One of the big downsides of the lockdown has been the inability to meet with friends, old and new, at events. Thankfully, a lot of concerts, plays, and movies have have gone virtual to fill that gap.
With that in mind, a great event is coming up sponsored by the Eastern Pennsylvania JASNA region.
Behold! Jane Austen Mystery Theater!
On September 11 from 3P – 5P EST, twelve actors will read through Jane Austen inspired plays. Here’s the mystery: only the actors will know what play or character they are doing before they preform. But! There will be no rehearsal or walk through. They will be going in stone cold.
If you’ve every had your heart on becoming a thespian, look no further! The organizers are looking for volunteers to preform. When you register for the event, and the event is free, you’ll have the chance to volunteer.
For more information, visit the event page or register here.
For over 200 years, Jane Austen’s books have marked a view into early 19th century life from the aristocracy to daily living to romance and marriage. But are these a true look or merely a myth that has continued to this day?
The Friends of the Princeton University Library cordially invite you to a virtual lecture by Claudia L. Johnson and Clara Tuite, “30 Great Myths About Jane Austen” in support of their book by the same time.
The event is being held on Zoom on Sunday June 20 from 4 – 6 PM EST. You can register here. It is open to the public.
JASNA Greater Sacramento July reading group has chosen A Life Worth Choosing, a Pride and Prejudice variation, by Anngela Schroeder. The group will meet via Zoom on July 17 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST.
To register, contact organizer Nancy Kleinert via email. Visit the group’s webpage for more information.
The Enchanted Book Club has arranged for Caroline Jane Knight, Jane Austen’s fifth great niece, to talk about her work with the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation and her connection to Jane in a virtual tea.
The event is happening on June 13th at 5PM EST. Tickets are $10 and you can register here.
JASNA SW Florida cordially invites you to their presentation, “Comparing Scenes From Four Productions of Sense and Sensibility.” The event is being held on Zoom on June 12, 2021 from 1PM – 3PM.
The presentation will be comparing four productions of the book. Attendees do not need to watch the movies beforehand as they will present each video clip.
The four productions are 1971, 1981, 1995, and 2008.
Mailing list members will receive and invite a week before the event. To receive an invitation, email JasnaSWF@gmail.com.
With the uncertainty of whether the 2021 Jane Austen festival will be in person or virtual, the organizers have put together a fun challenge!
If you’re feeling inspired by the clothing and accessories of Jane Austen’s time or desired something from an Austen adaptation, and you’ve gone on to recreate an outfit or felt motivation to create one of your own designs, the Jane Austen Festival Committee has something for you.
Recreate an outfit (or accessory such as a bonnet or reticule) from Austen’s time period and document the process, including notes on fabrics, patterns used, source materials, or fashion plate. Then include a short video or an image of the creation worn by you for the committee members to use on social media. Email everything to Hannah at Locust Grove (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 18!
You can find inspiration on the committee’s curated Pinterest album if you need ideas.
Historic Locust Grover is proud to present the 2021 Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, KY. This year’s theme is Race, Power & The Arts in Jane Austen’s World: How did the ideas of contemporary society influence Jane Austen’s work?
The event is scheduled to be held July 9 – 11, 2021.
Due to COVID-19, the organizers have confirmed there will be a virtual component to the festival but the in-person activities are still under consideration. A full announcement will be made on or before May 31, 2021.
Registration will open the week of June 7 and is as follows:
- Virtual Two-Day | $18
- Virtual Saturday | $10
- Virtual Sunday | $10
The virtual pass will include all the speakers and Q&As across the weekend while the one day passes are valid for that day.
Content will be available from July 5 to July 31.
For more information on sponsorship, volunteering, and contact information, head over to the festival’s website.