Event: 7th Annual Jane Austen Film Festival

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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.

Reminder: Jane Austen Summer Program 2018 is Next Week

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A recent introduction in the Janeite calendar is the Jane Austen Summer Program held every year in June at UNC Chapel Hill in June. I recently became aware of the program via Ted Scheinman’s Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, which I reviewed favorably a few weeks back, as this is the festival that figures prominently in his book. While I’ve been interested in going to the AGMs for years, it’s always been a matter of time and money. Anyone in fandoms knows being a superfan is expensive and time consuming but JASP seems to be more up my alley.

Anywho! Yes, Jane Austen Summer Program! The program is inspired by the Dickens Universe at UC Santa Cruz which has been happening for over 30 years! For JASP, “Austen as a lingua franca: that commonality between the academics and fans where scholarship can expand (and yes fun can be had)” (note: I just quoted myself from my book review).

Perhaps JASP can put it a bit more directly,

Our 4-day symposium focuses on one of Austen’s works each summer. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, high school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone with a passion for all things Austen.

The event takes place at Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina on June 14 – 17 (a solid month before JASNA Louisville yearly festival). This year the theme is Northanger Abbey & Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror. Registration is already open and they are packing a lot into a four-day schedule!

Please check JASP’s website for information on travel, lodgings, events, and more.

 

Jane Austen Regency Week

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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 Summer Program 2018

Image of the ad for Jane Austen Summer Program 2018

A recent introduction in the Janeite calendar is the Jane Austen Summer Program held every year in June at UNC Chapel Hill in June. I recently became aware of the program via Ted Scheinman’s Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, which I reviewed favorably a few weeks back, as this is the festival that figures prominently in his book. While I’ve been interested in going to the AGMs for years, it’s always been a matter of time and money. Anyone in fandoms knows being a superfan is expensive and time consuming but JASP seems to be more up my alley.

Anywho! Yes, Jane Austen Summer Program! The program is inspired by the Dickens Universe at UC Santa Cruz which has been happening for over 30 years! For JASP, “Austen as a lingua franca: that commonality between the academics and fans where scholarship can expand (and yes fun can be had)” (note: I just quoted myself from my book review).

Perhaps JASP can put it a bit more directly,

Our 4-day symposium focuses on one of Austen’s works each summer. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, high school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone with a passion for all things Austen.

The event takes place at Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina on June 14 – 17 (a solid month before JASNA Louisville yearly festival). This year the theme is Northanger Abbey & Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror. Registration is already open and they are packing a lot into a four-day schedule!

Please check JASP’s website for information on travel, lodgings, events, and more.

 

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!

Jane Austen Festival in Louisville – July 14, 15, 16 2017

Jane Austen Louisville Festival

As some of you may know, I live in the greater Louisville, KY region and one of the first things I did when I moved here was to change my membership region to Louisville AND to volunteer for the yearly Festival (North America’s largest JA festival!). This festival has been on my radar for years but either time or location has prevented me from attending but now that I live here, I can not only go but I am also volunteering which I’m super excited for.

Today was my first planning meeting (they started in December) and it was intense. I knew planning a festival was heavy duty having worked several in the past but an entire festival to honor a singular person is fierce. I thought I was a huge Austen devotee but the planning committee made my love look as if I was merely glancing at the novels on occasion.

And this is not a bad thing since you know, Jane is everywhere.

I’ve volunteered for sub-committee to handle social media / blogging and it looks like I’ll be co-librarianing the chapter’s media collection. Tomorrow (January 15) is the monthly general chapter meeting which means I’ll have an entire weekend of Jane which is a splendid weekend indeed.

(I also plugged my blog at the meeting so hello!)

For more information, check the festival’s website or their Facebook page for updates and information on ticket costs, workshops, and the ball!  See you there!

See you there!