Celebrate Bastille Day with Sweet ‘n Savory crepes

18518019_1480031808735103_8218387493846325823_o22 days until advance online registration begins for the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival! Come celebrate Bastille Day with us on Friday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. See Napoleon & Nelson, visit the Shoppes of Meryton, celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Jane Austen Society of North America-Greater Louisville Region and so much more! $6 admission at the gate. Sweet ‘n Savory food truck will be there with their delicious crepes! For more information, please visit: http://www.jasnalouisville.com

The festival continues on July 15 & 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

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23 days till Online Registration opens!


23 days until online advance registration begins for the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival! Here is the first of 23 reasons why you should plan to attend- NAPOLEON is coming! On Friday, July 14 from 6-9 p.m., we will be hosting our Twilight Shopping event and have special presentations by Emperor Napoleon and other guests.

Registration begins June 8, Noon EDT, on our website: jasnalouisville.com

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Jane NEEDs you! Come volunteer at the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival!

We are almost 2 months away from the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival! And we would love your help! Would you like to get free admission to the Festival and have access to free food? Please consider Volunteering at the Festival for one (or more!) shifts. We need many volunteers to help us make this year’s Festival the best yet!

To get signed up, visit our Volunteer website (http://signup.com/go/tzuAtz) and look at all the Volunteer position/shift times for each day of the Festival (either click on a Calendar day that is highlighted or scroll down to see the complete list). There are descriptions for each position, so you know what is expected for each job. When you sign up, please make sure to include your email address and phone number.

For more information on volunteering, email Alana Gillett at janeaustenfestivalvolunteers@gmail.com. Thanks!

Please note: To receive Free Admission, you will need to sign up for at least one Volunteer Position (labeled as a “To Do” task on SignUp). This does not include just bringing food (labeled as a “To Bring” task on SignUp) for the Hospitality Room. Thank you!

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What does Jane Austen’s LEGACY mean to you?


In celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, we would love to hear your thoughts on what Jane Austen means to you. Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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Save the Date for the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky


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2016 Jane Austen Festival- NEW Pony Cart

Tall T’s Pony Farm – Greenfield, Indiana

Historical Background:

Our pony cart is similar to what was known as a “cheer” or “shay” in colonial times (see the following information on the “American Cheer or Shay”).  As Edwin Tunis states “it’s likely that cheers were the first passenger carriages in America” and “this (early colonial version) and the more finished later versions of the cheer were the most popular kind of vehicle in the country almost up to the time of the Civil War.”image1

Our pony cart is made of oak, with the wooden wheels and steel “tires” in keeping with the cart design of the colonial period.  The leather harness is typical of those used with such carts.  Note: pony carts would have been  a common site in colonial America as a pony would have been cheaper to purchase and maintain than a horse.


As you peruse the grounds throughout the day on Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, of the Festival, you will see Candace Trout in her pony cart. Make sure you say “hello”! Note: No pony cart rides will be given. 

Tickets for the Jane Austen Festival will go on sale online starting June 8th (a week away!) and will be available during the Jane Austen Festival. Advance online registration is highly recommended for the Afternoon Tea, Workshops and the Grand Ball as they sell-out before the festival opens.

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2016 Jane Austen Festival Scone Recipe Contest Winners

IMG_5009It was a tough job, but someone had to taste all those scone recipes!  57 entries from all over the US and one from England vied to be the OFFICIAL SCONE for the 8th Annual Jane Austen Festival, held July 15, 16 & 17 at Locust Grove and sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America- Greater Louisville Region.

Members of JASNA-GL volunteered to bake the recipes and two marathon tasting sessions took place in April and May.  It came down to two excellent recipes, so two winners were declared.

One scone, the Vanilla Orange with clotted cream and marmalade (seen in the photograph as the heart-shaped scone), will be the official scone for the four-course afternoon tea and the other, English Toffee with Walnuts (circular scone to the right of the heart-shaped scones), will be offered for sale in the Earl of Sandwich Shoppe during the Festival.

The Winners are Effie Sahihi (Orange Vanilla) of Hendersonville, TN and Linda Levengood (English Toffee with Walnuts) of Crystal Lake, IL.  Each will receive $100 for their winning scone recipes.

The 8th Annual Jane Austen Festival takes place 

July 15, 16 &17 at 1790s Locust Grove. 

The theme is “Eat, Drink, and be Merry in Jane Austen’s England.”

For more information, visit our website: jasnalouisville.com

Advanced online registration begins June 8th.

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