Jane Austen Picnic

A very late post about the Jane Austen Picnic we held in Armidale last October. It was a first event to bring together people interested in costuming in the region, and there was a fair amount of interest on Facebook, but unfortunately the weather was cool and threatening rain that weekend. However, about 35 keen souls ventured to Central Park despite the clouds, and we did have a good time!

We were delighted that my friend Fiona, an accomplished musician, brought two of her musical friends to entertain us with music while we enjoyed our picnic lunch.

The rain held off long enough for us to enjoy a short promenade around the park and a picnic lunch. As the first rain drops fell, we retreated to a nearby community room where we engaged in tea duelling ā€“ directed by our Steampunk friends, Kat and Pete ā€“ and dancing.

All in all, a lovely day despite the weather, a chance to spend time with old friends and new ones, and a perfect way for me to celebrate my birthday eve! It was especially lovely for me that Lauren and Jeremy made the long journey for the weekend.

Three ladies in Jane Austen and Victorian costume chatting in a park.

Exchanging the latest ‘on dits’

Group of ladies and a few gents in Regency costumes promenading in a park.

A promenade in the park

Rear view of a group of people in costume promenading in a park.

Following the graceful promenade in the park.

A group of people in historical and steam punk costume on the steps of a rotunda in a park.

The group portrait in the Victorian Rotunda

A close-up of a woman in a white Regency dress playing a harp

Lissa, one of the musicians who generously came along and entertained us with beautiful music.

people in costume eating at an elegantly-set picnic table in a park

Our elegant picnic table

Kat and Pete in Steampunk costume directing Angie and Richard in Regency costume in tea duelling at an elegantly set table

The serious art of Tea Duelling

A group of eight people in Regency costume dancing inside

Dancing in our wet-weather venue

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