Get Bronte-fied

Bronte Sisters

If you live in the Carmel, IN area, this will be of interest to you.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte’s birth, the Carmel Clay Public Library is hosting several events this summer.

July 19th – Get Brontë-fied!: Read the Book, See the Movie: Jane Eyre – 630PM – 830PM
July 27th – Get Brontë-fied!: Read the Book, Watch the Movie: Wuthering Heights – 630PM – 830PM
July 30th – Get Brontë-fied!: Celebrating Emily – 7PM – 8PM

The events will be held at the library’s main location. They are free and are open to the public. Visit the library’s website for more information.

Event: 7th Annual Jane Austen Film Festival

Image of Dumbarton House Jane Austen Festival

If you live in the metro Washington, DC area, you may want to clear your calendars from July 11 – August 1. Dunbarton House, a colonial age house in the Georgetown neighborhood in DC, will be holding a Jane Austen Film Festival starting July 11 (tomorrow!) and running until August 1.

The films are:

Love and Friendship (2016): July 11th
Sense & Sensibility (1995): July 18th
Emma (1996): July 25th
Pride & Prejudice (2005): August 1st

Tickets are $6 USD per film or $20 for all four films. If you become a museum member, the films are free and you also get early entry.

Gate open at 7:00pm for members, 7:30pm for the public. The film will start at sunset, approximately 8:30pm.

Why Jane Austen at Dumbarton House?

“Austen was writing and publishing these timeless, engaging novels during a time of great tumult between the United States and Great Britain: The War of 1812. This conflict started to brew in 1811 (Emma), heat up in 1813 (Pride & Prejudice), climax in 1815 (Sense & Sensibility), and ended in early 1816. Dumbarton House’s primary owners, the Nourse Family, were in residence 1804-1813, and second resident Charles Carroll played first host to First Lady Dolley Madison at Dumbarton House on August 24, 1814, in her hurried departure from the White House as the British approached to burn it.”

You can find more information on entrance, parking, and recommendations of items to bring to enjoy the event at Dumbarton House’s website.

Jane Austen Regency Week

Logo for Jane Austen Regency Week

Here’s another one for the calendar:

If you have some time free in June, you can head to Alton and Chawton,  Hampshire UK for the NINE days (yes, nine!) Jane Austen Regency Week. Supported by ticket sales, grants, sponsors, and advertising, the events cover everything from Regency balls, panels, and workshops. You can even rent your finery if you so choose.

The festival runs from June 16 – 24 beginning with a Regency day in Alton and ending on the 24th with a Regency Supper. There also balls, walks, teas, and fairs. Most of the events are free.

For more information, visit the festival’s website where you can find out the cost of tickets, lodging, and locations. You can also find them on Facebook.

Jane Austen era dancing lessons in Connecticut

regency era dancers

Ah, but for if I was still living in Connecticut.

But if YOU are, you can head to Vinnie’s Jump and Jive in Middletown on May 11 to learn country and quadrilles! The event doesn’t seem to be sponsored by the local JASNA group but by a local dance historian, Susan de Guardiola. Research on the event seems that it’s a fairly popular and semi-regular thing so if you miss this one, there is sure to be one more to go.

Check out the event’s Facebook page for more details and to register.

(While this doesn’t seem to be a Jane200 exact event, I’ve added it to the calendar all the same.)

2017 English Country Dance Assembly Ball – JASNA Pittsburgh

(ed: I Iove their logo, don’t you?)

The JASNA Pittsburgh region is having a 2017 English Country Dance Assembly Ball as part of their Festival events. The ball will take place on Saturday, March 25 and begins at 8PM. There are beginner lessons/review session at 7:30PM. Cost is $25 and tickets must be purchased in advanced. Check out the ball’s webpage  for more information.

The JASNA Pittsburgh region yearly Jane Austen festival is taking place the weekend of March 24 – 25, 2017 with the theme is Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Legacy. The cost for the festival is $75 for members and $80 for non-members. Events planned are, “Engaging speakers, Regency vendors, movie screening & discussion, Regency Assembly Ball with live music!”.

(ed: I’m adding this to the calendar since the theme celebrates the 200th anniversary of Jane’s death.)

Jane Austen Walk- Bank Holiday Adventure

Jane Austen Walk

There are events like these that pains me to not live or at least be in England.

However! If you happen to be around the county of Hampshire on April 14, Curious Kat’s Adventure Club has this for you!

Please join us for a full-day walk through the beautiful countryside of Hampshire and let yourself be inspired by amazing surroundings that once inspired Jane Austen to write her famous novels. Follow in her footsteps and try to discover with your own eyes the magic that sparked off the classics such as  Pride and Prejudice, Emma or Sense and Sensibility.

The cost is £28.86 per person (£24.38 for members) and you can sign up for the event at the company’s EventBrite page. For more information, visit the Curious Kat’s page for the event.

Jane Austen Bicentenary to be celebrated in Brighton

Here’s another one to add to the calendar!

A new exhibit, Jane Austen by the Sea, is being held at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, UK and

…will explore Jane Austen’s relationship with coastal towns and life in Brighton during her time, to mark the bicentenary of her death.

This exhibit will run from June 17 – January 8, 2018. It looks to be an interesting one as it will showcase a locket of her hair, one of her music books, important letters and manuscripts, and a three-volume manuscript copy of Sandition, which is written in Cassandra Austen’s hand.

There is no direct connection of Jane and Brighton other than she mentions it in Pride and Prejudice and uses other seaside towns, like Lyme Regis, in her novels. This exhibit hopes to encapsulate not only Brighton during the Regency periods but what Jane must have experienced at the seaside resorts she did visit by,

…exploring why watering places like this became so fashionable: from coastal attire, tourist entertainments and the new pastimes of sea-bathing and Turkish baths to the town’s Royal connections and military presence.

For more information, you can read the announcement  in full at the Chichester Observer and visit the Royal Pavilion’s website for more details.


Basingstoke Festival 2017 featuring Jane Austen

Oooohhh — look at this. If you find yourself in Hampshire, specifically Basingstoke, from June 16 to July 9th, the community is having a month long festival to celebrate “Born in the Borough,” which of course includes lots and lots of Jane. (I’m going to go out on a limb here and suppose the Jane Austen statue will be revealed during this time.)

From the festival’s website:

Our theme for 2017 is ‘Born in the Borough’. Expect international artists and big name acts alongside local talent and an array of ‘Festival in the Community’ events which will help showcase arts and performances in underused places.

In addition, there will be a number of events held to celebrate Jane Austen, the world-renowned 19th century author who was born in the borough at Steventon and drafted some of her best known works while living in the area. This July marks the 200th anniversary of her death and provides the perfect opportunity to highlight how her work still entertains and inspires people today.

Visit the festival’s website for locations, times, and listing of events!

Brontë 200: a year of celebration at the Brontë Parsonage Museum

Finally! Some Brontë news!

2017 not only marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death but it also marks the 200th anniversary of Branwell Brontë’s birth. (Oh, sweet coincidence.)

To celebrate, The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth is throwing a year long packed events calendar commemorate this special year.

Some events planned are:

For more information and tickets, visit the museum’s website.