|Fifth Annual Jane Austen Festival at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville|
My daughter, Rachel, and I started attending this event in 2009 and then back again in 2010. Last year, we couldn’t make it as Rachel was in London on a study-abroad. I joined her for a week, but, unfortunately, the time conflicted with the JA Festival for 2011. (However, while in England, we did make a trip to Winchester and Chawton, both homes to Jane Austen, so we were, at least, faithful to our July date with our favorite author! - See Jane Austen House in Chawton blog entry for more).
|Selecting ribbon for a new bonnet purchased at Marquette Trading Company|
|Bare-knuckle boxing demonstration|
|Undressing Mr. Darcy with Brian Cushing|
|Experiencing 50 shades of Earl Grey as Dressing Mr. Darcy heats up|
|Rachel's telescope necklace was, unfortunately purchased after Dressing Mr. Darcy|
|Afternoon tea featuring Bingley's Teas|
Finally, we had the great pleasure of being introduced to Bingley teas, the creation of Julia Matson whose booth was literally manned by husband and sons. There is a great variety of tea offered from herbals to black and all developed and named for Jane Austen characters. Our current favorite is the Earl Grey. For more on Bingley teas see The Detroit Tea Examiner article, Bingley's Teas: novel tea at Jane Austen Festival.
Once again, we departed the historic Locust Grove with a bag full of goodies, a little more Jane Austen knowledge, a few new friends and memories long enough to keep us going until next July. Cheers to JASNA Louisville Regional Coordinator, Bonny Wise, who is the ultimate host and we look forward to seeing more good company in 2013!