2022 Fest

2022 Fest (10)

MOUNT DORA, Fla. – For the first time in Central Florida, the Jane Austen Fest arrives in Mount Dora for a three day activity-filled event.

“It’s going to be a different kind of festival that people are generally used to in Mount Dora,” Margaret Anderson said.

Anderson, a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, is honoring the author by organizing the event in the quaint central Florida city known for its history and festivals.

"This is a cultural, educational, historic kind of festival and we will be bringing in speakers," Anderson said. "There's a Bonnet making class for example, all of the workshops are geared toward the Regency era.".

Betsy will cover the basics elements of a women's regency wardrobe and share pattern recommendations and fabric resources (if you’re a do it yourselfer) as well as niche manufacturers for certain hard to find items. This talk will be interactive with participants invited to bring their questions and engage in discussions around preferences in color, fabrics and general attire and how that might influence their regency wardrobe choices.

Betsy Bashore

She will cover Regency  theories of medicine, common diseases, cures & quackery, childbearing, dentistry, and medical advances if the era. Jane Austen was no stranger to disease and we will discuss her own experiences. Having been no stranger the last couple of years to disease and even having had to cancel

last year’s Fest, we think this is an appropriate subject to explore.

Jane Austen and the Regency Unmarried State.

Marriage during the Regency Era, Jane’s situation in regards to marriage and marriage as presented in her novels.

You don't want to miss this incredible style show! Betsy has been involved in costume construction for over 35 years and has had the opportunity to study in numerous collections. She has been conducting fashion shows on Women's War of 1812 and Regency attire since 2004. Her casual and friendly delivery is inviting and educational. This is the "Period" to our Fest.

Betsy Bashore

Dr, Kathryn L. Libin, Associate Professor of Music at Vassar College, earned BM and MA degrees in piano performance at the Oberlin Conservatory and New York University, and a PhD in musicology at NYU. She has lectured and published on Mozart’s music and manuscripts, on music in Jane Austen’s life and works, and on musical sources in the Lobkowicz Library near Prague. Ms. Libin has given talks at many JASNA AGMs and chapter meetings, including a plenary lecture in Los Angeles, and served as music director for JASNA's 25th-Anniversary AGM at Winchester (2003) and New York AGM (2012). Her articles on Jane Austen and music may be read in Persuasions, in the collection Elegance, Propriety, Harmony: Jane Austen and the Arts (2013), and the forthcoming Edinburgh Companion to Jane Austen and the Arts.

Presented by: Dr. Ann Wass

In 1815 Jane Austen visited her brother In London as she was negotiating the writing of her novel, EMMA. While there, she visited the Prince Regent’s London residence, Carlton House, where the librarian gave her a tour. And, she and her niece, Fanny, took advantage of the many fine shops in London. (Fanny had a “letter full of Commissions” to fill for those back home.) Participants of the workshop will receive an assortment of fashion plates for the year 1815 and some newspaper advertisements from London shops. With these, participants will cut and paste to create their ow fashion album. Includes materials. Workshop limited to 20 students.

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.



Your registration includes:

Friday - Talk by Betsy Bashore “What a Regency Wardrobe Requires”

Saturday -  Keynote Speaker Lauren Gilbert What’sLove Got to Do With it?, Paul Kevin Padua Introducing Mr Darcy, Dr. Kathryn Libin Pianos in Jane Austen’s World, Betsy Shore Regency Fashion Show, Elizabeth Paquette Medicine in Jane Austen’s Era; Doctors, Illnesses, & “Cures”

Sunday - Dr. Ann Wass “Shopping With Jane Austen”, Betsy Bashore “Regency Fashion Show”


Registration opens in Annie Donnelly Park
Spenser Jacket Silent Auction begins
- Annie Donnelly Park Pavilion (auction closes Saturday at 3:00 PM)
1:00 - 3:00 PM: Regency Dance Lessons - Gillian Beck - Tent
3:00: What a Regency Wardrobe Requires - Betsy Bashore - Annie Donnelly Park - Tent
5:00 - 8:00 P: A Regency Evening at the Manor - Yacht Club


7:00 AM: Registration - Annie Donnelly Park
9:00 AM: Welcome in Auditorium
9:am-10:00 AM: Keynote SpeakerWhat's Love Got To Do With It – Lauren Gibert 
11:00-12:00 AM: Pianos in Jane Austen’s World - Their Musical and Cultural Significance - Dr. Kathryn Libin - Auditorium
11:00-12:00 AM: First Tea Sitting - Four Course Tea - Donnelly House
12:00-1:30 PM: Workshop - An 1815 London Fashion Album - Dr. Ann Wass - Green Room - Below Auditorium
12:00-2:00 PM: Bonnet Making Workshop - Kathryn Page - Mount Dora Center or the Arts
12:00-2:00 PM: Regency Dance Lessons - Gillian Beck - Tent
1:00-2:00 PM: Second Tea Sitting - Four Course Tea - Donnelly House
1:00-2:00 PM: First Lawn Bowling Workshop - Mount Dora Bowling Club
3:00 PM: Spenser Jacket Silent Auction Ends - Annie Donnelly Park Pavilion
1:00-4:00 PM: Sense & Sensibility of Beginning Paper Quilling - Jan Yoshioka - Mount Dora Center for the Arts
2:00-3:00 PM: A Regency Fashion Show - Betsy Bashore - Auditorium
3:00 -4:00 PM: Third Tea Sitting - Four Course Tea - Donnelly House
3:00 - 4:00 PM: Medicine in Jane’s Era: Doctors, Illnesses and “Cures” - Elizabeth Paquette - Auditorium
8:00-11:00 PM: Regency Ball - Annie Donnelly Park - Pavilion and Tent


8:00 - 10:00 AM: Tea and Crumpets - Join us for a lite Breakfast of Tea or Coffee, English Crumpets.
10:00 - 12:00 AM: Turban Making - Kathryn Page - Mount Dora Center for the Arts
1:00 - 200 PM: Workshop – The Unkindness Cut of All: the Regency Art of Insult - Maureen Patrick – Donnelly Park Tent
1:00 - 4:00 PM: Sense & Sensibility of Intermediate Quilling - Jan Yoshioka - Mount Dora Center for the Arts
1:00 - 3:00 PM: Stained Glass Workshop - Rosemarie Brown - Mount Dora Center for the Arts
1:00 - 2:00 PM: Second Lawn Bowling Workshop - Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club
2:00 - 3:00 PM: Fourth Tea Sitting - Four Course Tea - Donnelly House
2:00 - 3:00 PM: Shopping with Jane Austen - Dr. Ann Wass - Auditorium
3:00 - 4:00 PM: Fifth Tea Sitting - Four Course Tea - Donnelly House
3:00 - 4:00 PM: Regency Fashion Show - Betsy Bashore - Auditorium
4:00 - 4:30 PM: Fond Farewell