Dear Jane Austen Friends,

We are excitedly completing plans for our 2nd annual Jane Austen Fest here in Mount Dora February 11, 12, & 13, 2022.  As you know we, sadly, had to cancel last year due to the Covid Virus. But we are up and running with our Jane Austen Love Fest - for lovers of Jane Austen and just plain lovers!

We awarded our first scholarship to Jesse Dickens- the reason for the Fest - this past winter.  We are hopeful that she will be our guest this year - after all, you were the ones that made it possible by your attendance at our first Fest. And we will continue to award a scholarship each year to a deserving woman.

Our workshops this time will be: Quilling - beginning and intermediate, Bonnet and Turban making, Lawn Bowling, Regency Dancing, An 1815 London Fashion Album, and Stained Glass. Sign up for them on the website.

Betsy Bashore is coming back to share her Regency Style Show and give a talk on Regency wardrobes.Dr. Kathryn Libin of Vassar College is going to share her Regency music expertise. Candice Hern is going to share what a woman carried in her reticule and Ann Wass is talking about shopping with Jane Austen.  Our keynote speaker will be announced soon.

Of course, the traditional Teas will be held in the historic Donnelly House and, at your suggestion on the evaluations last time, we are holding Teas on Sunday as well. Our Friday night “An Evening at the Manor” will be an opportunity to meet other participants, have a little something to eat and a glass of wine, and play some board games with entertainment from each other.  If you play the piano, sing or play an instrument share with am eager audience - us!

Our Spenser Jacket Silent Auction is back…beginning Friday and closing at 3:00 PM on Saturday.

The piece de resistance is our Saturday night Regency Ball. Gillian Beck Is returning to do the calling and the band, Cantigus Resrrectus, will provide the music. Come in your Regency finery and your dancing shoes, share some hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine.  Our excitement for this addition to our weekend is almost uncontainable…is that a word?

We invite you to come and join us in the merry making.

Margaret Andersen