One week from today, the 7th Annual Jane Austen Festival in Louisville begins with extended shopping and merriment. The Festival starts Friday July 18 and runs through Sunday, July 20.
Twilight Shopping starts at 6:00 Friday evening and admission is $5.00. Local themed foods will be for sale, such as grilled chicken pasta salad and Kentucky fried chicken along with sweet potato biscuits, potato salad and desserts (Hummingbird Cake, Blackberry Jam Cake, Blackberry Cobbler and Chocolate Walnut Bourbon Pie). There will be a musical tribute to Jane Austen featuring music she loved. A toast to the author will be held under the Big Top Tent.
Saturday and Sunday of the event will feature Festival favorites such as "Dressing Mr. Darcy" and the Regency Style Fashion Show in addition to presentations 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.”
New items for sale include a Festival mug which features the famous letter written by Captain Wentworth to Anne Elliott and a gold-plated Christmas ornament. In addition, a newly designed V-neck, trim-cut Festival T-shirt will also be available.
Although all afternoon tea times are sold out, the Festival's latest update states all may not be lost. It is recommended to check in with the registration desk inside the Visitor's Center upon arrival as cancellations do occur.
On-line advance registration ends at midnight Tuesday, July 15, but admission tickets can still be purchased at the gate upon arrival.
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. If you haven't made tea time reservations yet, but are lucky enough to snag a cancellation, the afternoon tea, served inside the Visitors’ Center is $20 per person.
For more information, visit the website of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Greater Louisville Region.