The 2016 Jane Austen Literary Festival

Schedule of Events

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 19 & 20, 2016

Rain or shine, all venues are covered or indoors, in case of inclement weather, all Saturday activities will move indoors to the Treen Tech Center, one block South at 2024 Livingston Street!

All Festival goers and participants are encouraged to wear costumes of the era. Venues in old Mandeville are for easy walking and promenading!  Restaurants, cafes and shops are nearby.


Saturday, March 19, 2016
Saturday morning events are at the Old Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte Street. Parking in commuter parking lot on Lafitte Street. Demonstrations and activities of the era 9:00-1:00pm. To be a vendor at the Jane Austen Literary Festival contact, Donna Beakley (985) 845-4515.
Raffle for valuable basket of gifts to benefit the festival; $1.00 tickets on sale all weekend.

Time Event Venue
9:00 Festival opens/td>

Come on out and enjoy the many activities around teh stage and see the sights

9:00a – 1:00p Hairstyles of the Era(9a-1p) Get your hair styled in Regency fashion for the day by Jacqueline’s Hair Salon. Cost $15.
Authors, Scripting Demos by Scriptly Speaking, thanks to Write Collection
Quill pen and Letter Writing Activity with children’s activities. Stamps provided,bring addresses!by St. Tammany Public Library
Authors, costumers and more
Around the Amphitheatre Stage
9:45a- 10:30a No Plain Janes Fashion Show Come dressed as your favorite character in your best Regency gown. Please write a brief description of your special costume pieces and we will announce it. Then immediately following, join us in a GRAND MARCH from 10:30-10:45 Let’s set a World Record with the most people dressed in authentic Regency Attire! Trailhead Amphitheatre
10:45a – 11:30a Looking for Mr. Darcy and Lizzie too Oratory Contest – contestants should arrive early to receive the selected passage from EMMA. Actors and Actresses show up with your best British accent. Gentlemen get ready to propose to beautiful Miss Bennet who will have the opportunity to refuse the last man she could ever be persuaded to marry!
Please arrive early!
Trailhead Amphitheatre
11:30 – 1:00p Regency Vintage Dancing Demos & Lessons by The Northshore Vintage Dancers. Audience participation! Trailhead Amphitheatre
1:00p Promenade on your own on Girod Street to area restaurants and shops;
See below for Jane Austen themed meals


Dave C. Treen Instructional Technology Center, 2024 Livingston St Speaker Schedule – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Time Event Venue
2:30 Welcome by board member Technology Center
2024 Livingston St.
2:35-3:25p MYSTERY WRITERS PANEL Authors with Book signing to follow
3:30-4:05p Reconsidering EMMA Discussion by Amy Pellitieri Fleming, Northshore Technical College and Denelle Cowart, Southeastern Louisiana University
4:15-5:15p The Perfect Love Letter Student Category Competition – 2015 Student Winners read. 2016 Student Winners announced & read.
5:15-5:30p Announcements

Enjoy an evening in Historic Old Mandeville, We hope to see you tomorrow!

Lunch and Dinner at participating businesses see below
All phone numbers (985) area code


The Barley Oak –  taco’s, reubens, salads, entrees. Lunch, dinner & extensive bar & grill. 2101 Lakeshore Drive, 727-7420

The Beach House Bar & Grill, indoor/outdoor restaurant & bar 125 Girod Street; 624-9331;

K. Gee’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar – 2534 Florida Street 626-0530

McClain’s Pizzeria – 115 Girod St. 778-0955

Nuvolari’s Restaurant – 246 Girod Street; 626-5619. Casual fine dining nightly & bar.

Old Rail Brewing Company – Restaurant & Brewery. 639 Girod St. 612-1828. Regional specialties & classic favorites featuring artisanal beer varieties.

The Pub – Bar, Lafitte Street at Monroe, Beers & Ales

The Rusty Pelican, Fish & Chips Lunch & Dinner 500 Girod Street, 778-0364

Vianne’s Tea House – Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, entrees, Loose leaf Teas, worldly Tea Shop
Jane Austen Tea Sat. 12:30-2:00pm seating.  544 Girod Street, advance reservations needed  624-5683;


Shop & Stroll on Girod Street:


Das Schulerhaus Gift Gallery & Christmas Shop – 611 Girod Street, 10% off one non-sale item to costumed festival goers!
Mae Antiques  –  420 Girod Street, 20% off to costumed fest goers by participating dealers
Vianne’s Tea House – 544 Girod St. worldly Tea Shop
Gallery Aubergine – 2012 Jefferson Street (off Girod)714-6200/264-2297. Featuring Louisiana art, murals & art classes.
Cameo Boutique – 302 Girod Street; women’s clothing
Varsity Sports – 2024 Claiborne (off Girod) Sporting goods & clothes. 10% off one non-sale item to costumed fest goers.

Enjoy the following services (or make plans ahead for next year!)
Abbyphoto – by appointment only 951-8868
Aviva Massage & Well Being Center – 601 Lafitte St. 727-9665
Frosch’s Barber Shop – 243 Girod St. 264-7882, walk ins & appt.
Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts – Music Academy 316 Girod St. 674-2992
Modern Muscle Studio – Fitness Studio. 2013 Jefferson St. 201-6934
Pontchartrain Yacht Club – 140 Jackson Ave. 626-3192

For a list of Guest Houses and B&B’s check
or click here:

Chez Nous Bed & Breakfast …Bed And Breakfast 132 Coffee St. 630.5902

Mar Villa Guest House … 2013 Claiborne St. 985-626-5975

Pontchartrain Winds Guest Cottages …727-2444 434 Girod

Comfort Suites – 68073 Highway 59, Mandeville, LA, US, 70471
Phone: (985) 892-7700

For a ladies guest retreat house go to

Sunday, March 20, 2016
All Sunday’s events at Maison Lafitte , 402 Lafitte Street,
Cost is $45 cash or check at the entrance; $35 for students with picture ID. Includes event activities, from 11:30-5:30pm, Silent Auction, entertainment and Brunch Buffet including Grits & Grillades & Scrambled Eggs with Cash Bar. EMMA’s BALL with Cake and Champagne as Finale.

Time Event
11:30 – 12:30p Music of the era: Harp Concert by N.O. Celtic Harp Ensemble
11:30 – 11:45a Meet and Greet
“Letters from the Attic” Display Love Letter Collection
11:45 – 12:00p Welcome & and Introductions by Kerri Blache. Explanations of Letter Displays by Denelle Cowart, Silent Auction Opens with Overview by board member
Reading of a Jane Austen prayer/Silent Moment by Cassandra Vaughn
11:30a Brunch - Enjoy Brunch buffet of Grits & Grillades, Scrambled Eggs and more(included in ticket price) Cash Bar.
12:30 – 1:30p Jane Austen Poetry, 6 different Poets/Readings Moderated by Richard Boyd
1:30 – 2:15p “Perfect Love Letter Writing Contest” Adult categories
2015 Winner Readings
2016 Winners announced; Readings
2:15 – 2:20p Afternoon Tea Break
2:20 – 2:30p Jane’s Letter to Cassandra by Richard Boyd
2:30 – 5:30p EMMA’s BALL by the Northshore Regency Dancers
2:30 – 5:30p EMMA’s BALL with Cake and Champagne and Tea
Regency Reception Cake by Mandeville Bake Shop and Champagne donated by Saia’s Market

Included in $45. fee or $20. fee entrance at 2:30 for EMMA’s BALL ($10. per child)

5:00p Raffle basket drawings & Silent Auction closes

Please check back periodically as this schedule may change to accommodate all happenings.

Nobody minds having what is too good for them
- Jane Austen, Mansfield Park