Changes are Comin’

Margaret Andersen

My Dear Janeite Friends,

When we chose the quote above to build our 2nd Fest around, little did I know at the time it was chosen specifically for me.

As most of you know, my boyfriend had a major heart attack early Wednesday morning before the Fest. On Thursday, the open heart surgery proceeded with a triple by-pass and a new valve. And by the way, his heart stopped twice during this time…death certainly was knocking on his door. Recovery is slow but 2 months later he is on the mend and getting better each day.

I want to thank you all for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. I remained calm during this time and remained mistress of myself, at least my friends said so.

Changes are a comin’…

We want to announce our new Board; Margaret Andersen, President, Nancy Hurlbert, Treasurer, Betsy Arvelo Buzbee, Director, Shareen Groce, Director, and Dallas Smith, Director, as we form our own 501c3 (non-profit) organization. Here-to-fore we have been a sub-trust under The Mount Dora Community Trust, whom we thank profusely for their guidance and support to help us get started.

Our Mission Statement…
In an atmosphere welcoming to all levels of interest and curiosity, the Jane Austen Fest – Mount Dora strives to present a wide array of programs, presentations, and excitement surrounding Jane Austen, the Regency Era and the culture that evolved from it.

Jane Austen, as a woman, followed her passion and is a relevant role model for today’s women. And to that end we want to help today’s woman follow her passion by offering college scholarships as an out-growth of this festival.

And now…Da Dah (drum roll) we wish to announce the date for the 2023 Fest; the second weekend of February – 10, 11, & 12, 2023. Registration will begin – hopefully – November 1st, 2022.

See you in February 2023 in Mount Dora!