The eighth Annual Jane Austen Literary Festival
will be held on March 21 & 22, 2015
sponsored by: The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana
|The Jane Austen Literary Festival is put on by a group of volunteers that strive to uphold the standards which would make Jane proud however, we have many obligations including families, jobs and careers – we do the best we can for the festival. As novelist Jane Austen said, “a person who can write a letter with ease, cannot write ill.”|
And that adage of wisdom was never so obvious as in 2008 during the “Perfect Love Letter” writing competition that was a highlight of Old Mandeville’s first ever Jane Austen Festival; no ill thoughts in the many letters submitted but only expressions of love for persons, places or things, real or imagined.
The Perfect Love Letter competition will return along with scores of other activities when the eighth annual Jane Austen Literary Festival unfolds on March 21 & 22, 2015, in Old Mandeville, sponsored by The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana, Inc., a nonprofit corporation.
A full schedule of activities will take place on these dates.
As the legendary Austen, hailed as one of the greatest novelists in the history of the English language, put it during the English Regency Era in which she lived, “there is no charm equal to the tenderness of the heart.”
That, says Jane Austen Festival founder Kerri Blache, is the core concept behind the “Perfect Love Letter” contest. Indeed, the mission of the festival in Mandeville is “to foster the fine art of letter writing” which will always be treasured by the recipient and future generations.
Details on the ever-popular Perfect Love Letter Writing Contest will be forthcoming.
But there is more to this colorful festival than the quiet, solitary, serene art of love letter writing.
There is an equally popular time to strut your stuff inn the most elegant of Regency-Victorian era English attire by entering the Looking for Mr. Darcy reading contest and No Plain Jane costume competition. All festival goers are strongly encouraged to costume the entire weekend.
Book focus for this year is: Northanger Abbey. Read up!
President: Kerri Blache
Vice-President: Richard Boyd
Board Members: Denelle Cowart; Anne Rooks; Dan Mangiavellano; Jenny Mayer; Lynn Larsen Ruffin; Debbie Honard; Arynne Fannin; Kate Pendergast; Melody Swang; Cassandra Vaughn
Co-Founders: Danna Acker; Kerri Blache; Richard Boyd
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BECOME A PATRON!
As a Patron, you can help The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana with their mission to foster the fine art of letter writing. Your support will help with future plans of letter writing workshops, dramatic readings of Austen’s works, demonstrations of arts, crafts, dance and culture of her day!
We are now accepting online donations. You can donate online or mail in your donation. If you are interested in finding out more, please see the “Become a Patron” page on this website for more information.
Thank you for your support!
THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS:
The Lakehouse Restaurant
Les Ensembles Classique
The Louisiane Vintage Dancers/Northshore Vintage Dancers
Mandeville Trailhead Cultural and Interpretive Center
New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble
Northshore To Do
Old Mandeville Business Association
Pontchartrain Yacht Club
St. Tammany Parish Library
Thanks to Mandeville Bake Shop, Saia’s Market and Slidell Memorial Hospital
Vianne’s Tea House
WYES TV PBS
Thank you to our individual contributors:
Kerri Blache; Nancy Little; Melody D. Swang; Cassandra Vaughn; Denelle Cowart; Debbie Honard; Kathy Scioneaux; Kim Goodale; Anne Rooks; Richard Boyd
“Expect a most agreeable letter, for not being overburdened with subject (having nothing at all to say), I shall have no check to my genius from beginning to end.”
- Letter of January 21, 1801