Good news, Janeites–the Connecticut Region of JASNA had such a great time putting on our first Jane Austen Getaway weekend in 2013 that we are now planning the SECOND Jane Austen Getaway weekend for 2015.
We’re in the very preliminary stages, and no final decision has yet been made as to dates and location–but we expect the Getaway will be held in July 2015 somewhere in train-accessible New Haven, CT. Stay tuned in the coming months for an announcement of the weekend dates, the hotel location, and our special conference theme.
*** UPDATE April 7, 2014 ***
A 2015 Jane Austen Getaway weekend/conference in the style of the 2013 getaway weekend will not be held. Stay tuned for alternate plans.
Dear Summer Camp attendees,
As mentioned in the last post, Ciarrai Studios has designed a special necklace, Mr. Darcy’s Heart, for a silent auction during Jane Austen Summer Camp. But there also will be several other selected jewelry pieces for sale at the Camp Store.
Take a look at these lovely pieces below, accompanied by a special message from Ciarrai Studios:
Ciarrai Studios is thrilled and honored to be a part of the JASNA-CT Jane Austen Summer Camp. Our handmade literary jewelry, including two of our most popular pieces: The Tea at Pemberley Charm Necklace and the Captain Wentworth Love Letter Charm Necklace will be available at the conference gift shop.
About the Tea at Pemberley Necklace:
Featuring a glass vial of real tea leaves, a handmade resin charm with text taken from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a crystal teapot charm and tiny porcelain teacup, The Tea at Pemberley necklace will make you feel as if you have been invited to Pemberley for tea with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. The Tea at Pemberley Necklace is shown here with a Peridot green teapot and a pink floral teacup but it will be available at the event in an assortment of teapot colors and teacup designs. You can also create a personalized Tea at Pemberley necklace with your choice of teacup and a teapot in your favorite color or birthstone at the Ciarrai Studios online shop (www.etsy.com/shop/ciarraistudios).
Fans of Persuasion and of Sense and Sensibility should look for the Tea with Captain Wentworth necklace and the Tea with the Dashwoods necklace, both of which will also be available at the event.
About the Captain Wentworth Love Letter Necklace:
“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope”. Inspired by Captain Wentworth’s impassioned letter to Anne Eliot in Persuasion, this charm necklace features a handmade resin charm with text from the novel, silver charms of a pen and a love letter, and a Swarovski crystal heart. The Captain Wentworth Love Letter Necklace comes accompanied by a decorative print of the Captain’s letter, hand-sealed with an old fashioned wax seal. Truly the perfect gift for any Jane Austen fan!
About Ciarrai Studios: Handmade Jewelry for Book Lovers, Tea Drinkers, and Lovers of Lovely Things.
Jewelry designer, Kerry Gauthier uses her love of classic literature (and a near obsession with T. S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”) as inspiration for her handmade literary jewelry, which she sells in her Etsy shop, Ciarrai Studios (www.etsy.com/shop/ciarraistudios).
Book lovers and bibliophiles will love Ciarrai Studios’ made-to-order and personalized jewelry inspired by great works of literature, including: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and more.
Ciarrai Studios’ invites you to enter our Anniversary Giveaway Contest by signing up for our monthly newsletter mailing list at: http://eepurl.com/ytOij. Not only will you receive information about new products, special events, sales and promotions, but you may also win free Ciarrai Studios’ jewelry (including a personalized Tea at Pemberley necklace) and Jane Austen teas from Bingley’s Teas Ltd. (http://www.bingleysteas.com/)
Dear Jane Austen Summer Camp attendees,
We’re so pleased you will be spending time with us at the conference this weekend. Here are a few last minute details to make your conference special.
Check-in at the Inn at Middletown (70 Main Street, Middletown) is 3 p.m. Registration begins Friday at 6 p.m. or soon after in the Foyer on the second level. The Inn is fully booked for our weekend, so if you plan to have dinner at the Inn on Friday night before our lecture at 7:30 p.m., make a reservation. Directions and information can be found on the hotel’s website: http://www.innatmiddletown.com/. Valet parking is included with every admission except Austenland movie passes. Drive up to the Inn’s front circle and let them know you are with the Jane Austen conference.
Saturday workshops are hands-on (unless you wish to simply observe, which is fine). The reticule and wallet workshop involves hand-sewing, just as Jane Austen would have done (no prior knowledge is expected). The hairstyles workshop is best enjoyed by attempting the styles shown on your own hair. Here is a list of supplies you may wish to bring: http://jasnactsummercamp.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/summer-getaway-workshop-how-to-do-the-hair-do-of-the-day/
There will also be Regency-themed raffle drawings on Saturday and Sunday.
Hold onto your bonnets and top hats, ladies and gents. If you’re attending Jane Austen Summer Campers are in for a nice surprise at Sunday’s ice cream social and movie viewing (well, not anymore, because we’re telling you about it right now).
Instead of any of the Austen films we previously proposed, we will now be giving summer campers a sneak peak of the as-yet-to-be-released-in-theaters Austenland! If you haven’t registered for the conference, there’s still some time—but not much. All registrations must be received by July 19.
You can register for Saturday or Sunday day passes. There are a limited number of spaces for non-conference attendees who are interested in seeing Austenland. Please send your registration in NOW so we can be sure to reserve a spot for you. The cost is $20 for ice cream and the movie and does not include parking (valet and street parking available).
Watch the Austenland theatrical trailer: http://youtu.be/UIxmVwP3ROI
Jane Austen Summer Getaway is just a few short weeks away, and the excitement is mounting! But in your excitement over the approach of this great event, don’t forget to register and send in your fees. The deadline is approaching even faster than the event weekend itself. Registration for Jane Austen Summer Getaway closes Friday, July 19.
No on-site registrations will be allowed during the conference. All registrations and fees must be received by July 19.
No online registrations will be permitted after the 18th and the Paypal option is no longer available for paying registration fees.
For registration details, Click Here
Ladies and Gents, are you eager to learn how to dress your tresses in true Regency fashion? Attendees at the Jane Austen Summer Getaway will join workshop instructor Kandie Carle for a hands-on session in Regency Hairstyles. Renowned as ‘The Victorian Lady,’ Kandie brings her meticulous knowledge of historical fashion to this Regency hairstyle workshop.
To participate in the hands-on portion of the workshop, please bring hairpins—not just bobby pins, but hairpins (see the photo below)—faux hair pieces such as rats and/or braids to augment your own locks, ribbons or any other hair ornamentation, a curling iron if you have one, and light hairspray of your choice. You’ll learn techniques for manipulating your hair (or making up for a modern hairstyle) to achieve a Regency-era coiffure!
One of the classes you will attend is Regency Reticule & Wallet Making. In this class you will make a Regency-style reticule (lady’s purse) or pocketbook (lady’s or gentleman’s wallet). I’ll give you a brief overview of these accessories and show you several examples of different styles that were popular during the period. I’ll also show you finished examples of the reticule and wallet styles that you’ll be making in the workshop.
Please note that every part of the process during the workshop requires hand sewing. All sewing supplies (thread, pins, needles, and scissors) will be provided and the materials for the reticules and wallets will be pre-cut. Each person will receive the sewing kit and will be able to choose either a reticule kit or a wallet kit. Several Regency-appropriate color options will be available. A few ironing stations will be set up in the room so you can properly press your projects.
If the idea of hand sewing intimidates you, don’t fear! I will guide you through the process with step-by-step instructions and will even demonstrate the few very simple sewing stitches necessary to complete your project. I have simplified the construction of these reticules and wallets as much as possible to allow even inexperienced sewers to complete the projects easily.
If you don’t finish your reticule or wallet during the workshop period, you can take the sewing kit and the project instruction sheet with you and finish up on your own. You’ll also get a copy of the pattern to take home so that you can make more reticules or wallets from any fabric you choose. And there’s nothing preventing you from sewing more reticules and wallets on a sewing machine, instead of by hand!
Extra reticule and wallet kits, in fancier materials and with instructions included, will be available for purchase at the Camp Store.
I can’t wait to see you all and show you how easy it is to sew these lovely Regency accessories!
Stephani Miller, Jane Austen Summer Getaway workshop instructor