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Jane Austen Festival 2018 Part 5

by Emily Smith DAY FIVE - Monday, September 17, 2018 The theme of my day was Regency dancing!  I spent the morning and afternoon taking Regency dance workshops at the Assembly Rooms.  I have always loved dancing, and have learned several different styles of dancing...

Jane Austen Festival 2018 Part 4

by Emily Smith DAY FOUR - Sunday, September 16, 2018 I started my day off by going on a Jane Austen walking tour, and had the opportunity to meet Freddie, the best dressed Regency pooch at the festival.  In fact, Freddie came to the festival with more costumes than I...

Jane Austen Festival 2018 Part 3

by Emily Smith DAY THREE - Saturday, September 15, 2018 I awoke in the morning and donned the first of the Regency gowns that I made myself for the trip and hiked up the steep streets of Bath past Camden Crescent, where the Elliots took their lodgings in Persuasion,...

Jane Austen Festival 2018 Part 2

by Emily Smith DAY TWO - Friday, September 14, 2018 The pre-festival activities were scheduled to start in the afternoon, so I took advantage of the free morning to make my way back to some of the sites I visited the day prior and do some more in-depth exploration.  I...

Jane Austen Festival 2018 Part 1

by Emily Smith   Celebrating 200 Years of Persuasion I first learned about the Jane Austen Festival back in 2013 when I read Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly, a modern Sense & Sensibility spin-off.  While reading this novel, I was so enthralled with the idea...

Jane Austen Birthday Luncheon

Anne Elliot Abroad Luncheon “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”  Jane Austen (Northanger Abbey)   On Saturday, December 8, 2018, JASNA Greater Phoenix members and friends gathered to celebrate the holiday season,...