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Jane Austen Festival in Louisville features afternoon tea and British authors

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The 7th Annual Jane Austen Festival, taking place the third week of July at historic Locust Grove in Louisville, will be a mix of past favorites such as afternoon tea and "Dressing Mr. Darcy" together with several new events, including an extra evening of "Twilight Shopping", featuring Kentucky-inspired food and drink for sale, plus music and entertainment under the Big Top tent.

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Along with a fashion show, Shoppes of Meryton, and various Regency-era pastime demonstrations, attendees will be treated to lectures by two British authors. Professor John Mullan, University College London, will speak about his latest book, “What Matters in Jane Austen?” as well as Jo Baker, author of “Longbourn.”

The Festival has become the largest Jane Austen event in North America with approximately 1,700 attending from 18 states and Canada in 2013. Attendance is expected to exceed last year's number and early registration is encouraged, including reservations for afternoon tea time. According to Regional Coordinator, Bonny Wise, the teas were sold out last year.

"The tea foods will have a Kentucky theme this year", says Wise, reached via email last week, "with mini-hot browns, a Benedictine/Pimiento cheese stack sandwich, and back by popular demand Bread Puddings with a Bourbon Caramel sauce." Bingley's Teas will again be served.

The afternoon tea, served inside the Visitors’ Center will take place each day and is $20 per person.

The Festival will take place July 18 through July 20. Admission to the festival is $5 Friday only; one day pass $12, two day pass $20 and children 12 and under are free. Admission (except Friday evening) includes access to the ca. 1790 Locust Grove, a National Historic Landmark. Recently intensive research and restoration has completely changed the interior of the home to the period, 1809-1818, when Revolutionary War hero, George Rogers Clark, lived in the House.

For information about Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), visit www.jasna.org. To purchase tickets for workshops, the ball, afternoon tea and admission, visit JASNA Greater Louisville's website page Festival Information. On-line pre-registration begins June 2nd.

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