The Governor’s House in Hyde Park hosts a Jane Austen weekend retreat Aug. 9 to 11 at the historic mansion at 100 Main St. Each guest will choose to be a character from any one of Austen’s novels. Period dress is optional, but guests will interact in character throughout the weekend. Activities depend somewhat on the weather and participant interest, but may include a Regency dinner party, an evening of games, letter writing, fencing, English Country dancing, crewel embroidery, tatting, rolled paper decoration, a game of croquet, a very long walk, riding (side-saddle and astride), carriage driving, archery, playing whist, and a picnic with or without Colonel Brandon. Now’s your chance to be Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Elliot, Mr. Knightly, or even Lady Catherine — but only one of each character may sign up to enjoy the “company of clever well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.” Full weekend packages are available, or attend individual events including afternoon tea, book discussions, dinner and dancing, or a Jane Austen quiz over Sunday brunch. More information: onehundredmain.com.