Although Jane Austen's birthday is on December 16, we now celebrate in January,
when we all appreciate a party.
On a beautiful sunny day, Calgary JASNA members gathered together for "Tea on the High Seas" in celebration of Jane's birthday and the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Persuasion.
The afternoon was filled with delicious food, games, raffles, and lots of laughter.
On a beautiful sunny day, Calgary JASNA members gathered together for "Tea on the High Seas" in celebration of Jane's birthday and the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Persuasion. The afternoon was filled with delicious food, games, raffles, and lots of laughter.
A correct answer put the wind in the sails of the boat on the game board and would move that table's boat forward by one space.
|The tea kicked off with some kind words from Carole thanking all who had contributed to the tea. Anne Marie announced that she would be organizing the Calgary viewing of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which JASNA members had been invited to attend. Judith discussed additions to the library and announced that May Lee would be taking over the library. Thank you Judith for all of your years of work with the library, and good luck to May Lee!!|
|We were then invited to enjoy the delicious food brought by Ann and Carole. This year, as a change of pace, two buffet lines were set up and each table was asked to send a representative from their table up to the food tables to collect the trays sandwiches and scones and the tea pots. This meant that all were able to enjoy the tea from beginning to end. The room was filled with laughter and happy conversation while we all enjoyed our tea.|
|Following tea, the group was treated to the first half of the raffle draws. Thank you to all who contributed prizes for the raffles. It was wonderful that so many were able to take home a prize. Next was the toast to Jane Austen. Happy birthday to the woman who has brought us all together with her style and wit!|
The next activity was a game which Michelle cleverly titled "A Truth Universally Acknowledged". The game had members selected at random come to the front to read several lines about Jane Austen from five different historical figures, and the rest of the audience was asked to guess which lines were an actual quote from the historical figure. The audience proved too clever for the game and in the end there was a six-way tie! A draw was made to select two tables to take home prizes of tempting homemade chocolate fudge made by Lindsey. |
|After the game, we enjoyed some delicious birthday cake and then were treated to a fantastic performance by Sprigged Muslin. It was incredible to see all of the steps and intricacies of the dances. Well done Sprigged Muslin! Finally, all were asked to stand up and participate in a group dance and nearly everyone took part. Things started off not too badly but on a second try, the dance rapidly deteriorated and by the time the dance was finished nearly all of the participants were bunched up and at various stages of the dance, all in fits of laughter. It was so much fun!|
After the game, we enjoyed some delicious birthday cake and then were treated to a fantastic performance by Sprigged Muslin. It was incredible to see all of the steps and intricacies of the dances. Well done Sprigged Muslin! Finally, all were asked to stand up and participate in a group dance and nearly everyone took part. Things started off not too badly but on a second try, the dance rapidly deteriorated and by the time the dance was finished nearly all of the participants were bunched up and at various stages of the dance, all in fits of laughter. It was so much fun!
It was a wonderful afternoon enjoyed by all. All the guests can be seen on the Photos page. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the tea this year, with a special thank you to Ann and Carole for all of their efforts.
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.
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.
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.
|China cups, ribbons and fresh flowers adorned the elegantly laid tables at the annual JASNA Calgary tea on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Once again, the committee put on a lovely affair with scintillating talks, an Austen-filled raffle, and Regency dancing. Congratulations to Amber, Ann, Penny and Leslie!|
|Before tea, Judith guided us through an online walking tour of Jane's Bath. She began at the Austen home from 1801 - 1805 at #4 Sydney Place. Judith included pictures of her own tour taken in 2008 to accompany the version available on Google maps. The tour then continued through Henrietta Park, across Cleveland Bridge, past St. Swithin's Church where the Rev. George Austen is buried, through the Assembly rooms, the Circus, Royal Crescent, Marlborough Apartments, the Gravel Walk, Queen's Square and what is now Jane Austen Centre.|
|This was a perfect partner to the talk given by Catherine Gardner on "Dance Mania" during Georgian times. Jane Austen herself was very fond of dancing. There were three types of dances at the time, the Assembly dances being the most elaborate, then the country dances given in rooms attached to country inns followed by the much smaller private dances given in people's homes.|
|Assemblies of this sort were very important in the courtship rituals of the time. It was an opportunity for men and women to mingle while still under the watchful eyes of the single women's mothers. An interesting detail of these Assemblies, especially in Bath, was the importance of the Master of Ceremonies. These men created the rules of etiquette involved in conducting assemblies. One had to obtain tickets and the approval of the M.C. in order to gain admittance to assemblies and to meet the right people. One of the many rules was that brides and strangers were given first choice at dances in order to keep the young men from dancing with only the prettiest women.|
|After breaking for a marvelous tea including crisp scones and dainty sandwiches, raffle prizes and birthday cake, we were entertained by the Sprigged Muslin dancing group. First, the dancers presented a gift, A Dance with Jane Austen, to Dance Mistress Ruth, honouring her cheerful and dedicated teaching. Then the group performed the Alderman's Hat, Mr. Beveridge's Maggot, and Croft House. They invited all tea-goers to join in the Circassian Circle. It was truly a delightful way to spend a January afternoon.|
Those in attendance were also delighted with props made by a team of Regency sewers. Together they created eight fetching bonnets and eight sweet lace caps which brought out the Miss Bates and Mrs. Bennet characters seated at our tables.
Linda Payne gave a marvellous tribute to Jane on her 236th birthday and several lucky members won Austen-related door prizes.
Happy Birthday, dear Jane, we only wish you could have joined us.
We enjoyed sipping and noshing on chocolate trifle, fancies and fruit bread.
Tom Barton proposed the toast to Jane Austen, reminding us of her influence. Later excited Janeites won their favourites in the raffle. Pat Barton entertained us and enlightened us with her presentation, "Dancing Through the Years".
As part of Pat's presentation, Sprigged Muslin demonstrated dances from medieval times to Austen's Regency era.
Sadly for us, Pat is retiring as our dancing instructor, but happily we welcome Ruth Steven as our new dancing instructor. The event concluded with our congratulations and thanks to Pat Barton.
A reporter from FastForward covered our event - a first for Jasna Calgary. Our tea was as fabulous as the special invitation prepared this year.
You are cordially invited to an afternoon of tea and entertainment at the Pump Room in celebration of Jane Austen's
birthday (costume optional).
Please join us on January 16, 2010 at the Good Companions Activity Centre 2609 19 Ave SW.
Tea and cheese biscuits were followed by delicious trifle
After lots of conversation amongst our tea organizers, Leslie and Margaret,
and all the guests,
Emma took our imaginations to the Bath Spa.