June 12 marked the beginning of the second annual Jane Austen Film Festival at Georgetown’s historic Dumbarton House.
The Jane Austen film series is sponsored by Long & Foster, exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Thanks to its support, admission to any of the film showings at the film festival is absolutely free.
Jane Austen and Dumbarton House are a perfectly historical fit. While Dumbarton is circa 1800s American history, it greatly suits the style of Jane Austen, circa 1800s England.
Each film on the summer is held on the lawn of the North Garden at Dumbarton House. The film starts at sunset and is accompanied by concessions from local restaurants. At the opening night showing of “Becoming Jane,” guests of Dumbarton House sipped white wine and champagne from Tradewinds Specialty Imports and dined on crêpes from Café Bonaparte and lobster-shrimp rolls from Luke’s Lobster on laid out blankets.
“Mansfield Park” will be shown on the lawn for the second night of the film series on Wednesday, July 10. Returning for the second year of the film series will be one of Jane Austen’s most well-known stories, “Pride & Prejudice” on August 7.