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.

Click here for a full schedule of the weekend’s activities.

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 –  Lunch, dinner & extensive bar & grill. 2101 Lakeshore Drive, 727-7420

The Beach House Bar & Grill, indoor/outdoor restaurant, bar & coffee house 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. 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 – Venue, Catering & Tea Shop. Jane Austen Tea Saturday, March 19th 12:30-2:00pm seating. $32.99 per person + tax and gratuity. Special touches  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. international 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
Eclectic Finds – 538 Girod Street; antiques, re-purposed art and more!
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

Ladies guest retreat house

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 teachers & 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 Kim Goodale
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; winners read their letters. Certificates and prizes awarded.
2:15 – 2:20p Afternoon Tea Break
2:20 – 2:30p Jane’s Letter to her sister, Cassandra by Richard Boyd
2:30 – 5:30p EMMA’s BALL by the Northshore Regency Dancers; includes cake, champagne and tea
Regency Reception Champagne donated by Saia’s Market

Included in $45. fee or $20. fee entrance at 2:30 for EMMA’s BALL ($10. per child). Special thanks to Northshore Vintage Dancers

4:30p 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