Happy Birthday, Jane! (at the Sacramento Library)

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English country dancing is a lot more strenuous than you’d think, as Admin R and I found out this past Sunday.

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Here we are attending the Jane Austen Birthday Tea at the Sacramento Public Library. The event started with tea, consisting of delicious sandwiches, scones and other goodies, sending me into a blissful state of warmth and fullness as only a high tea can do. Since we were surrounded by Janeites, awesome Regency attire and Austen-swag, I felt almost like we were in our own Austen-esque film.

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We took a quick trip to Pemberley and then settled in for a talk about Jane Fairfax by Dr. Alessa Johns. After a quick break, and a close of the silent auction, we were treated to lessons on English Country Dance by Kalia Kliban, with Quite Carried Away playing some fantastic music.

Admin R and I danced multiple rounds together, getting parched and warm in the process. We even managed to insert a little modern movement into the traditional jibs.

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Next year we are totally going in Regency attire, though I bet it’ll be even harder to dance away the afternoon under all the layers.

-Admin B

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