I had a blast at my first AGM! It was four days of bliss, I mean what could be better than spending a long weekend with Jane Austen and friends! Let me tell you some of the highlights.
The first day was more than I thought it was going to be. I was there much earlier than expected and was able to attend "The Mysterious Death of Jane Austen" given by Lindsay Ashford the author of a book with the same title. It was fascinating! She gave a brief description of her background as a crime writer and how she came to live at Chawton and what led her to start investigating Jane's death. The book she has written is a fictional account of JA's death.
The next class "Managing Muslins" was not what I had hoped. There was a brief description about fabric but mostly on how to find things at thrift stores and making them work. She also touched on hats and accessories. I would have like to learn more about the fabric themselves and had swatches to look at. It was still a good session and I did learn a few things.
Here is a picture of the speaker's children modeling their regency attire.
I took an English Country Dance class, that was so much fun! I did better than I thought I would for the first three dances. The fourth dance I was totally confused, so I sat out the last!
The lectures by Dr. Joan Ray and Andrew Davies were fantastic! Andrew Davies brought video clips from his movies and discussed them.
Isn't this picture of the stitching on this cravat beautiful? It is all hand stitched.
This was in the "Gentlemanly Pursuits" session, where I learn a little bit about snuff, tying a cravat and firearms.
One of my favorite sessions was "Ports of the Period." Susan Mason-Milks and I went to this together. We sampled a couple of different ports. Let me tell you they tasted smooth! It is something I'll be drinking again. This was a fun session and all the women and gentlemen in the room seemed to have a good time...there was a lot of hooping and hollering going on!
At the banquet I sat with these lovely ladies. Dinner and conversation was good!
Look at this dessert!
During "how to talk like Mrs. Palmer" these two young ladies demonstrated how girls can exaggerate speech. They did a great job! They weren't even part of the lecture! The speaker, Pat Michaelson, ask if anyone would like to come up and give a demonstration. They volunteered, unrehearsed and playacted, they sounded like two birds fluttering about. Ms. Michaelson talked about exaggerated speech, using too many words like amazingly, horridly, monstrously, vastly, and the overuse of exclamation points. It totally reminded me of how I write on twitter!!!
I went to a book launch and two book signings. I brought a stack of books home with me!
I spent sometime with some wonderful women!
All around I had a fantastic time! I hope to do it again! It was the perfect weekend!
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