Celebrate 200 years of Jane Austen

Image of Jane Austen

The Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, NY will kick off their year long* celebration of Jane Austen on Thursday, March 16. The first program is a lecture by Jacqueline George, professor of English at SUNY New Paltz, entitled “The Afterlife of a Literary Icon.” The lecture will answer questions such as why does Jane Austen stay with us and what her legacy means.

The event will begin at 6:30PM EST. You can check the library’s event page for more information as well as find other upcoming events happening with this celebration.

P.S. The library is setting up a standee so you can take a selfie with Mr. Darcy. I’m not sure if this is an awesome thing or barely tolerable.

*I’ve added this celebration to the Jane 200 calendar.

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.)