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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 11:03

Get Your Jane Austen Fest Tee-shirts

New Order of Jane Austen Fest Tee-Shirts Received

If you wanted a Tee and we ran out at the Fest, we got  more in. 

Sizes, Small, Medium, Large, x Large, X2 are available. They are high quality cotton and machine wash well.

They cost, $18.00 plus please add $5.00 for packaging and postage. You can make your check to Mount Dora Community Trust. Send to Jane Austen Fest, P.O. Box 823, Mount Dora, FL 32756

Thursday, 06 February 2020 12:56


Music: Live music authentic to the Regency Era performed by Elise Curran and special guests.
Performance: Regency Era characters perform interactive pop-up theater portrayed by actors from the Orlando Phoenix Tears Productions troupe.


Friday, February 7, 2020

2-6 PMRegistrationCity Community Center Auditorium Lobby (building in the Park)

  • Jane Austen Music on CD- (Note: CD music is authentic Regency era recordings, researched and curated by Elise Curran.
  • Actors at registration 4-6pm helping to advertise the different fun options.

7-9 PMSoiree/ReceptionCity Community Center Auditorium Lobby

  • 6:45/7:40/8:40 pm Guitar/ Flute/Voice- 3-20 minute sets.
  • Pop-up performances- atmospheric cosplayers.

9:30-10:30 PMHaunted Tour through Mount Dora - meets at Donnelly House

Saturday, February 8, 2020

7:30AM- Registration in the park

Music CD- at registration 

 9-9:30 AM – Introduction of Workshop Leaders, etc.  – City Community Center Auditorium

  • 9:30-10- in-between live music in lobby.

11:30-12:30 PM – 1st Tea SittingDonnelly House

  • 11:15 Flute/guitar
  • 11:30-12:30 pop-up actor performances

1-2 PM – 2nd Tea SittingDonnelly House

  •  12:45 Flute/guitar
  • 1:00-2:00 pop-up actor performances

2:30-3:30 PM – 3rd Tea SittingDonnelly House

  • 2:15 Flute/guitar
  • 2:30-3:30 pop-up actor performances

6-7:30 PM – Jane Austen DinnerMount Dora Yacht Club

  • 5:45-6:15 Flute/guitar

8:00 PM – Dance Workshop- Mount Dora Yacht Club.

 • Actors will assist the Dance Master in working with the crowd

Regency Entertainment, Children’s Program – Annie Donnelly Park

• Actors will go out to the park to interact with the children as time allows in-between.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
8-10 AM – Tea and Crumpets Breakfast – Donnelly House


4-5 PM – Regency Style Show, Betsy Bashore – City Community Center Auditorium

• Actors will assist in walk-around theater or participate in the fashion show.

We thank the Mount Dora Community Trust for becoming our Naming Sponsor.

Thank You.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 10:57

Festival Committee 2020

Margaret AndersenChair
Shirley GranthamTreasurer
Donya CarterRegistrar
Janice TozerAsst. Registrar
Betsy Arvelo BuzbeeCreative Director
Connie BroughDinner Chair
Ginni ChristopherCo-Chair Tea
Stephanie HaimesCo-Chair Tea
Jan FarmerVendors
Rene MilotaVolunteer Coordinator
Lisa ColonChildren’s Program
Cathy LundayLibrary
Elise CurranMusic
Erin PyneEntertainment

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.

Monday, 30 December 2019 12:47

Lake and Sumter Style Magazine

Lake and Sumter Style Magazine of Lake County heard about the Jane Austen Fest and
have put an article on their website on Monday, December 23rd.

Monday, 09 December 2019 09:06


Dear Jane Austen Fest attendee.

Thank you for considering registering for our event! We will be delighted to have you join us for our first Jane Austen Fest to be held in Mount Dora, FL.

Please note all attendees must show and pay for the daily registration fee as well as for any other events at the festival.

You must register for our daily Entrance/Registration Fee (which includes our speakers from out of town, regency style show, goodie bags, children’s program in the park, regency entertainment in the park, and our vendors.)

Depending on how many days you plan to attend register, for one Day or two.

$25. per day or $45.00 for two.

 In order to register for a workshop or any other individual event, the dally Entrance Fee needs to be paid.

Please Click Here to Register.

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.

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.


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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