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We are all hastening together to perfect felicity. (Narrator, Northanger Abbey)


Next Meeting

NOTE: Special date May 9

May 9 - Out of Doors

  • Shannon Campbell: Meet the Beast that made Britain Strong
    The role of sheep up to Jane's time from the perspective of a gentleman farmer such as the Reverend George Austen

  • Not the Leg-Warmer Jane: Physical Fitness in the Novels of Jane Austen
    Dr. Leah Branneh, University of Sasketchewan

Recent Meeting - March 21

At Home with Jane Austen

On March 21, a blizzard near Edmonton kept our speaker, Shannon, close to her home; meanwhile, we made our own entertainment. Members of the Jane Austen Society of Calgary gathered to quiz, hear the latest news in Jane Austen themed books and learn how to design their own Jane Austen Costume.

Judith began with a brief overview of the newest additions to the JASNA Calgary library. Emma by Alexander McCall Smith is a modern retelling of Emma, with an expanded view of Mr. Woodhouse's history. Charlie Lovett's book, First Impressions, focuses on a modern character uncovering a mystery behind Jane Austens book, Pride and Prejudice. Continuing with the theme of new books, Samantha Adkins read a chapter from her latest book, Banff Springs Abbey. Banff Springs Abbey is a modern retelling of Northanger Abbey, set in Strathmore and Banff, Alberta. This is her third book in the Jane Austen-themed genre.

Elizabeth then challenged members with a quiz on various Austen categories. Three teams competed to answer questions on Austen Biography, Books to Film and Whose Line is It Anyway? Many thanks to Elizabeth for her well-researched questions.

After tea and refreshments, Michelle extended an invitation to Calgary members to attend a Regency Ball May 16 at the Palliser Hotel. The Ball will feature the Zephyrs & Flora, Haymaker and Indian Queen dances. Tickets may be purchased online or by contacting Michelle. Gowns may be rented through Tara, who organizes the Ball.
Leslie then shared her presentation on Designing Your Own Jane Austen Costume. There are several costume options for the Regency Period including the puffy Robe a la Polonaise which was popular in the 1770s, but still worn by older women in the 1800s. A lighter chemise gown became popular in the 1780s, followed by the plain white muslin which women wore in the hopes of appearing like a Greek statue come to life. In 1798, the Round Gown came into fashion, which was a warmer reprieve from the chill of shear muslin. Hair was worn short and curly in the front, while the rest of the hair was twisted into a bun and the covered by a bonnet when out of doors. By 1810, more colour, embellishments, ruffles and puffy sleeves became popular. Leslie provided several excellent online resources for patterns or completed dresses and recommended Fabricland, Apni Hatti and Fabric Depot in Calgary for fabric.

Regency Encounters invites Calgary Jane Austen fans to have a ball!

On May 16, 2015, at the Palliser Hotel, the group Regency Encounters is hosting a Regency costume ball, open to all who wish to be transported back to Jane Austen's England. There will be dancing, live music, refreshments based on period recipes, and card games played with reproduction playing cards and coins. Dinner, beginning at 6 pm, is optional. For those wishing to dance, lessons are offered in April and May. Full details are now available.

Fun in Jane Austen's England

If you are visiting England this summer, consider attending the Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society annual summer school.

For those who will be in England in October, two special events are planned on the weekend of 2015 October 16 - 19.

  • Jaunt With Jane
    Events will help participants appreciate why Jane Austen liked the Lyme Regis seaside resort. Relive Persuasion while dreaming of Anne Elliot's encounter with Captain Wentworth.
  • Jane Austen Weekend
    This will be a full weekend of activities and exploration, in the company of like minded individuals, visiting the most significant places in Hampshire which formed an intrinsic part of Jane's life and times.

Inspiration to Travel

Novelist, Charlie Lovett recounts his idyllic visit to Steventon and Chawton in the New York Times article, Seeking Inspiration in Jane Austen's World". Lovett is the author of a new novel and tribute to Jane Austen, First Impressions.

Regular Meetings

JasnaCalgary is a region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. We are all interested in everything Jane, from love of her novels to scholarly pursuits. Five times a year we meet to enjoy talks, workshops, teas, and galas. Attend a meeting and if you have fun, join in! Membership is $15.00 annually to cover our tea and cakes and other expenses.

Only a few special events require pre-paid tickets, such as the annual Tea celebrating Jane Austen's birthday and our bi-annual Gala.

On the Family page, members can access additional information with a password.

Site last updated on 2015 April 29

Next meeting date is May 9
New Library books introduced on Reading page
Celebration of our March meeting

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