By Jennifer Abella
Think Regency ladies just threw on an Empire-waist dress and skipped out the door to the ball? Not so!
On Saturday, Ruth Verbunt will give a two-part talk on dressing for a ball and ballroom etiquette:
Part I: “Once they got that coveted invitation to a Ball at Almack’s, what would they have worn?
Part II: How to re-create the Regency look. PLUS: a hands-on demonstration of applying Regency period make-up for those who want to stay after the discussion.
Ruth says: Makeup in this period can be described by three words; Red, white and gray. I will have mini-kits of makeup to give to those who want it or participants can plan to bring their own concealer, carmine red lipstick, gray eyeshadow and (optional) black mascara.
Makeup sponges, Q-tips, cotton balls and other supplies will be on hand for all who want to join the fun.
THIS JUST IN: We got a peek at the items up for silent auction and now we’re letting you in on the secret!
Click here for a preview of the items, including books, a bonnet and … items from a few Web series you might be familiar with (*cough*Emma Approved Lizzie Bennet Diaries*cough*) : Silent Auction Preview
By Jennifer Abella
The Jane Austen Summer Program is just days away. We know — WE’RE EXCITED TOO! Here’s a handy list of things you won’t want to leave at home:
- “Emma.” Obviously! Bring us your e-book, your beloved, tattered paperback, your brand-spanking new copy with zero creases in the spine, whatever. You’ll want it to look up references during the discussions.
- Paper and pen. To take notes. Or to jot down a new friend’s contact info.
- Your phone/camera. Don’t you want proof you danced(!) at(!) a(!) ball(!)? Pics or it didn’t happen. …
- Dancing shoes. For said ball. And make ‘em comfortable! Your feet will thank you after a few hours on the dance floor.
- The practical stuff. Parking permits, registration papers, travel tickets, etc.
- Auction items. Okay, maybe your new or gently used Jane Austen/Regency-related items can’t be included in this year’s auction, but we’re already thinking about next year. So please bring your donations! Remember: You’ll be helping us help teachers attend JASP on scholarship.
- Space in your suitcase. Remember all that stuff you’re donated to the 2016 silent auction? Once you drop it off, you can fill that space in your suitcase with stuff from this year’s auction — plus all the books and swag that will be on sale during the program. So … yeah, pro tip: Leave a bit of room in that bag of yours.
- Opinions. This is your chance to discuss the book with people who get your love of Jane Austen. So don’t be afraid to speak your mind! Maybe not everyone will agree with each other, but come with an open mind and a decided opinion and the conversation will be lively.
- Friendly attitude. For some of us, it’ll be like returning to summer camp. For others of us, it’ll be like the first day at a new school. See someone standing off on the side? Say hello! You know you have at least one thing in common.
See you in a few days!
Jennifer Abella is a TV/movie/pop culture/knitting/sewing/Jane Austen geek. Oh, and a total Anglophile. Follow @nextjen on Twitter. And remember to like Jane Austen Summer Program on Facebook and follow @JASPhotline on Twitter.