Metropolitan Kansas City Region

Jane Austen Harvest Dance
October 21, 2012

On a crisp fall afternoon, nearly 60 members and friends filled the Alexander Majors House Barn for our first Jane Austen Harvest Dance.  Caller Jerome Grisanti and live music by Red House swept guests through a program of period dances arranged by “Mistress of the Dance” Leah Wilson.&nsp; Special program keepsakes designed by Leah explained the courtesies of dance, and detailed the steps to popular dances such as The Duke of Kent’s Waltz, The First of April, and Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot.

At one point, a small column of dancers ascended to the loft to alleviate the “crush” on the dance floor—although no guest sat out due to lack of space or want of a partner.  Friends from the Lawrence English Country Dance Group added to the festivities with a special exhibition of The Fandango.

Throughout the afternoon, dancers and spectators were fortified by period inspired foods and libations, including Rout Cakes, Martha Lloyd’s Ginger Cakes, Plum Shrub, Gooseberry Fool and other delights made by JASNA-KC members.  Refreshments were organized and presented by Miriam Reingold-Fuller, Kristin Woodbury, and Lisa Woodbury.

Natural decorations of bittersweet, thyme, hedge apples, lamb’s ears, lavender and hydrangea gave the barn the charm of harvest home—thanks to the efforts of Vicki Jones, Cathy Blake, and Julienne Gehrer.

JASNA-KC extends special thanks to our accommodating partners at the Alexander Majors House who provided the lovely venue through a reciprocal arrangement.  We also express our gratitude to the many members and friends assisting us before and after the event.  For more photos of the dance, please go to Metropolitan Kansas City Region website.

Although this was our very first dance, we have it on good authority that it shall not be our last.

—Julienne Gehrer

KS Harvest Dancers
Metropolitan Kansas City Harvest Dancers