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A Day With Jane (A Jane Austen Event)

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Rita & Truett Smith Public Library

300 Country Club Road

#300

Wylie, TX 75098

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For Adults and Teens.

Experience a day in the life of Lizzie, Emma and other beloved Jane Austen characters through lectures, crafts and activities. Begin the day taking a tour of Jane Austens's England with historian Jann Mackey, covering Austen's homes and haunts, as well as important homes that likely inspired those seen in her works and were used as filming locations. Play sports like bocce (similar to lawn bowling) or pickleball (a racquet sport with roots in tennis and badminton). Rediscover the important art of letters in Austen’s life, or perhaps practice ribbon embroidery, before brushing up on your steps in English country dance* with enthusiast Abigail Malone..

Lunch included: meat or veggie pastie, spring greens salad, lemon cookies, iced tea and water. Note your choice during registration.

The afternoon will include two breakout sessions: Learning Ribbon Embroidery and Letter Writing, Austen Style. Mark your preference during registration. Attendees will be assigned their first preference on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit of 20 spots for each session.

  • Learning Ribbon Embroidery: Susan Fain will show you how to embellish your clothing and accessories with basic stitches that are the basis of more complex designs. Supplies provided.

  • Letter Writing, Austen Style: Dr. Dallie Clark offers an introduction to letter writing in the Regency era with a look at Austen’s own letters. Participants will then have time to practice with tips they've learned for writing their own letters. Supplies provided.


Costumes are greatly admired but not required.

*Shoe Requirement For Dance: Please help us to minimize damage to the floor by wearing soft-soled, wide-heeled shoes.

To tell what kind of soles your shoes have, try pressing them with your thumbnail. You should be able to make a dent. If you can't, the shoes are too hard for the floor. Heels should be at least 1.5 inches in diameter and made of a non-marking material. You can check this by scraping the edge of the heel on a piece of white paper. If it leaves a black mark that can't be rubbed out, it will likely leave a scuff mark on the floor. We recomend sticking to flat or low-heel shoes.

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300 Country Club Road

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Wylie, TX 75098

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