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Jane Austen Festival 2018 Day 6

by Emily Smith “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” – Jane Austen DAY SIX - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Today I visited Stourhead!  Don’t know what Stourhead is?  I didn’t until this trip either, but it was my...

Jane Austen Festival 2018 Day 5

by Emily Smith “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” – Pride and Prejudice 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...

Jane Austen Festival 2018 Day 4

by Emily Smith “Without music, life would be a blank to me.” – Emma 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,...

Jane Austen Festival 2018 Day 3

by Emily Smith “It is such a happiness when good people get together - - and they always do.” – Emma  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...

Jane Austen Festival 2018 Day 2

by Emily Smith “My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation.” – Persuasion DAY TWO - Friday, September 14, 2018 The pre-festival activities were scheduled to start in the afternoon, so I took advantage...

Jane Austen Festival 2018 Day 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...

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...