Agreeable indeed!

 Longbourn at Longbourn

Our our dear Miss Bennett was a most attentive hostess as she welcomed us to her very own Longbourn. She served a  variety of fine teas, cakes, and a menagerie of other fine deductibles! Approximately fourteen people were present and partook in  lively conversation. The stimulating discussion concerning Longbourn by Jo Baker resulted in the understanding that some really liked the book while others really did not.  One thing remains true, we are still enraptured with our dear Jane's writings. Also, more than likely, the next time we read Pride and Prejudice, the recollection of Sarah the maid will linger ....

This was the third and final book discussion of the year.

On Saturday, April 18th, 2015, approximately 15 JASNA members attended a small book discussion on Fanny Burney’s Evelina, hosted by Sylvia Hom and presented in part by Ms. Jeanne Kiefer and Mrs. Renée Frost. A brief yet informative quiz and discussion regarding Miss Burney (later known as Madame d'Arblay) was conducted by Jeanne.  Some interesting topics of Miss Burney’s upbringing and life were shared to help readers understand some environmental factors that may have shaped and influenced her writings.

Over tea and treats, group members then participated in a discussion led by Renée and shared their views on how they felt while reading the book, what they thought of the characters and plot, and what comparisons could be made to the writings of Jane Austen. 

Sanditon Book Study - January 2015 

We started the New Year on a more scholarly note… Sylvia Hom, recently recovered from hosting Jane Austen’s birthday tea a month earlier, led a very thought provoking and educational discussion on Sanditon. It was obvious that she had spent a lot of time researching. The discussion and questions that were raised were quite contemplative and I dare say, academic. This was not one of our typical events but no less enjoyable! Sanditon is one of Jane Austen’s lesser known works. Unfortunately, it was never finished. Jane stopped working on the book only months before her untimely death on July 18, 1817. The book study wasn’t very heavily attended but that does not necessarily conclude that the conversation was dull by any means! It was very agreeable! There are two more book studies this year, Longbourn, a current novel by Jo Baker and Evelina by Frances Burney, 1778. You won't want to miss these!

Jane Austen's Birthday Tea - December 2014

Loveliness is a very muted word to describe the afternoon tea and festivities that were to be had at Jane Austen's Birthday Tea. Miss Austen herself  may even have enjoyed herself!! The surroundings were enchanting, the conversation lively and the company "great." This was our third annual birthday tea, generously hosted by Sylvia Hom. We enjoyed tea fare that was exquisite and scrumptious.  Then we tried our luck at a bit of trivia, which was easily conquered.  We also enjoyed a condensed version of a theatrical version of Lady Susan, written by Michelle Lambeau. The readers were Kate Henderson, Perry Krowne, Michelle Lambeau, Donna E. Bennett and Diane Gorham. The small of the grease paint and the roar of the crowd....wait a moment,  before I run away with myself... it was quite happily received by those in the audience. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy a production of the full version, in the future!  The entire afternoon was indeed all too short as we enjoyed each others wit and conversation. Many thanks to Sylvia for her generosity in hosting such a grand affair!


Community Service at UMOM

What a rewarding and fun afternoon! We had the opportunity to give back to the community by serving the poor and homeless at a local shelter for women and families. We served a meal, chatted a little with the residents and received a tour of the facility. The people who run the shelter and take care of the details are certainly a special breed. What a heart they have! We are grateful to Sherry Moore for making the arrangements  for us to be there.    Hopefully, we will hold another day for community service. Join us! You'll be glad you did!


Hat Making Workshop

In one of Jane Austen's letters to her sister, she writes, "next week I shall begin operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend." She also wrote about some decorated bonnets she saw while visiting Bath. "Flowers are very much worn, and fruit is still more the thing. Elizabeth has a bunch of strawberries, and I have seen grapes, cherries, plums, and apricots. There are likewise almonds and raisins, French plums, and tamarinds at the grocers’, but I have never seen any of them in hats."

Last Saturday we had an industrious time trimming bonnets and creating luxurious and exotic turbans! (The turban was most popular in European women's fashions in the 1790s and very early 1800s and they were perfect for balls and evening events). There was a wide array of fabrics and ribbon from which to choose, along with other miscellaneous embellishments and personalized instruction. The room was bristling with talent as the ladies trimmed away. (See the pictures below).  The workshop was led by Diane Gorham of Augmented Austen who was quite impressed with the diligence and flair of the hat makers!


Iris Lutz Talk

'Colonel Brandon began to talk of his own advantage in securing so respectable and agreeable a neighbour; and then it was that he mentioned with regret, that the house was small and indifferent; -- an evil which Elinor, as Mrs. Jennings had supposed her to do, made very light of, at least as far as regarded its size. "The smallness of the house," said she, "I cannot imagine any inconvenience to them, for it will be in proportion to their family and income." '

Thanks to Iris Lutz, the current president of the national organization of JASNA, this passage from Sense and Sensibility has a deeper meaning for those of us who were able to attend on Saturday, June 28th. Her talk entitled  “‘…in proportion to their family and income’: Houses in Jane Austen’s Life and Fiction”  was captivating and delightful.  Ms. Lutz presented an illustrated talk on houses that appear in Jane Austen’s life and novels. Using pictures and impressions from her trips, and descriptions from Jane Austen’s novels, Iris showed us what Jane Austen may have had in mind when she created places like Longbourn, Pemberley, and others. Iris was very gracious towards us and we hope to see her aain soon!

Time to plan a trip to England to see those houses! Incidentally, JASNA is planning a trip there next year! Check it out here! 

James Ashley Talk

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, the wonderful Mr. James Ashley treated a small audience with a talk entitled

“To One Account or Other – Muslin and Magic in the Regency Era” at the Mustang Library in Scottsdale,

AZ. James discussed the use of muslin throughout the 18th

backdrops and cycloramas, in the production of magic tricks, and in trick spirit photography. A slide

show presentation was given that included many historical pictures, paintings and photographs that

incorporated the use of the fabric. Audience members were also lucky enough to have been thoroughly

deceived by Mr. James with his own demonstration of a few magic tricks!

and 19th

centuries in theater for stage

 A Weekend with Jane Austen

During A Weekend with Jane Austen, March 15 - 16, JASNA-Greater Phoenix Region Janeites were treated to a weekend lush with Austen experiences.  On a lovely Saturday evening, dancers attended a “Do you Dance, Mr. Darcy?” themed masquerade ball complete with a live three-piece band, caller, and a light dinner fare.  The fabulous dance caller, Ms. Peg Hesley, provided members with a lecture regarding regency dance talk and demonstration prior to organizing 68 dancers decked in flowing gowns, white gloves, cravats and kilts into what Jane Austen herself would have considered a respectable display of felicities in motion.  On a glorious Sunday afternoon, 71 attendees took part in a lecture of “Do Darcy & Elizabeth Really Improve Upon Acquaintance?” provided by the brilliant Dr. Joan Ray.  After a light tea fare, attendees were absorbed in the “Jane Austen’s Legacy in Scent” lecture provided by the wonderful Evangelina Duman, who treated guests to the sweet smells of lavender water and other aromas traditionally used during Austen’s time.  And no such event would be complete without a Regency Inspired Fashion Show.  Numerous models displayed regency attire appropriate to every day use, the military, afternoon outings, and formal evening and ballroom attire.  This wonderful event, no doubt an intense labor of love for the Special Events Committee, resulted in the Region acquiring 21 new members.

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JASNA Robert Burn's Night

Friday, January 24, 2014


Welcome Toast

Absent Friends~Scotland~The United States~The Queen 


Selkirk Grace

Some ha’e meat, and canna eat,

And some, nae meat that want it:

But we ha’e meat, and we can eat,

And may the Lord be thankit.


B U F F E T      D I N N E R

Hors d'Oeuvres


Scotch Broth

Mince and Tatties with Neeps

Mixed Breads

Trifle & Shortbread

Cheese and Fruit


Readings and Presentations

Toast to The Lassies

Response to The Laddies

Address to the Haggis

The Immortal Memory

The Star o’ Rabbie Burns

JASNA Response

Auld Lang Syne


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