Jane in the Information Age: a Super Regional in Rochester

iJane:  Jane Austen in the Information Age  a seminar featuring Maggie Sullivan of Austen Blog and Myretta Robens of The Republic of Pemberley will take place on May 3, 2008 from 10-4 in Rochester, NY.   There will also be a Jane Austen Ball the following day, with English Country dances of the Jane Austen era.  This Multi-Regional Conference is co-sponsored by JASNA-Rochester and JASNA-Syracuse.  For more complete information, go to our events page and follow the links.


A Weekend of “Persuasion”

How delightful to spend a whole weekend immersed in all things Austen!  The Governor’s House in Hyde Park, Vermont is offering several “Persuasion” related Jane Austen Weekends…you can sign up for the whole weekend or just take part in one or more of the activities.  Please see below for all the information.



Jane Austen Weekends

The Governor’s House in Hyde Park

100 Main Street

Hyde Park, Vermont

Friday – Sunday, August 15 – 17; September 5 – 7; December 12-14; January 9-11

call or E-mail for reservations


802 888-6888 info@OneHundredMain.com


A leisurely weekend of literary-inspired diversions has something for every Jane Austen devotee. Slip quietly back into Regency England in a beautiful old mansion where Jane herself would feel at home. Take afternoon tea. Listen to Mozart. Bring your needlework. Share your thoughts at a discussion of Persuasion and how the movie stands up to the book. Attend the talk entitled “The Time of Jane Austen”. Test your knowledge of Persuasion and the Regency period and possibly take home a prize. Take a carriage ride. For the gentleman there are riding and fly fishing as well as lots of more modern diversions if a whole weekend of Jane is not his cup of tea. Join every activity or simply indulge yourself quietly all weekend watching the movies. And imagine the interesting conversation with a whole houseful of Jane’s readers under one roof. Dress in whichever century suits you. It’s not Bath, but it is Hyde Park and you’ll love Vermont circa 1800.

Jane Austen Weekend rates start at $295 for singles and $260 per person for doubles and include two nights’ lodging, Friday evening’s talk over dessert and coffee, full breakfast on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon tea, Saturday dinner and book discussion, early Sunday Continental breakfast, and the Jane Austen quiz with Sunday brunch. 9% Vermont tax is additional. The usual cancellation policy applies.

Or come for just an evening and choose from these activities:

  *Infomal Talk with Coffee and Dessert, Friday, 8:00 p.m., $14.00

  *Afternoon Tea, Saturday, 3:00 p.m., $20.00

  *Book Discussion and Dinner, Saturday, 7:00 p.m., $35.00

  *Jane Austen Quiz and Sunday Brunch, Sunday, 11:30 a.m., $15.00   All four activities: $75.00

100 Main Street • Hyde Park, VT 05655
phone: 802-888-6888 • toll free: 866-800-6888
email: info@onehundredmain.com



Deb has been busy gathering and posting information, merchandise offers from JASNA regions, and she’s also fleshed out the EVENTS area to give a fuller picture of JASNA-VERMONT happenings, local activities of Austen interest (dancing!), and a few upcoming JASNA lectures held within driveable distance.

I want to point out the information on the next three Annual General Meetings. AGMs are only open to JASNA members in good standing (and a mere 550 of those!); invitations for Chicago will reach mailboxes sometime in May. I want to encourage Vermont JASNA members to seriously think of attending Philadelphia’s AGM in October 2009. This is the closest it will get to us for the next few years (the 2010 AGM will be in Portland, Oregon). And we are lucky to have two members (Nancy Charkes, who summers in Fairlee; Lorraine Hanaway, who summers near Littleton, New Hampshire) who are involved in the Eastern PA chapter that will be hosting!

Anyone with questions about AGMs in general, please direct them to Deb. She has attended many in the past, and also plans to attend Chicago’s.

[just a mention: some papers given at AGMs are submitted to Persuasions and Persuasions Online; look over past issues to get an idea of the types of varied breakout sessions you’ll be able to attend!]