Announcing Connecticut’s first Jane Austen Summer Camp
July 26 – 28, 2013, Middletown, CT
Fans of the works of beloved author Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) have often wondered what it would be like to live in the time of her heroines and heroes. The Connecticut Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America’s first Jane Austen Summer Camp retreat offers the chance to step back in time to the period of the British Regency.
The historic Inn at Middletown, in Middletown, CT, is the setting for a weekend of learning about the activities that made up Jane Austen’s daily routine, and that of her contemporaries. During the weekend of July 26 – 28, 2013, you’ll experience balls, parties, and promenades and write letters with a quill and ink, as Jane would have written her daily letters and her novels. Ladies and gentlemen will learn how to draw silhouettes, to dress their hair in true Regency fashion, and to sew pretty and useful accessories. Plus, we’ll visit the Middlesex County Historical Society in its headquarters, the General Mansfield House. Period dress is encouraged and appreciated, but not required.
Jane Austen scholars and experts on Regency life will speak on various topics, and local dance expert Susan de Guardiola will teach an English contra dance workshop Saturday evening and will call the dances at the ball that night.
Registration is open now. Visit http://jasnactsummercamp.wordpress.com for
complete retreat details, to download the brochure, and for links to the registration and hotel reservation forms.
Until February 15, 2013, JASNA members and non-members alike can register for the retreat at a discounted rate ($295 members; $325 non-members). After February 15, the rate increases to $325 for members and $355 for non-members.