Women for Harding will host The Jane Austen Experience in conjunction with its national board meeting Friday, April 13. In addition to a Jane Austen-inspired tea, the afternoon’s and evening’s events include keynote speaker Dr. Stephanie Eddleman, associate professor of English and a Jane Austen scholar. More afternoon presentations feature the timeless influence of Jane Austen in food, note writing and gardening. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costumes for a dinner with Mr. Darcy followed by Harding Arts and Life presentation of “Wardrobes and Rings,” a visit between aging, legendary authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
Eddleman, who has published numerous articles for the Jane Austen Society of North America, will open An Afternoon of Enlightenment, which includes pop-up shop vendors at the Meryton Market. Following the presentations, a tour of the First Ladies Garden will be available. Tickets start at $25, and a VIP Jane Austen package is $99.
Friday, April 13
David B. Burks American Heritage Conference Center
11:30 a.m. A Jane Austen-inspired tea - Founders Room
An Afternoon of Enlightenment
1:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Dr. Stephanie Eddleman
2:15 p.m. The joy of baking: Kaytlin Robinson, Joyful Macarons
2:45 p.m. The art of note writing: Hannah Owens of HanWritten
3:15 p.m. The love of flowers and First Ladies Garden tour- Liz Howell
Visit the Meryton vendor market in front of Cone Chapel
Pride and Prejudice Parlor in the Bride’s Room
5:30-7 p.m. Dinner with Mr. Darcy, Founders Room (Period attire optional)
7 p.m. Arts & Life Series: “Wardrobes & Rings”: Lewis & Tolkien theatrical presentation, Administration Auditorium
$25: A Jane Austen-inspired tea, 11:30 a.m.
$60: An afternoon of enlightenment (including favors), 1:30 p.m.
$35: Dinner with Mr. Darcy, 5:30 p.m.
*Best Value* $99 The VIP Jane Austen Experience includes the Jane Austen-inspired tea, afternoon of enlightenment and dinner with Mr. Darcy, Arts & Life Series: “Wardrobes & Rings”: Lewis & Tolkien theatrical presentation,and includes two tickets to the ASI Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Laura Bush on April 16.
Order your tickets at hardingtickets.com or by calling 501-279-4276.