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200 Years after the Death of Jane Austen Fans honored her Passing at the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival
The annual Festival, held at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville, KY is always a showcase for Regency fashions. In 2017 the theme was mourning. And although black was the color of the weekend, fashion was still the high priority. From mourning jewelry, to a widows veil, all of the regency ladies and gentleman were extremely well dressed. Visitors learned of the customs and colors of mourning the passing of a loved one. The wealthier the lady the more visible the morning. Those not as close to the deceased (and the lower classes) might wear only a black arm band or a black hat band. But like all the festivals, visitors came from across the country to learn, to share their love of Austen and the period and most of all the fashions. It was a weekend of seminars and hands on learning and a chance to see and be seen.
Historic Locust Grove, Louisville, KY held it’s spring encampment for the Illinois Regiment. Saturday was for this event like so many in the area a soggy affair with a continuous all day rain. But although Sunday was cool visitors ventured out to visit with the re-enactors and let their children “Muster in with the Illinois Regiment.”
At left a demonstration of spinning and sheep by Ballyho Farm helped visitors understand the process of cloth making in the 18th century.
On April 13, over 80 people showed up at The Stratton Community Center in Shelbyville, KY to learn about the life of Jemima Boone. Daniel Boone’s oldest daughter was portrayed by Betsy Smith of the Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua Series.
Jemima was the daughter captured by Indians while at Fort Boonesborough.
She was also the daughter Daniel llived with in Missouri at the end of his days. The Painted Stone Settlers offer one free program in the spring in addition to their reenactment of The Long Run Massacre in the fall. It is the groups way of giving back to the community that has supported them since 1999.
Fort Boonesborough begins 2017 with The Fireside Chats
Daniel Boone was portrayed by Kentucky Chautauqua performer Kevin Hardesty on February 4, 2017. It was a full house at the first Fireside Chat for 2017. With Fort Boonesborough being named for Daniel Boone, he is always a good draw as people come to see Boone in this his “home environment”.
Suzanne Thompson has been portraying Mad Anne Bailey for over seven years.
In the 2nd weekend of this February series Mad Anne Bailey visited the fort. Portrayed by Suzanne Thompson, Mad Anne was an historic figure who was a scout on the frontier. She is known for having donned her husbands clothes after his death at the hands of Indians. She took to the trail and warned settlements, carried messages and was instrumental in riding for much needed gun powder while Clendenin’s Station was under attack.
Although many fireside chats have included a silent auction this year’s first event included a live auction of 18th century replica goods when auctioneer Mike Gooch dropped in for a visit.
The remaining two weeks saw Bart Cain (left) speaking on The Harpe Brothers - a pair known as the first serial killers on the American frontier.
And the final chat was perennial favorite Maggie Delaney, Indentured Servant giving visitors a glimpse into life as an Irish indenture living in the colonies. Maggie shines a new light on how many of our ancestors came to this country.
At Graphic Enterprises we have just concluded an almost year long process in a new area for us – book publishing. Last February, Joan Mayer of Winchester, Kentucky asked for our help in getting her book to market. Joan is a delightful 83 year old who lives in a fantastic renovated 1790s log cabin surrounded by family land that was first settled in the early 1800s. She first started her book five or six years ago, as a genealogy piece for her family. It grew to almost 500 pages of stories of the area, growing up in Kentucky and being an integral part (with her parents) of The Iroquois Hunt Club. We found it to be a fascinating read and suggested a larger market than just family.
We added photos, edited and formatted along with help from several folks, especially James D. Birchfield, Ph.D. The result is now available at Amazon.com.
We will be working in the new year on some book signings and getting the book into some local book stores, libraries and museum stores – but wanted to give readers and friends a chance to learn more about the book.