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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Pauline Beard will be hosting our Reading Group meeting on Sunday, September 14, at 1:00 pm. Debbie Eley and Margaret Christmann will lead us in a discussion of Mansfield Park: Secrets and Lies. Please RSVP to Pauline as soon as possible, and let her know if you will be bringing something for the table (see our Contacts page).
Also, we will be selecting discussion topics this month instead of in November. Please bring your ideas!
Don't forget that carpool rides are available, as detailed on our Carpooling page. Just let us know if you need a ride to the Reading Group.
~ Kim Higgins
Regional Coordinator of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Oregon/ SW Washington Region
You are all invited to attend our next Reading group meeting at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 13. We will meet at the home of our treasurer, Marva Wiebe, in Hillsboro.
Our discussion topic has changed, and this month we will discuss "The Business of Matchmaking," with discussion leaders Elaine Blatt and Stephanie Fleming. We will discuss the novel, The Three Weissmanns of Westport in November, led by Debbie Guyol.
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.