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The 2011 Jane Austen Literary Festival

will be held March 19 & 20, 2011

Schedule of Events Forthcoming
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The 2010 Old Mandeville Jane Austen Festival

Schedule of Events



Rain or shine, all venues are covered or indoors!    
(985) 624-5683

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 6, 2021

All Saturday's events at the Old Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte Street Parking in commuter parking lot on Lafitte Street. View artisans and demonstrations of the era 9:00-1:00pm; to participate, contact Donna Beakley, Trailhead (985)624-3147;

Raffle for valuable basket of gifts to benefit the festival; $1.00 tickets on sale 9:00am-1:00pm.


Time                           Event                                                                                      Venues

9:00am-10:00am         Pastries on your own                                                             Farmer's Market (Girod St.)


9:00am-1:00pm         Calligraphy & wax seal demonstrations                              Around the Amphitheatre Stage

            Hairstyles of the Era by Jacqueline's Family Hair Salon 

Local Author Table  Meet & Greet, Booksignings

9:00am-10:00am         Letter Writing Workshop for adults & youths                      Trailhead Depot Room

                                    best for grades 4-7 & adults of all ages. FREE


10:00am-11:00am       Welcome/Announcements/Lecture                                      Trailhead Depot Room
                                    "Adaptation and Elaboration: Making a Case for Jane
                                    Austen's Lost Adaptation of Sir Charles Grandison." — 
                                    Lecture & Q&A 
Session by LSU Doctoral Candidate 
                                    Daniel Mangiavellano
with an Austen overview. FREE


11:00am-11:30pm      Looking for Mr. Darcy Contest                                            Trailhead Amphitheatre

                                    Contestants arrive 15 minutes prior. FREE


11:30am-12:30pm      Regency Vintage Dance Demos/lessons                               Trailhead Ampitheatre
                                    by The Louisiane Vintage Dancers

                                    Audience Participation!  FREE


12:30pm-1:00pm        No Plain Janes Costume Contest                                           Trailhead Amphitheatre
                                   Contestants arrive 15 minutes prior. FREE

1:00pm                        Costumed Promenade on your own down Girod St. sidewalk to the Lake

Meals at participating businesses:


Vianne’s, Royal Regency Tea, 3 courses: Scones, Tea Sandwiches, Savories & Canapes, Dainty Tea Desserts $24.99 Sat. 2:00p, 544 Girod Street, (reservations) (985) 624-5683;
Good Earth Market, Fish & Chips, 821 Girod Street, (985) 674-4329;
The Rusty Pelican, Fish & Chips, 500 Girod Street, (985) 778-0364;
Kickstand Café, menu specials 690 Lafitte Street, (985) 626-9300
Juniper’s Restaurant,  Four-course English Dinner: Appetizer of Crayfish Scones, Waldorf Salad, Shepherd's Pie (Stewed lamb topped with homemade mashed potatoes and brown gravy) Dessert of English Mousse $19.99 Fri & Sat, 301 Lafitte Street, (985) 624-5330;

The Barley Oak, 2101 Lakeshore Drive, (985) 727-7420;; offering Bass, Fuller’s ESB & London Pride, Newcastle & Strongbow Cider
Louie & The Red Head Lady, Fish & Chips, 1851 Florida Street, (985) 626-8101
The Pub, Lafitte Street, Beers & Ales
Nuvolari's Restaurant, Four-course Jane Austen Dinner: Soup de Poisson, Escargot en Croute, Beef Wellington Beurre en Rouge, Apple Tarte Tatin Vanilla Anglaise $23.00  Fri, Sat & Sun   246 Girod Street; (985) 626-5619;
The Beach House, 125 Girod Street; (985) 624-9331; [email protected] 
Maxein's Coffee House, 115 Girod Street; (985) 626-9351;


Shop & Stroll Girod Street:

Das Schulerhaus Christmas & Gift Gallery – 528 Girod Street, (985) 727-7778;; 10% off one non-sale item to costumed festival goers!
Mae Antiques & participating dealers420 Girod Street, (985) 674-5935; [email protected];  20% off to costumed fest goers.
Wash House Salon & Boutique - 413 Girod St (985) 624-5004 20% discount in boutique to costumed fest goers
St. Francis Vintage Shop – 500 block Girod Street at Monroe Street.


Sunday, March 7, 2021

All Sunday's events at The Lake House, 2025 Lakeshore Drive (985) 626-3006, 2nd Floor*
Cost is $35 cash or check at the 2nd floor entrance; $25 for students and teachers with picture ID. Includes event activities, entertainment and Brunch Buffet (Noon-2:30 pm, Cash Bar)


Time                           Event 


12:00-1:00pm             Music of the era: Harp Concert by N.O. Celtic Harp Ensemble


12:00-12:15pm           Meet & Greet
                                    "Letters from the Attic" Display


12:15-12:30pm           Welcome & Announcements
                                    Praying with Jane Austen
                                    Reading of an Austen prayer/Silent Moment


12:00pm                      Brunch - Enjoy delicious buffet by The Lake House (included in ticket price)!

                                   Brunch includes Grits & Grillades, Seafood omelettes, Turtle soup & Fresh Fruit

1:00-1:30pm               Murderous Husbands in 19th Century Literature”  
                                    Lecture by Corrie Kiesel, LSU Doctoral Candidate   

1:30-2:30pm               "Perfect Love Letter Writing Contest"
                                    2009 Winner Readings
                                    2010 Winners announced; Readings


2:30-3:30pm               Panel – “How to Write a Book & Get it Published” with 
                                        authors Pamela Ewen, Bev Marshall and Christa Allan 
                                   Organized by Northshore Literary Society  


3:30-5:00pm               Royal Regency Live Music by Les Ensembles  


*Handicap accessibility not available to the 2nd Floor. We apologize for any inconvenience.