane Austen Immersion Weekend!
  2. Jane Austen Festival Louisville Kentucky 12222
  3. Travel essentials

Other events include theatricals, bus and walking tours of Austen sites, public readings, theatricals, dance workshops, talks and discussions on all sorts of subjects from food and 18th Century fashion to health and gardens. Having fun, meeting and making new friends is what the Festival is all about and it is not necessary to have a partner and perfectly fine to come on your own.

For more information go to www. Share this: Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window. Introductions accomplished, we became friends over refreshments, followed by moving to the card tables for an evening of Whist.

Musings of an Introvert: Dreaming of a Jane Austen Immersion Weekend!

I was grateful to find myself at one of the less competitive tables; we did not play deep, but we laughed deeply. We began with a most excellent fencing master, Vivica Fox , who after providing us some historical information on the sport, led the group through the proper positions and stretching exercises. Throughout the morning, then, Miss Fox gave private lessons to each of us who ventured so boldly. The moves appear so graceful and natural when one observes accomplished fencers; but after many attempts to combine form, technique and strategy all at once in lunges, parries and ripostes, my best accomplishment was a greater appreciation for the skill and difficulty involved.

I was highly intrigued by my session, however, and would love to continue my training. While several took advantage of the individualized fencing lessons, others of us moved to the back garden to take up bows for archery. Archery lessons for Lady Russell and Emma Woodhouse. I am delighted relieved to report that a grand time was had by all, the target often was struck, and no dogs were dispatched. The morning had begun with a fine hot sun which continued throughout our activities; fans and parasols were employed assiduously.


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A number of our party, after archery, chose to retire to the shade of a large porch with their books or embroidery, rather than be kept in a continual state of inelegance. But for some, a short journey to a horse farm brought the next adventure: learning to drive a gig! The head groom very graciously allowed us to assist in harnessing Judge, an extraordinarily gentle animal one could hardly call him a beast — although of course, as ladies we would never perform this task for ourselves in the usual manner of things. We then began by walking Judge around the paddock.

This was to become accustomed to working with him, especially for any of us who were no horsewomen. Once each had achieved some comfort with the reins, a lovely small carriage was attached and off we went through a park land of varied prospects. I must confess that I saw little but the posterior of the horse in my turn, so concerned was I lest I steer poorly and hit a post which might have overturned us.

Just as we bid adieu to our mount and made to leave, another group from our party arrived for a carriage ride. There we enjoyed a light fare set out by our hostess — since we had breakfasted so early — to tide us over until the dinner hour. The last hours of our morning were passed again in satisfying retirement on the back porch; for as we all know, to sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

Some ventured to trundle a hoop, or play the Graces. Most found contentment in a cool libation and the company of clever, well-informed people who had a great deal of conversation — the best company! Jane Fairfax — Mrs Bates [there in spirit!


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Our repast for the evening was a full course, enlivened by so much entertaining discourse and laughter that we all remained at the table right up until the arrival of visitors who had been invited to join us for the hour of tea! Mr and Mrs Bennet with their daughter Lydia were presented, the latter immediately pronouncing that what the party required for success was… dancing! Of course, all were amenable to this particular proposal!

Most invigorating, indeed! When finally the night ended, few I think did not drift into sleep the moment they fell into their beds. Sunday dawned as bright and promising as had the previous day. Following our breakfast, some of the party went off to ride, others for a lengthy turn about the estate such prospects to enjoy and still others preferred the sedentary nature of their work in the elegant parlour.

But soon activity called once more. Since letters are the lifeblood of communication in the world we were visiting, we learned to cut our own quill pens and then practice our hand, writing letters on parchment. No blotting here! And following this, we employed our fingers in an alternative manner — in learning to tat with yet another master of the art. I should like to boast of having made the sample you see below; but in truth I had not the talent.

My fingers did not fly through the string with anything like accomplishment. This is indeed one art in which no excellence can be achieved without constant practice. Sunday noon found us gathering around the dining table for the last time together.

A lovely luncheon may have passed serenely but for the introduction of one final pastime, one perhaps not quite of the Regency period but relating to it. It was a Quiz! Questions to test our newly-experienced knowledge of Regency life. How do I get to Bath? Bath is well connected by road, rail, bus, coach and air. Check out our travel information page for more details.

Can children attend events at the Jane Austen Festival? Children are welcome at all our events.

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Yes, even those who are rather young to be out in society! Children under 16 in costume can participate for free in our Regency Promenade provided they are accompanied by a ticket-holding, costumed adult. We are very happy to welcome under 16s to all our other events, provided that they have a ticket, and are accompanied by an adult who also has a ticket. Please note that the accompanying adult is responsible for the under 16 at all times during the event.

What do I do if I lose a member of my group? If you lose any member of your group, or get lost yourself during the Festival, find one of our stewards and they will do their best to assist you.

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During the Promenade, the Guildhall will act as an assembly point for any missing children to be accompanied to, where they will be assisted to locate the rest of their party. Does the Festival cater for people with mobility difficulties? The majority of our venues are accessible, see our individual event location pages for more details.

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Jane Austen Festival Louisville Kentucky 12222

If using a wheelchair please advise the Box Office at the time of booking, and the venue, so suitable arrangements can be made for your comfort. If in doubt do email the Festival office jackie janeausten. Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer What events are on this year at the Festival ? Bath Box Office sells most of our events tickets; find out about the different options for booking tickets here How do I get my tickets if I live abroad?

Bath Box Office who deal with most of our events tickets do not post tickets overseas, you will have a couple of options to choose from when making your booking, for more information on booking tickets click here Can I buy a ticket for an event on the door? More information about creating your own Regency outfit, or where to hire one, is available here Can I change into my Regency costume at the event venues?

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