Greater Louisville Region

6th Annual Jane Austen Festival
July 20 & 11, 2013

The National Historic Landmark (circa 1790) Locust Grove, Louisville, Kentucky was once again the scenic setting of Louisville’s annual Jane Austen Festival.  The sixth annual festival, hosted by the Greater Louisville Region, entertained over 1,500 ladies and gentlemen and youth from across the country.

Guests could immerse themselves in the village of Meryton where different merchants sold authentic fabrics, garments, bonnets and all manner of regency related items.  Many guests strolled the grounds in their own finery.

Promendade
Promenade

A challenge was issued to break the record set in Bath, 2009, for the most people at one gathering in regency finery.  A promenade around the grounds led by a bagpiper of those in regency dress included 358 people who paid $1.00 to join the parade.  This special event while not breaking the record, 409, raised $348 for the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, which will be matched by the local Region.  Attendees enjoyed it so much it has already been decided to do it again next year!

Events at the two day festival included a play based on Pride and Prejudice, written and produced by local member Alana Gillett, a regency style show, a Mr. Darcy look alike contest, a four course afternoon tea, a children’s tea, a cricket match, a Sunday morning service conducted by a regency naval Chaplin, and other entertainments.  In addition, Sandy Learner along with Regina Jeffers, Abigail Reynolds, Maria Grace and Barbara Tiller Cole took part in a Pride and Prejudice author panel.

Elizabeth and Darcy
Elizabeth and Darcy

For those in need of a bit of rest, a large tent graced the grounds providing shade as well as a place to visit and picnic while a period musician entertained with music and song.

The evening’s entertainment consisted of a festive ball with a live Regency style orchestra, dancing, and refreshments.

The festival committee is already planning for next year.  We hope you can join us for the 7th Annual Jane Austen Festival, July 19 & 20, 2014.

—Evelyn Walker