April 6, 2019 WRS and JASNA Puget Sound celebrated a ”Day at Pemberley“ with the Women’s University Club in downtown Seattle filling in for the Pemberley manse. The day was organized by Julie Buck around the idea of how Mr. Darcy might have entertained guests at Pemberley before his marriage to Elizabeth.
We started with a scholarly presentation: JASNA Traveling Lecturer Dr. Regulus Allen presented her lecture “From Hampshire to Hollywood: Teaching an Austen Fiction and Film Course” and discussed how film adaptations are helping keep Jane Austen accessible to a broader, more inclusive audience.
We followed that with a historical Magic Show from Master Payne, a highly respected professional magician who specializes in the history of magic.
Next was a presentation on historical Fencing, or how a Regency gentleman defended himself by Cecil Longino and students from the Salle Saint-Georges Traditional School for the Fencing Arts.
We withdrew (to the drawing room!) where we had light refreshments then witnessed a Regency fashion show presented by the Washington Regency Society.
We then went through to the beautiful dining room for our ball supper.
We finished the night in the ballroom for English country dancing led by dance caller (and JASNA member) Charlene Kern and a trio of live musicians.
Rousing games of Whist, Speculation and Piquet were played!
Whew a long fun day!
Most of these photos were provided by Robin Federico and we thank him for the way he captured the day!