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!
From the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of JASNA, Jane Austen Day 2014 events will take place April 26, 2014. This year's day-long event entitled The Unfinished Jane Austen will be a fascinating exploration of Austen's two unfinished novels, The Watsons and Sanditon, and a provocative discussion of what Austen might have accomplished if she had lived a longer life. There will be a panel of Austen scholars joining the region for Jane Austen Day. Presentations by Professors Jocelyn Harris, Janine Barchas and Michael Gamer will be the highlights of the event.
Jane Austen Day will be held in the exquisite Grant Room at Philadelphia’s historic Union League and include complimentary morning tea and coffee, a delicious luncheon, selected merchants including a bookseller, and an abundance of good discussion and fellowship. More details, including the schedule of events and registration form, are available on the Eastern Pennsylvania Region's website at http://jasnaeastpa.org/jaday.html.
The JASNA renewal letters have been recently sent out, and there is an option to include a donation to the Chawton House Museum. All donations received from August 1 through December 16 will go toward the campaign to raise funds needed to purchase a gold and turquoise ring that once belonged to Jane Austen.
The 2013 AGM's theme celebrates 200 years of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice . . . Timeless. The event will take place in Minneapolis, September 27-29, 2013. For more info, check out the AGM website here at http://www.jasna.org/agms/minneapolis/index.html.
Registration will begin at the end of May, and if you're signed up to receive JASNA emails, you will be sent another announcement at that time. You will be able to register online or by post.
Even though AGM registration has not yet begun, the conference hotel is accepting room reservations now. You may either call the Hilton Minneapolis or register online using a special reservation web page set up for JASNA. A link to the reservation site is posted on the AGM Hotel webpage at http://www.jasna.org/agms/minneapolis/hotel.html.
There is also a special email address just for 2013 AGM questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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JASNA's 2013 Essay Contest is now under way, for high school, college, and graduate school students to submit short essays. The topic this year is inspired by the theme of the upcoming AGM, "Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice . . . Timeless." For more information, including eligibility, prizes, and FAQs, please visit the JASNA Essay Contest page at http://jasna.org/essaycontest/index.html.