Upcoming Meeting - March 15
Two favourite speakers will enlighten us about things we take for granted.
- Catherine will discuss how changes in the Church of England moved Jane Austen to a deeper faith.
- Ann will talk about the delights of tea.
Jane Austen at Calgary Public Library
This spring fans can attend two different programs about Jane Austen at the
Calgary Public Library.
These have been developed based on presentations at JASNA Calgary.
Judith Umbach presents "Seeking Jane Austen".
Carole Marion presents "The Oxford Experience: In Search of Jane Austen's World" on Thursday April 3 at Fish Creek, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
- Thursday April 3 at Country Hills, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday April 9 at Crowfoot, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday April 10 at Memorial Park, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
More details and registration are available on the Library's
Birthday Tea - January 18
The JASNA Calgary Jane Austen Tea of 2014 was both a culinary and literary feast. The tea, which was to celebrate what would be Jane Austen's 239th birthday, took place on January 18 at the Sunalta Community Centre. The hall was set with tables filled with "doyleys", china tea cups, paper fortune tellers, sandwiches, jelly and scones. The welcome table boasted a plethora of Jane Austen-themed door prizes, and a "Pleasant Diversion" acrostic puzzle beckoned from the wall.
This year, we were treated to live music by a string quartet from the Calgary Multicultural Orchestra. If there is a better way to set the scene of any Jane Austen event, what could it be?
For light readings, Amber selected literature mentioned in Austen's books and letters. Elizabeth Marshall read from Arabella by Rev. George Crabbe, whom Austen once fancied she might marry. The poem tells the story of Arabella, the only daughter of a town doctor and may have inspired parts of Pride and Prejudice and Emma. Judith Umbach recited "The Hare and Many Friends" which is mentioned in Northanger Abbey. Bob Scace orated "Highland Mary" by Robert Burns. Ann Craig delivered "The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk" by William Cowper. Finally Catherine Gardner read from Ann Radcliffe's gothic tale The Mysteries of Udolpho, which is frequently referred to in Northanger Abbey.
An array of generously donated door prizes were awarded to happy tea drinkers.
Between readings, we were treated to a variety of sandwiches, scones and tea.
After a toast to Jane, we finished by indulging with a proper birthday cake. After tea, healthful dance instruction was offered by the Sprigged Muslin dance group, when a good number of those present learned two Regency dances with some success! After such an enjoyable afternoon, one is only left asking, how much longer until we do it all again?
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 2014 March 10
March 15 meeting announced on Invitations page
New books in our library on Reading page
Calgary Public Library program details on Invitations page
Or email JASNA Calgary