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Sunday, 19 January 2020 13:14

Join us for Dinner

Join us on this decking overlooking Lake Dora to watch the sunset at the only water front view restaurant in Mount Dora. The Mount Dora Yacht Club, the oldest in-land yacht club in central Florida, was built in 1913.

In 1966 the Club burned down but was rebuilt on the same property next to the Lake.

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It’s the year of the woman or so it has been said. Jane Austen was passionate about her
work and because she was. she produced 6 novels in her short life of 41 years. During
her lifetime, women didn’t have careers. And in the Regency Era there were certain
things that were appropriate for Women.

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Lawn Bowling Workshops to be held on February 8 and 9 at the Jane Austen Fest in Mount Dora.

Lawn Bowling was one of the few outdoor activities that were considered "lady-like" for Regency Women.
Mount Dora has one of the oldest and largest Lawn Bowling Clubs in the country and have agreed to
teach us how it works.  There is only one other Lawn Bowling activity included n a Jane Austen Festival and
that is in Bath, England.


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The Jane Austen Society of North American (JASNA) is sending the President, Elizabeth Philosophos Cooper to be the keynote speaker to the Mount Dora Jane Austen Fest February 7, 8, & 9, 2020. Her talk is entitled

Jane Austen – Woman at Work.

When reading Pride and Prejudice in high school, she fell in love with Jane Austen for the first time. “I think Austen’s brilliance, humor and critical eye not only invite readers into a bygone era but continue to speak truth today. Her novels provide me with a lot of joy. I laugh out loud every time I read them. She has a gift of continually delighting”, she said. Her love for Austen has spilled over into her front yard. A few years ago she installed a Little Free Library with a Jane Austen theme. She keeps one or two Austen books available in the library for passersby to pick up in the hope of inspiring others to read and love Austen, too.

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 10:41

Devoney Looser…

Our main speaker at the Fest in February is in England as a traveling scholar. She sent us an update and some photos!

She will speaking about her book, The Making of Jane Austen,

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Monday, 09 September 2019 13:48

Mad Cow's Pride and Prejudice

What a Delight! - Mad Cow's Pride and Prejudice

Along with an audience of 50 or more, several JASNA members - Orlando Chapter - attended the Mad Cow Theatre Drama Club's event Friday night.  A professor from Rollins college came and spoke about the history surrounding Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice.  We then saw a rehearsal of the play and a Q & A with the director as well as the cast.  We brought some Regency Hats for a try-on by the audience and an opportunity to tell them about the Jane Austen Fest in Mount Dora coming up Feb. 7, 8, & 9, 2020.  Join us!

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 11:39


Registration Begins November 1, 2019

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019 15:14

Thanks To Our Sponsors

Our Naming Sponsor

Mount Dora Community Trust





 Laurie & Ed Tillett







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Amy DeWolfe
Ann Ficco
Andrea Litton
Anne Priest
Gae Marotz
Geraldine Wolter
Lea Meeker
Lynn Vannier
Nancy McCullough
Milie Leon
Susan Mulholland
Wendy Yarnold


Thanks to JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America)
for sponsoring our Keynote Speaker

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A special thanks to our Volunteers and Steering Committee who have donated their time to make this festival happen. We couldn't do this without you. Thank You.


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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 13:35

Yikes!...Headless Waitresses! Whow....

Of course not.  All our volunteer waitresses at the Teas at the Donnelly House during the Jane Austen Fest next winter will have heads!

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Monday, 25 February 2019 09:38


Q: Do I have to be a serious and/or scholarly Jane Austen Fan?
A: No. We welcome you to this weekend celebration of this iconic woman. Learn her trail blazing ideas and thoughts that influence us even today. Maybe by the time the weekend is over you will be a serious fan. :-)

Q: Must I dress in Regency era clothing?
A: No. We encourage you to dress anyway you like whether it is era clothing or no. Be comfortable and have fun in your exploration of Jane and the Regency era.

Q: What I expect of the weather?
A: February in Central Florida on average is 73 degrees and as cool as 53 degrees. It can also rain. - the average rainfall is 3.2". It can be hotter than 73 degrees and cooler than 53 degrees. You might want to pack a raincoat or umbrella as well as a sweater, jacket, or coat.

Q: Will there be a lot of walking?
A: The Fest will be held within 4-6 block radius and walking is suggested. Bring comfortable walking shoes. The hub of the Fest will be at Lakeside Inn.

Q: Where can I stay if I don't want to stay at the Lakeside Inn?
A: There are several B&B's in Mount - some pet friendly- as well as air B&Bs. There are motels on the edge of town and if they are filled you might look up lodging in Tavares or Apopka= two towns next to Mount Dora..

Q: What can my husband do if he wants to come with me but doesn't want to attend the Fest?
A: There are many things to do in Central Florida. Golfing and fresh water fishing are, perhaps, the most popular. Mount Dora hosts the Museum of Speed which exhibits muscle cars, automobile  Mount Dora includes the Modernism Museum. Palm Island is a lovely walk through a nature preserve where there are possible sightings of alligators, cranes - both whooping cranes and brown sandhill cranes as well as pelicans and egrets.

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