Upcoming Meeting: The Music of Jane Austen

Featuring Josefien Stoppelenburg – Soprano
Saturday, September 17 - 1:00PM to 3:30PM
Solon Library

I assure you it has been the greatest satisfaction, comfort, and delight to me, to hear what a musical society I am got into. I absolutely cannot do without music. It is a necessary of life to me…” Mrs. Elton to Emma Woodhouse in Emma.

Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg has performed as a soloist in the US, Europe, Asia, South America and the Arab Emirates. She has performed for Dutch King Willem Alexander and has won several prestigious awards. And wonderful news for us - she and her husband met over Jane Austen! As Austen fans, we all know how important it was to Jane to be able to practice her music and entertain her family. What would this have sounded like? Josefien will help transport us back 200 years to a family gathering at the Austen home as we experience Jane Austen’s music. The musicians will perform, we’ll talk about Jane Austen and music in her time, and we’ll have some time to meet with the musicians at a brief reception. Please feel free to invite your friends to share in this wonderful opportunity!

Josefien will be accompanied by members and guest artists of Burning River Baroque Malina Rauschenfels (soprano), Paula Maust (harpsichord) and Pillip W. Serna (viola de gamba).

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To help us with planning for this event, PLEASE RSVP by September 11th using the contact form on the website, or by emailing jasnaonc at gmail.

Rocking the Zombie Vote

Emma Woodhouse or Mrs. Elton – Cast Your Vote!
Sunday March 6, 2016 - 1:15PM to 4:00PM

With the Presidential Primary fast approaching, we'll have a chance to cast our own votes as proponents of Miss Woodhouse and Mrs Elton compete to win our hearts and minds. Everyone will have to pick sides in this stirring debate. Who makes the best comic heroine, and why? Come prepared with your arguments. We’ll tally the good, bad, and ugly of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters. Be prepared to support your position with readings from Jane Austen’s Emma. Just for fun, we’ll share some insights from novelist Diana Birchall’s In Defense of Mrs Elton, which can be found at www.jasna.org/publications/defense/

Besides being two of the greatest comic characters in the English language, Emma Woodhouse and Mrs. Elton are arguably Highbury's two most important residents. Yet these mavens are often at odds over matters of etiquette and taste. After carefully reviewing the campaign literature, which lady do you feel has Highbury's best interests at heart?
We’ll also hear from members who attended the advanced screening of the new film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Is it tolerable enough to tempt you? Find out! Those of you who attended the screening, be ready to share your thoughts!

This meeting is free and open to the public. We ask that if you have not attended a JASNA ONC meeting before, drop us a line to let us know you'd like to come and we can bring some extra treats, just in case there aren't enough BRAAAAAINS to go around.

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Jane Austen's Birthday - Letter Writing Workshop!

Letter Writing in Austen’s Time
Jane Austen's Birthday, and a Celebration of Emma's 200th
Sunday December 13, 2015 - 1:15PM to 4:00PM
Mayfield Library

Many scholars believe Austen’s first drafts of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice were originally written as epistolary novels. From scenes of Miss Caroline Bingley offering to mend Mr Darcy’s pen to Jane Fairfax’s long walks after visiting the post office in Highbury, letters form an important part of Austen’s novels. Who can forget “Be not alarmed, madam…” or “You pierce my soul…”?

For our December meeting, guest Lecturer Melissa Mary Alexander has kindly accepted our invitation to travel to our Region from Cincinnati. She will give us a short historical talk about letter-writing in Austen’s novels and then conduct a letter-writing workshop. Each participant will receive a kit of “parchment” and a real quill pen. No worries, we will also have plenty of ball-point pens so that we less nimble-fingered will have a finished product to take home with us at the end of the meeting.
Melissa Mary Alexander is a member of the Greater Louisville region of JASNA and a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati where she is studying for her Master’s in history. During her undergraduate coursework in English, she focused on 18th and 19th century British literature, leading her to academic studies of various facets of Austen’s works on multiple occasions. Her senior thesis, “Women of Feeling: Understanding Austen’s Marginalized Heroines” was recently published in the Xavier Journal of Undergraduate Student Research. Melissa is also highly engaged in the living history community, which has led her to research topics such as clothing, food, beverages, and letter-writing of Austen's time. She recently presented her breakout session, "A Very Fine Dish: Culinary Class Distinctions in Jane Austen's England" at the Greater Louisville AGM. She looks forward to delving further into material culture history at the University of Cincinnati and in her future studies.
We will be ordering materials for this event, so we’ll need a count. Please RSVP to the contact information provided below by Monday December 4th so we can make sure we have enough supplies for everyone!

We will also celebrate Jane Austen’s 240th and Emma’s 200th birthday with birthday cake and a birthday toast at the December meeting. Come and enjoy!