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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 12:29

Spencer Jackets Silent Auction

Welcome to our Spencer Jacket Silent Auction!

These Spencer Jackets are all hand made. They are made from very special fabrics depicting jenuine Regency styles. We hope you will fall in love with one. It is for a good cause.

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In Sense and Sensibility, when Lucy Steele interrogates Marianne Dashwood on her wardrobe, right down to the “colour of her shoes,” she is probably not the only Austen character with a keen interest in what other women are wearing on their feet. After all, many of Austen’s female characters have shoe issues, noticed by or made known to others—Elizabeth Bennet has been tromping through the mud, at the cost of a dirty petticoat and general disarray (no doubt including shoes) from the exertion; Charlotte Lucas Collins and Elizabeth Bennet are “prevented” from accompanying Mr. Collins through his two meadows ostensibly because they don’t have appropriate shoes, and Miss Bates is elated that her “quite thick shoes” have made it possible for her to come to the ball.

All Austen’s characters wear shoes, and for fancy occasions, for trousseaux, and for all the necessities of life, the right shoe needs its stamp of approval. In this discussion, we will take a look in our heroines’ closets to see just what footwear is needed to make our protagonists outstanding.

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 12:39



Meet old friends and new. Enjoy a popup theater.
Watch a Jane Austen Film then participate in a discussion and critique led by Kathie Moon.
Hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary glass of wine provided and a cash bar will be available.

Lobby of the Community Building

$27.00 Per person

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Monday, 07 November 2022 14:19

A Very Pretty Workbag

Presented by Dr. Ann Wass

Women in Jane Austen’s time generally had hand sewing (or “work”) to do. Some of it was portable. A woman could put it in her workbag with her sewing supplies and take it along on visits so her hands were busy as she chatted with her hostess. 

In this workshop, you will be provided with pre-cut fabric pieces in a variety of prints along with the notions and sewing supplies you will need to complete your bag. 

A basic knowledge of hand sewing stiches is required. 

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Monday, 07 November 2022 14:01

Walking and Sketching in Jane Austen’s Time

Presented by Lee Kline

Before cameras, a single young lady or gentleman’s personal memories might have been recorded in a small sketchbook.  The medium was often pencil, pen and ink or watercolor.  He or she may have sketched members of his or her family, country scenes or perhaps a certain young woman or young man.
Lee Kline, a retired graphic designer, has kept a sketchbook for many years.  Please join him for a two-hour class in The Art of the Sketchbook.

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Sunday, 30 October 2022 11:36

Shopping with Jane Austen in Fact and Fiction.

Jane Austen’s letters and novels have numerous references to shopping. She wrote in her letters about shopping in London and Bath. She and her characters shopped not only in those cities, but also in smaller towns—Basingstoke and Overton the nearest towns to Jane’s girlhood home, and the fictional Meryton, Highbury, and Sanditon. These references span 1798 to 1815. This was a time of transition in fashion, and the choices of Jane and her characters serve as a guide for these changes. In my presentation I will supplement her references with contemporary newspaper advertisements, fashion illustrations, and other period sources to present a timeline of fashion for this period.

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Sunday, 30 October 2022 10:59

Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen

Using fashion prints from her collection, Candice will provide an overview of the types of clothing worn during the time of Jane Austen. Candice will explore fashions for various occasions or activities, including day wear and evening wear. Terms used during the period -- such as undress, half dress and full dress -- will be explained and illustrated with prints. Popular types of outerwear will also be showcased, including pelisses, spencers, and mantles. The general evolution of style will also be discussed, including changing waistlines, hemlines, and bonnets.

Candice's PowerPoint presentation uses lots and lots of beautiful images from ladies' magazines of the period. She will bring examples of individual issues of some of those magazines.


Candice Hern is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques, ladies' magazines, and fashion prints of the era. Her award-winning website is often cited for its Collections and its Regency era information. She lives in Minneapolis, and is on the board of directors of the Minnesota Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

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Saturday, 04 December 2021 14:29

Teas & Breakfast

Enjoy a delightful four-course afternoon tea. You may be seated with guests outside your party. We will attempt to seat large groups (6) together. However, the group may be separated and seated at nearby tables. Please arrive on time for your reservation. Arriving late may result in the forfeiture of your seats.

Purchased admission to the festival is required. Tea Seating cancellations are non-refundable after purchase. Note, there may be a limited number of tickets available to purchase the day of the festival. 

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Thursday, 02 December 2021 12:07

Regency Ball

We are very excited to announce our second Regency Ball. In most of Jane Austen’s novels a Regency Ball appears. This was an event for most Regency era aristocrats to meet others, courting, and socializing. It was an activity in which all ages participated. Put on your finery and dancing shoes and come join us. Hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine and a cash bar will be available. 

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Monday, 29 November 2021 12:24

Stained Glass Workshop

Presented by Rosemary Brown

Each student will create a stained glass cactus that needs no water! No experience needed. Each person will solder the stained glass together, assemble and decorate it into a terra cotta pot. This is a 2 hour workshop. Materials included.

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