~ Margaret Christmann, Regional Coordinator
Our first meeting of the year will be held at Alexandra Guerra's house on Sunday January 10, 2016. The topic will be the Pleasures and Dangers of Bath, presented by Margaret Harshbarger. Hope to see you there!
~ Margaret Christmann, Regional Coordinator
Our November meeting will be held on Sunday, November 8, at 1:00 pm at the Hillsboro Main Library. Please R.S.V.P. to host Marva and let her know if you can bring a treat. Contact us if you need to get in touch with the host.
The reading group theme for November 8 will be "Jane Austen’s Comments to Women," and we will also be selecting themes for the 2016 reading group meetings.
For a lovely array of photos from our 2015 event, "Undressing Mr. Darcy," please visit our Facebook page and photo album of the event!
Don't forget to register for the JASNA spring program on Saturday, April 18th! Come join us as we "Undress Mr. Darcy" and learn about Regency fashion. RSVP with our Regional Coordinator Kim Higgins, who is the registrar for this program; email her at the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
More details can be found on our 2015 Events page. Carpooling info can be found on our Carpooling page.
We hope to see you there!
Here you will find your invitation to our 2015 Program event, "Undressing Mr. Darcy." The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. at the Holy Names Heritage Center in Lake Oswego. Reservations are required for this event, at $15 per person. Please email our Regional Coordinator, Kim Higgins, with your reservation at the email@example.com email address.
We will also be having a tag sale at the event this year! All proceeds will go to the Tribute Grant fund. Please bring any items ("Austenesque" or representing the U.K. in some way, plus any books you might want to donate) directly to the event. You will place your item(s) on the table marked with the price you deem appropriate.
See below for the public version of the event's flyer. Information for this event can also be found on our 2015 Events page.
Please enjoy the slideshow photo gallery below from our recent December event and birthday celebration for Jane Austen. We had a full house for the presentation and enjoyed wonderful table decorations and scrumptious potluck lunch!
If you would like to contribute more photos -- or captions! -- please contact Jennifer Snoek-Brown, the region's web manager, directly.
Elaine and Stephanie are working on the discussion for January’s meeting discussion theme, which is "The First Janeites, Why & How They Read. There is so much interesting material on Janeites and Jane Austen’s books in wartime, they would like you to get a head start in preparation for the meeting!
If you can find the time before the meeting on January 11th, they would like you to read this short story by Rudyard Kipling called "The Janeites,” published in several magazines in 1924. One of those magazines was The Story-Teller, and the cover featuring "The Janeites" story is pictured at right. The tagline reads, "The first story Rudyard Kipling has written for five years, 'The Janeites', complete within."
The story is about a “secret society” of Janeites in World War I. The story is short and will not take a lot of time to read. Enjoy!
The full text of the short story "The Janeites" is online here: http://www.telelib.com/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/prose/DebtsandCredits/janeites.html
Here are some additional notes on The Janeites (very helpful!): http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/soldiers_fra.htm
Last Sunday, Arnie Perlstein, J.D., JASNA AGM speaker and past Miami regional coordinator, presented a spirited talk on “The Five Other Shakespeare Plays Hiding (In Plain Sight) in Mansfield Park.” He has newly moved to Portland and joined our local region, and he received a warm welcome from the JASNA Oregon & SW Washington members who attended the December event to celebrate Jane Austen's birthday.
Arnie also writes regularly about Jane Austen's "Shadow Stories" on his blog, Sharp Elves Society, at
http://sharpelvessociety.blogspot.com/, and his Twitter page at https://twitter.com/JaneAustenCode (@JaneAustenCode). His personal email address is also provided on his blog profile.
Arnie would love to hear from any members who have follow-up questions, comments, corrections, etc. If there is enough interest (meaning, say, 4-5 people) who are interested in gathering informally at a Starbucks or the like on a periodic basis (monthly or every other month) to toss around Jane Austen's shadow stories with him, he would be very happy to take the lead on that, as long as it never conflicts with any of the chapters scheduled book group meetings or special events, which must come first. Please get in touch with Arnie directly if you are interested.
More photos! Please enjoy the slideshow photo gallery below from the JASNA AGM in Montreal. Over a dozen members from the ORSWWA region were able to attend the JASNA AGM in Montreal, and they had a great time!
You can read more about the AGM in Montreal here at http://www.jasna.org/agms/montreal/index.html.
If you would like to contribute more photos, please contact Jennifer Snoek-Brown, the region's web manager, directly.
Welcome to the web site of the Oregon & SW Washington Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). We are a friendly and active group dedicated to the appreciation of Jane Austen's life and works.