Many guests came in costume to meet "Jane" and to wish her well. Jane Austen was radiant in green silk (see left), and charmed all those who came into contact with her. Also in attendance were several characters from her novels. I must say, Lady Catherine De Bourgh was much nicer that I ever expected her to be, and Emma Woodhouse just as charming as I would have expected. Sadly, Lydia hasn't changed a bit, but was looking well, despite her lack of income. I must admit, however, that her skirt was scandalously short, and her neckline much lower than is considered proper.
After dancing, we invited all present to join together in a song to commemorate Jane's birthday, and afterward enjoyed a sumptuous birthday dessert of ginger cake topped with fresh cream.
~ Kim Higgins, Regional Coordinator