Well, my traveling co-hort and lover-of-London buddy Suzanne, of the Governor’s House in Hyde Park, Vermont, will be hosting not just one but two Jane Austen weekends in a row:
This coming weekend [August 12-14] will be on Persuasion – come learn about the Royal Navy! discuss Anne Elliot’s dilemma! obsess over Captain Wentworth’s letter! [sigh…]
Then next weekend [August 19-21] the Governor’s House will be treading new ground – a weekend of guests who will each come in the guise of one of Jane Austen’s characters – here is your chance to dress up* [not required, but it helps…], speak, and act, well, act like anyone you want to be: Mr. Collins, or Mrs. Bennet, or Mr. Darcy; or how about Mrs. Elton, Mary Musgrove, Jane Fairfax or Miss Bates, or can you resist trying a hand at Lady Catherine? – the list an endless one of endearing and annoying characters! Maybe you will meet your very own Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley or find a Henry Tilney to spar with[there shall be no encouragement of the Willoughbys or Wickhams of the world, but we do hope they shall attend for the sake of the interest of all participants…]
Alas!! I cannot go, but shall try to pop in for pictures to share… but if you could go, who would you most want to be?? – remember you must act the part for the entire weekend!
You can view the details here:
And here is the upcoming schedule for future Jane Austen weekends: call early to reserve – they fill up fast. [There are plans for another ‘in-character” weekend, so stay tuned for an announcement.]
Special Weekend in Character
August 19 – 21, 2011
Series 4: Persuasion
Friday evening talk: Captain Wentworth’s Royal Navy
January 28 – 30, 2011
August 12 – 14, 2011
September 9 – 11, 2011
January 6 – 8, 2012
Book Group Weekend: Pride and Prejudice
February 25 – 27, 2011
Series 5: Emma
January 27 – 29, 2012
and other dates to be announced
Or come for just an evening and choose from these activities:
Informal Talk with Coffee and Dessert, Friday, 8:00 p.m., $14.00
Afternoon Tea, Saturday, 3:00 p.m., $20.00
Book Discussion and Dinner, Saturday, 7:00 p.m., $35.00
Jane Austen Quiz and Sunday Brunch, Sunday, 11:30 a.m., $15.00
All four activities: $75.00
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*If your wardrobe is sadly lacking in proper Regency attire, here are a few links to assist you:
So, who would you want to be?? if you had this chance, would you want to play the part of one of Austen’s annoying characters or one of her endearing ones?? – and of course that leads to – what outfit would you choose?? Please comment – inquiring minds want to know!
I just took a break from sewing my outfit to read your post. Sorry to miss you but that would leave Richard Armitage all for me!
Ha! – but if Richard Armitage is to be there, I will just have to re-arrange all my plans! [is he perchance playing Mr. Knightley?]
Oh, if I could go I would totally go as Lizzie Bennet. I have some wit, though it is not as sparkling perhaps as my husband’s, I love irony, and I love the romance that ensues with Darcy, though I’d ask my husband to go and play the Darcy role.
I’m going to the AGM this year but perhaps another year I could work this into the financial plan. Sigh, one can only do so many things with a slight income. If I had a more generous purse I’d be in England every summer, at every AGM, and do at least one Jane Austen in Vermont. These are goals to plan for!
Please do post pictures and comments as you are able. Some of out here in the blogosphere live vicariously through our bloggers’ posts!
Well it would be great to have you and your very own Darcy there Karen! – maybe next time… So glad to hear you will be at the AGM – will try to connect with you!
I went tonight for the Persuasion talk – it was a full house of Jane Austen followers, some beautifully dressed – looks like a great group – they shall have a fine weekend together – I am green with envy to only spend a few hours with them! – hopefully I can go next week and see some of the characters and get a few pictures, so stay tuned!
I wish I were going. (Might be able to come for tea.) I’d go as Mrs. Gardiner–sensible, caring, and fashionable! As to what to wear, well:
– for the morning: http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/collection/artifacts/M15300
– for an afternoon carriage ride or walk to Meryton I’d add a spencer: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/Collections-Research/Collections-online/object.aspx?objectID=object-82768&start=25&rows=1
– or wear an ultrafashionable redingote: http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/the_costume_institute/dress_redingote/objectview.aspx?page=2&sort=6&sortdir=asc&keyword=dress%20181*&fp=1&dd1=8&dd2=0&vw=1&collID=8&OID=80092942&vT=1&hi=0&ov=0
– or maybe spend the afternoon in the garden in a simple day gown: http://www.museumofcostume.co.uk/images/collection/large/batmc_i_09_940.jpg
– and for the evening: http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/the_costume_institute/dress_evening/objectview.aspx?page=1&sort=6&sortdir=asc&keyword=dress%20181*&fp=1&dd1=8&dd2=0&vw=1&collID=8&OID=80036038&vT=1&hi=0&ov=0
I’ll save my long sleeves for London.
Oh Hope! – I knew I could count on you to send along some fabulous links of possible attire! – and you would make a superb Mrs. Gardiner – go for tea if you can, and wow them all with your wardrobe! [I can’t wait for the Emma weekends!]
Thanks for sharing, Hope,
Lol, I would be that old sea dog Admiral Croft.