Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hello TEA Friends,

We have begun the countdown to the third annual Jane Austen Festival in Louisville Kentucky. Held July 10th and 11th at the Historic Locust Grove estate, this year's events will include our favorites from last year's: afternoon tea, fashion show, Regency Shops and the original outdoor shopping venue, Meryton, although five new vendors have been added. One of the new additions is Kentucky Fine Tea Ware. (We are sure to put a few extra coins in our reticules for this adventure.)

The guest speaker this year is Kim Wilson, author of "Tea with Jane Austen" and "In the Garden with Jane Austen". (The former is the reference guide for those interested in both subjects . . . together!) I have read and reread my copies - I find it works to have a few spread about the house - and am looking forward to learning as much about gardening and Jane as I did about tea and Jane.

In addition, Greg Maedon, the creator of the bonnets for the upcoming PBS documentary on Dolly Madison, will also speak both days and bring those lovely bonnets for display.

For more information, see the Jane Austen Festival page on the website of the Louisville Chapter of the Jane Austen Society, North America. You'll find a list of events and recommendations for local hotels and bed and breakfasts. For more fun, click on the Festival's Media page and run the 30 second video. You'll know for sure why you must attend!

We've included a picture (top) from last year's event of the Regional Coordinator, festival organizer and ultimate hostess, Bonny Wise, with the dashing Mr. Darcy (Brian Cushing). New this year (photo below), is the 19th Century Doctor in residence (Albert Roberts). I do feel as though I shall find an occasion not to be well sometime during our stay.

For a full description of last year's event, see BTS' account from August, 2009, Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove.

Happy Holiday Weekend and hope to see you in the Regency Period in July!

Yours in TEA and Friendship,


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