Our Reading Group will meet on November 2nd (note the date change!) at 1:00 pm. And don't forget that the time changes and we "fall back" at 2 am on Sunday, November 2nd, the day of the meeting!).
We have an east side location this month, at member Stephanie Vardavas's house. If you have any donations for the raffle basket in December, bring them to this meeting. Joanne Graham will be collecting the donations and putting together a charming basket!
Deb Guyol will lead the discussion about The Three Weissmanns of Westport: A Novel, by Catherine Shine. Deb sends us the following to ponder and discuss.
Sense and Sensibility and The Three Weissmanns of Westport -- subjects to ponder and discuss:
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.
The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Puget Sound Region held a Gala event on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the Women's University Club of Seattle. Below are photos, as well as a write-up, from one of regional members, Elizabeth Moscoso, who attended the Gala event.
I had the chance to drive up to Seattle over the weekend to attend their gala on Sunday, June 22 (previous post here). It was a lovely sunny day in Seattle, and the venue was absolutely picturesque and wonderful. Plenty of gentlemen and ladies donned their best Regency outfits for the day and were very much admired. The lunch was three courses and tasty. Each table had a “Mary Bennett” to be the judge of a crossword puzzle/ trivia game that was played. The lucky winner got a set of Jane Austen note cards! The speaker was Iris Lutz, and we gave us a little “tour” of house, cottages, manors and estates in England that Jane knew, lived in and was inspired by for her novels. We all agreed: we should do this again soon. I have attached some pictures for your enjoyment!
Our Regional Coordinator, Kim Higgins, recently received the following news and wanted to make it known to our members. Please note that it is not a JASNA-sanctioned tour, but it does have local connections (the shop is in Newport), so we are passing this information on as it might be of interest to our regional members.
Bridie's Irish Faire, an Irish shop in Newport, Oregon, is organizing a "women only" tour this year to England entitled "Writers & Royals" (Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, and Tudor England - the London leg of the trip). The trip dates are September 25 - October 8, 2014. There are currently 12 women traveling in September, and there are 8 slots still available. The deadline to register is July 31.
You can read more about the tour itinerary and registration information online here at http://www.bridiesirishfaire.com/mysitecaddy/site3/writers_royals-england2014.htm.
Here is information about an upcoming seminar in Portland about Jane Austen, a seminar led by our own Pauline Beard! Please contact the program directly if interested. Please note that this is not a JASNA-sponsored event.
Delve is a conversation-based Readers Seminars series, a program of Literary Arts, wherein participants discuss challenging works of literature with a local scholar. You can find out more about the Delve Readers Seminars here at http://www.literary-arts.org/what-we-do/delve-home/ .
One of the upcoming seminars in early 2015 includes the major novels of Jane Austen. The full seminar description is online here at http://www.literary-arts.org/event/novels-jane-austen-delve-seminar/ , and the seminar guide and local scholar is Pauline Beard.
You are invited to join the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Puget Sound Region in a Gala event. On Sunday, June 22, 2014, we will be gathering in the historic Women’s University Club, a beautiful building reminiscent of an 18th century salon. There will be an elegant luncheon, a presentation on the homes of the Regency, quizzes and prizes. Iris Lutz, current president of JASNA, will speak on ‛...in proportion to their family and income’: Houses in Jane Austen’s Life and Fiction.”
The reservation deadline is June 16, 2014.
Date: Sunday June 22nd
Place: Women’s University Club of Seattle
More details, including how to reserve your spot for the gala, are in the document below.
Our delightful spring event was attended by 45 members and friends. They entered a beautiful room, which had been transformed into a spring garden, complete with potted herbs as centerpieces. After a sumptuous pot luck meal and lots of conversation, the attendees made their way into an adjoining room to hear a presentation by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, a professor of literature at Linfield College. He spoke about Jane Austen as the prose Shakespeare. He was dynamic, humorous, and very interesting-truly one of the best speakers we have ever had. The raffle basket winner’s name was drawn and the guests left with light hearts and much to think about.
If you have more photos from this or other events -- or to add to or correct a photo's caption -- please contact Web Manager Jennifer Snoek-Brown directly.
Exciting news! Everything is set for our annual Spring luncheon event, and you can now RSVP for what promises to be a most charming and entertaining day.
The event will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Holy Names Heritage Center in Lake Oswego.
The discussion topic will be "Jane Austen -- the Prose Shakespeare," presented by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Professor of Literature at Linfield College.
See the poster below for more details and how to RSVP for the event.