January 10, 2015 Meeting

Our next meeting will be a docent guided tour of the exhibit “Comfort and the Eighteenth-Century Interior” on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Rienzi Museum, 1406 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77019. The cost would be $4 for seniors and $6.40 for adults.

Please RSVP to either Jane or Megan no later than January 8 if you plan to attend as we need some kind of head count. Please plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m. at the museum. Following the tour, we plan to go to lunch – location to be determined.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

December 6, 2014 Meeting

jane and balloons

Mark your calendars for December 6, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.   JASNA-Greater Houston will be gathering to celebrate Jane Austen’s 239th birthday! We’ll have tea, a birthday toast to Jane, and much merriment!

We will meet at the usual place, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, but this time in the Bonhoeffer House, the residence next to the education building. If you’re in the church parking lot on the corner of Holman and Austin, just go to the house by the parking lot rather than around the playground to the education building. The house actually faces Austin, rather than Holman. The gate on the street side will be unlocked; please come through but push it to behind you.

Please bring a dish to share with our tea and your favorite tea cup from which to imbibe. Also, if you are so led, a wrapped gift to add to our door prizes would be welcome, though certainly not required. If you want to wear Regency costume this time, feel free.

Please RSVP for planning purposes to Jane or Megan. Hope to see you there!

November Meeting Cancelled & Info About December Meeting

Unfortunately, our November 8th meeting will not take place. Our presenter just cancelled due to a sudden family move out of the area.

However, if you are in the Houston area on November 1 and want to spend the day among Brits, the Daughters of the British Empire are holding their annual Festival! Check their website: www.dbetexas.org for more information.

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Please mark your calendar for December 6, 2014.  We will be celebrating Jane Austen’s 239th birthday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Time TBD soon with further details.

Jane and cake

 

 

OCTOBER MEETING

Adult Special Program “Regency Holiday Traditions”
Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, Texas 77494
Saturday, October 18   2- 4:30 pm, Meeting Room

Please join us at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library to experience the sights and sounds of Regency England. This event is co-sponsored by the Fort Bend County Library and the Jane Austen Society of North America’s (JASNA) Greater Houston Region.

Texas local author and JASNA member Maria Grace will speak on Regency Holiday Traditions. Maria has performed extensive research to write her seven Regency-era fiction projects as well as to sew six Regency costumes.  Learn from this extensive research how the British celebrated the holidays during the majestic Regency era in which Jane Austen lived and wrote.  Discover how they dressed, what they ate, how they decorated, and more!

To surround you with the delights of Regency England, English Tea and light finger food reflective of the time period will accompany the talk.

September – October – November Meetings

September 20, 2014 – 2:00 pm-4:30 pm. We will be meeting at the Katy Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, Texas 77494. (Same location where we met in March for the movie). We will be doing a book discussion of Sanditon – one of Jane Austen’s unfinished shorter works (It is about 60 pages). This is available at the library, Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, etc. We will hope you will read this and join us for the discussion. We will have tea as always and if you want to, please bring a nibble or two to share.

October 18, 2014 – 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. We will again be meeting at the Katy Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, Texas 77494. Our own Grace Scheufler will be speaking on the Regency era and specifically Regency Christmas Traditions.

November 8, 2014–1:30 p.m. Back at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1301 Holman at Caroline, Houston, 77004.
2014 JASNA Essay Contest winner, Miss Lucie Riddell, will be our guest to present her essay, “Let Us Have the Luxury of Silence: Silence and Communication in Mansfield Park”. Of 124 entries in this year’s high school division, Lucie’s placed second! We are so glad to have her in our region and look forward to meeting her. “Low tea” to follow the presentation. We encourage bringing something delicious to share, and your favorite teacup.

We hope to see you there!

AUGUST MEETING – DATE CHANGED TO 8/9/14

August 9,  2014 – 12:30 pm. We plan to meet at the Cafe Express at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for lunch and socializing. After lunch, we are going to do a self tour of the Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House exhibit. This exhibit is included in the price of admission to the museum. Audio tour guides will be available from the museum. More information can be found at http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/houghton-hall-portrait-english-country-house/ This is a wonderful opportunity to see a renowned collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the home built by England’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in the early eighteenth century and which still serves as the family estate of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley.

Meetings in August, September and October 2014

August 16, 2014 – 12:30 pm. We plan to meet at the Cafe Express at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for lunch and socializing. After lunch, we are going to do a self tour of the Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House exhibit. This exhibit is included in the price of admission to the museum. Audio tour guides will be available from the museum. More information can be found at http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/houghton-hall-portrait-english-country-house/ This is a wonderful opportunity to see a renowned collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the home built by England’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in the early eighteenth century and which still serves as the family estate of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley.

September 20, 2014 – 2:00 pm-4:30 pm. We will be meeting at the Katy Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, Texas 77494. (Same location where we met in March for the movie). We will be doing a book discussion of Sanditon – one of Jane Austen’s unfinished shorter works (It is about 60 pages). This is available at the library, Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, etc. We will hope you will read this and join us for the discussion. We will have tea as always and if you want to, please bring a nibble or two to share.

October 18, 2014 – 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. We will again be meeting at the Katy Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, Texas 77494. Our own Grace Scheufler will be speaking on the Regency era and specifically Regency Christmas Traditions.

Hope to see you there!

June Meeting

Our June meeting is on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM. (Please note the different time).

It will be a 90 minute guided Study Tour of Bayou Bend! Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street, Houston, Texas 77007. It is the Museum of Fine Arts Houston house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world. The collection includes items from 1630-1876 and reflects American decorative arts. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically maintained gardens in Houston’s historic River Oaks neighborhood.

We have reserved the Study Tours at beginning at 10:00 am. (Sorry – they don’t do tours in the afternoon). The Study Tour is 90 minutes long and includes visits to many rooms in the house, focusing on the objects in the collection and how they reflect American history. While this is not really about Jane Austen, we think it will be a worthwhile adventure in a wonderful museum in our area.There is an admission fee which will be paid at the time of the Tour:
$15 Adults
$13.50 Students / Senior Adults (ID Required)
$12.50 MFAH Members
$7.50 Children 10-18
Children 9 and younger are not permitted on guided house tours.

We will meet in the welcome/ticket area and let the docents organized the groups and go from there.

We will need a VERY accurate head count NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014. If you would like to bring a spouse or a friend, that’s great. We just need to know who and how many by June 19!

Please RSVP to Megan at her personal email or at jasnagh1@jasnagreaterhouston.com

May Meeting

On May 17, 2014, we will again gather at our regular meeting place, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman @ Caroline, at our regular time of 2:30 p.m. On this month’s agenda is . . . fun! Our annual gathering for Regency card games. We will have our usual tea and goodies and pair off for as many rounds of Whist as we care to play. If time allows, we can also engage in a few hands of Loo, as well.

Please bring something to share, if you can, and your favorite tea cup. (Tea cups also available on-site.) As always, an RSVP to Jane is appreciated. Also, if anyone would like to contribute any small items suitable for door prizes, they would be greatly appreciated.

A gentle reminder: If your personal finances allow, please remember to pay your regional dues to our Treasurer, Barbara Butler. $25 per individual or couple–fees are used to pay speakers’ honorariums and dinners, our web site, and any other incidentals that may come up. Should this amount be a burden for you, but you would still like to contribute something, please speak to one of the co-coordinators or the Treasurer.

April Outing

The day is fast approaching! Saturday, April 12th, is the date for our Road Trip to Waco to tour the Browning Library on the campus of Baylor University. For a preview of the Library, see www.browninglibrary.org. We are scheduled to tour with a docent. The tour is free, takes about an hour, and we are welcome to remain for further perusal after the tour.
After the Library, we should all be ready for lunch. (Restaurant TBA) Then it’s meander back home, with visions of Texas wildflowers along the way. There is a possibility of a stop midway at a member’s home.
If you would like to come on this outing and/or drive, please RSVP.
Our tentative plan is to meet at Buc-ee’s on 290 (Mueschke Road exit, I think–the address is 27106 US Hwy 290, Cypress, TX 77433) at 8 a.m. The drive to Waco is about 2 1/2 hours.