Big thanks to the COLLEGE OF WOOSTER, Niklas and Yvonne Manz, Fourpence, the Madrigal Dancers, and everybody else who made our first Jane Austen Ball in Wooster such a wonderful experience. We hope to include everybody next year!
Thanks to Katy German of CDSS, to Laura Grimm, Mady Noble, Brian Smedley, Pocketful o' Gimmick, and all the volunteers who made the Lifetime Contribution Celebration so special for Bill Alkire. And of course thanks to Bill for being Bill!
Saturday, Feb. 24
Workshops 2-5 p.m., Grand Ball 7-10 p.m.
College of Wooster
Kittredge Hall, 600 East Wayne Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691
Want to learn more? Click here to read "What You Need to Know" about English Country Dance.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2-5 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County
3186 Burbank Rd., Wooster OH 44691
Free and open-to-the-public
In addition to Bill's Lifetime Award, I'm excited to announce the 2018 Jane Austen Ball to be held at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 24: Workshops 2-5 p.m. and Grand Ball 7-10 p.m. What to wear? How to dance? What would Jane Austen have done? To explore these questions, we are offering a variety of activities here in Wooster.
1. Take a Class at Wayne Center for the Arts
Come learn English country dances from around 1800 that might have been danced by Jane Austen. No partner or experience necessary--we will change partners.
Class meets 6 Mondays, January 22 – February 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For ages 8 through adult, instruction by Susan English
Click here for cost, location, and registration.
2. Attend a Presentation at the Historical Society
"The Jane Austen/Regency Look"
a presentation by Susan Heady
Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m.
$5 adults, students free
Come see what period gowns, hair, and accessories a woman would have worn to a Ball in the early 1800’s. Menswear will also be discussed and the correct behaviors of the time described. Learn also how to get the look without spending a fortune, for women and men. Free gift and handouts to attendees.
3. Make a Costume
From the Thrift Store to the Jane Austen Ball:
Creative Workshops with Cherrill Wertz
Saturday, January 27 and February 3, 1-5 p.m.
Bring your sewing machine (some will be available) and dress to be altered and trimmed; or materials, pattern, and supplies to make a woman’s gown or man’s vest and cravat.
$5 per workshop (students free); individual appointments also possible
For questions and reservations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-465-1364
Location: NAMI/MOCA Activities Room, 2525 Back Orrville Rd. Wooster, Ohio 44691
4. Attend an English Country Dance
Saturday, January 27, 7-9 p.m.
Music by Fourpence
Instruction and prompting by Susan English
Location: Valley College Grange
2411 Shreve Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 (routes 226 & 3)
No partner necessary – we will change partners
Comfortable clothing and clean shoes please
Suggested donation $6; students $5; family $20
More information: email@example.com 330-347-8155
5. Attend Newcomer Orientation
Saturday, February 24, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Dance workshop with Susan English
Location: Kittredge Hall, College of Wooster
Learn the basic formations, figures, and styling you will need to enjoy your evening at the Jane Austen Ball. No partner required -- we will change partners.