The Eleventh Annual Jane Austen Literary Festival

will be held on Saturday, April 28th 10-5:30pm at the Historic Lang House (605 Carroll St) dance lessons, Grand March, NO PLAIN JANES, Mr. DARCY ORATORY contest, Richard H. Boyd Poetry Panel, Hairstyles of the era and more ($20.00 admission fee, cash, checks and credit cards accepted).
Regency Supper Ball in the evening 6:30-7:30 Patron Party and 7:30-10:30p Supper Dance at the Old Rail Brewery 2nd Floor, Malt Room (639 Girod St). SPECIAL ADVANCE RATE THROUGH MIDNIGHT MARCH 31st (SEE DROP DOWN MENU).

Later in 2018, activities include:

Fall Concert – “Jane and Jeans” music of the era and picnic with the Perfect Love Letter Readings. Fundraisers at Painting with a Twist dates & location tbd, Dessert Tea – date tbd and Christmas Caroling at the Old Mandeville Trailhead – Sunday, December 23rd 5-6:30pm

sponsored by: The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana

Jane Austen in Blue Dress

The Jane Austen Literary Festival is put on by a group of dedicated volunteers who strive to uphold the standards which would make Jane proud. We also have many obligations including families, jobs and careers, and we do the best we can for the festival. Please contact us if you can volunteer. 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 this year during our Fall Concert: Jane & Jeans music of the era – date tbd. Write up! All activities in Old Mandeville, sponsored by The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana, Inc., a nonprofit corporation.

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 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 to be held Fall 2018 will be forthcoming.

But there is more to this colorful festival than the quiet, solitary, serene art of love letter writing which could be to a person, place or thing.

There is an equally popular time to strut your stuff in the most elegant of Regency-Victorian era English attire or just cocktail evening attire. Regency Ball attendees are encouraged to wear period attire but it is not required. For pieces or full Regency attire we recommend the following Regency era specialist/seamstress, that will help you turn ordinary clothes in period attire with minimal custom pieces:
Nikole Herasymiuk  985-635-1793
Book focus for this year is: Northanger Abbey. Read up!

Co-Presidents: Kerri Blache, Anne Calvert and Denelle Cowart
Vice-President: Nikole Herasymiuk
Treasurer: Kim Goodale
Board Members and Volunteers: Jan Lugenbuh; Amy Pellittieri Fleming; Meg Barnes; Bee Chenier and Gwen Culotta
Become a volunteer – contact us now!
Co-Founders: Danna Acker; Kerri Blache; Richard Boyd (deceased)

For more information contact us at:

Purchase admissions to Regency Ball on Saturday night via PayPal by clicking the button below! Your name will be listed at check-in, but if possible please bring print out receipt.

Patron Party 6:30-7:30pm
At the Patron Party, enjoy meeting VIP Author and guest: Erica Spindler, Mandeville resident and New York Times best selling author of romantic thrillers. Also, “Bernard de Marigny” aka Nixon Adams, local historian, Chairman of Pelican Park and the Mandeville Planning & Zoning Commission. Mr. Adams will lead us in a toast to Ms. Spindler that would make Jane proud. He will also discourse on Marigny’s contributions to Mandeville during Austen’s time including the dice game of Craps.
Supper Ball 7:30-10:30pm
Live Celtic/Period Music by Kitchen Session of Baton Rouge. Supper Ball includes a full buffet supper of Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Marsala, Salad, Coffee & Tea. Cash bar. Regency attire encouraged, but not required. 


At the door price for Regency Ball is $40/Adult, $20/Children


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!


“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