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


Tea With Mr Darcy

What could be better for a Jane Austen aficionado than tea with Mr. Darcy? Absolutely nothing! JASNA Calgary guests and members gathered at Sunalta Community Centre on January 17 to find Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy waiting to greet them. The celebrities allowed a personal portrait, complete with a selection of fashionable hats. Guests were then invited to purchase raffle tickets and peruse the final plans for the first formal dinner given at Pemberley after the Darcy marriage. Once all guests were assembled, they were invited to partake of various delights including miniature scones, an assortment of cheeses, pickled cucumbers and onions, Leslie's decadent bread pudding, and steaming cups of fragrant tea. Scattered amongst lively conversation, were readings by Sir Walter Scott, Samuel Johnson, and Jane Austen at fifteen on the History of England.

After tea, Sprigged Muslin delighted all in attendance with their dancing, which is of course, "one of the first refinements of polished societies." They demonstrated the intricacies of Mutual Love, Mr. Beveridge's Maggot, The Alderman's Hat, and the Durham Reel. Interested participants were then invited to join in and learn the Reel. There were a pleasing number of couples allowing for three full sets on the dance floor.

The tea ended all too quickly, and we must all wait another year for the most excellent celebration. Many thanks to all who helped make this day possible.

Regency Ball in Calgary

This spring, Jane Austen fans can look forward to the Regency Costume Ball in Calgary, on May 16 at the Palliser. Guests will be dancing Indian Queen, Zephyrs and Flora, and Haymakers, Mr. Beveridge's Maggot, The Spaniard and The Duke of Kent's Waltz. Tickets for lessons and the Ball can be purchased now. The winter event in Edmonton sold out!

Fun in Jane Austen's England

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 February 9

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Tea with Mr Darcy
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