Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Jane Austen Evening 2009

The Jane Austen Evening this year was on January 17th. Although it was quite different from last year, in the sense that we had a much smaller group in attendance for our party, it was still a lot of fun.
We arrived a few minutes late but got right into the dances (after a couple of trips back to the car for forgotten items - like batteries for the camera).

About 1/2 hour after we arrived, and after 2 trecks back to the car, we were walking back from the car for the third time and my husband's shoe fell apart! The soul was detaching from the rest of the shoe as, we then discovered, it had only been originally attached with glue.

After much debate between ourselves as to what to do, with GPS in hand, we borrowed my sister's car and headed out towards WalMart with the intention of "borrowing" a hammer with which to apply a nail.

After being led to a WalMart that is still being built, our trustly GPS led us to a different one only a few miles from it. I'm sure we got lots of looks as we strode inside adorning our period-wear, but that's when you just don't care.

I went straight for the shoe department to see if there were any kits available while Jeremiah went to the hardware department. The shoe repair kits needed a minimum of 24 hours after applying the glue before you were supposed to use the shoe...that just wouldn't do.

I joined Jeremiah where he was looking at some Super Glue. We found the cheapest pack they had (4 tubes for $1!) and opened it right then and there (there was no point in leaving until we found our solution).

I applied the glue liberally, and it started to ooz over the side of the shoe. Jeremiah quickly put the shoe on the ground and placed his foot inside to apply pressure. After a minute or so he tried lifting his foot but it was sticking to the ground! Luckily, with a little wiggling, we manage to get his shoe unattached from the WalMart floor but there is now some of this shoe residue permanently attached. :)

The glue seemed to do the trick! We quickly paid for the glue and made our way make to the dance hall so we could enjoy the rest of the evening dancing. And we did! The last 1 1/2 hours went by so quickly but we really had a lot of fun.

One of the positives about Jeremiah's shoe falling apart was that we could actually take the time to enjoy watching others dance and to take pictures of everyone dancing. That was something we missed out on last year as we were dancing almost every dance and that made picture-taking difficult.

So enjoy the pictures below from the Evening and enjoy the short video of my sister and me dancing the famous dance that Mr. Darcy and Lizzy danced for the first time in Pride & Prejudice, Mr. Beveridge's Maggot.


Jennifer said...

You did very well considering Mr Beveridge's Maggot is an advanced dance.

Tanya said...

How lovely!! Just found your blog and adore Jane Austen so much - I design patterns inspired by her novels, samplers in style.


Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.