The 2010 Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, KY has come and gone. I feel like there is so much to tell, and so few words to describe all of it. So, for the most part I will let these pictures speak for themselves. Let's start with the picture above. Here is the central party that I went to the festival with...including all of the outfits that I have been slaving over for the past 12 months. On the left is Mr. and Mrs. E. The Mrs. E. is my dear friend Laura that I constantly talk about, and consequently the author of the Janus-at-the-door blog. They have just returned from a long holiday in Great Britain....lucky ducks!
On the right are the Mr. and Mrs. M....also known as myself and my dear husband.
Speaking of the Mr. and Mrs. M., here we are again on the ground of the beautiful and historic Locust Grove. The day was unbearably hot, so you will often find us in the shadow of some much welcomed trees. I'm afraid my cute little Capote bonnet succeeded (where the heat and humidity didn't) in flattening my voluminous hair-do.
A portrait of the ladies, standing in front of one of the several merchant's shoppes of a fictitious "Meryton". My one purchase of the day was a beautiful vintage silk shawl, of which you can see me wearing in the picture below.
Another portrait of the ladies, but this time, the picture features not only myself and Laura, but Natalie of Zip-Zips-Vintage-Sewing-Blog (the one with the big white ostrich feather) and Polly Singer of Hats-and-Veils , the fantastic Milliner that helped me with my bonnet. We are all part of the "Jane Austen Sewing Society", founded by Natalie. Two other members of our group were there, but unfortunately I didn't get a picture of them.
One highlight of the festival was a chance to tour the Locust Grove estate. The building was circa 1790's Georgian architecture...completely period appropriate, and full of stunning rooms.
This was one of my favorite rooms. I would love to own such a light, ethereal bed like this. Isn't it conducive to restful nights, and the reading of a great many novels?!
One of the benefits of the festival was people watching. There were many fantastic displays of Regency or Georgian era outfits.