Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jane Austen Festival - Louisville, KY - 2011

July might seem far away, but it's just around the corner when you find yourself in need of planning a Regency wardrobe.  Why would you need a Regency wardrobe (or outfit for that matter) you ask yourself?  Well, to wear to the Jane Austen Festival of Louisville, KY of course!

Here's a little something or two (or three) to wet your whistle and to set you bristling with anticipation!

held at
1790 National Historic Landmark, Historic Locust Grove
Louisville, Kentucky

sponsored by
Greater Louisville Region
Jane Austen Society of North America

Event will feature:
"Cheer from Chawton" an Austen family theatrical by Karen Eterovich
Regency Emporium
Regency Style Show
Four-Course Afternoon Tea
Entertainment-duel between gentlemen, live music, ladies archery competition & more!
a Grand Ball & more!

 General Admission $10; ball, tea & workshops additional fee.  Reservations begin June 1 at

Please contact Bonny Wise, Regional Coordinator for information about hotels, traveling, etc at


…Just a little more about the Theatrical …

"Cheer from Chawton: A Jane Austen Family Theatrical" is a one-woman show about Jane Austen that will be performed at the 4th Annual Jane Austen Festival, July 9 & 10 at Historic Locust Grove

The Greater Louisville Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is pleased to announce that Karen Eterovich of NYC will perform her one-woman show called "Cheer from Chawton: A Jane Austen Family Theatrical" at the 4th Annual Jane Austen Festival.

Ms. Eterovich recently performed "Cheer from Chawton" at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England to rave reviews.  "Eight members of Greater Louisville Region went on a Pride & Prejudice Tour and also attended the first weekend of the Jane Austen Festival in Bath this past September, but Ms. Eterovich performed the next weekend so we did not get to see her performance, said Bonny Wise, Regional Coordinator."   "We are very pleased to introduce her to our festival," she continued.

Ms. Eterovich also wrote the play which is based on the life of the legendary novelist, Jane Austen, and highlights Austen's contributions to the world of literature, her relationship with her family and her adventures as a "flirtatious butterfly" in rural England.  Eterovich created the piece after performing in a play about Jane Austen.  Austen is best known as the author of Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, & Emma but others include Mansfield Park, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

Tickets for "Cheer from Chawton" are $10 in addition to the $10 admission fee of the festival.

…A bit about the Archery Competition…

Ladies Archery Competition at the 4th Annual Jane Austen Festival, July 9 & 10 at Historic Locust Grove

Something new to look forward to is the Ladies Archery Competition that Rebecca Cooper is organizing
A ladies-only archery competition will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday of the festival for experienced archers.  At the end of the second day of competition, prizes will be awarded to the best shots for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.  Period attire and equipment is required.  English-style "longbows" and three arrows with silk wrapped fletching and target points are required.  Modern equipment will not be allowed.

There is a $5 entry fee.  Maximum of 10 participants and must participate both days.  Anyone with questions and would like the contest rules, contact Bonny Wise, Regional Coordinator of the Jane Austen Society, Greater Louisville Region at
*All images and announcements courtesy of Bonny Wise and the Louisville chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America.  Thank you, Bonny!*

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