First, there's a slight change to JASNA Syracuse's plans for a joint holiday gathering with the Colgate JABC-CNY at the Colgate Inn in Hamilton on Saturday, December 8: Instead of meeting at the Inn at noon for lunch, we will be gathering there for dessert at 1:00 pm.
As the RSVPs for the 8th started to come in, we discovered that the Colgate
Inn has a limit of 14 people for ordering individually from the Inn's
lunch menu, and quite a few more than 14 people have expressed interest
by now. The alternative for lunch would have been a buffet that would
cost $15 plus a gratuity per person. But since there is no limit on the
number who can order just dessert individually, the decision was made
to go with the dessert option. Lisa Brown will still be giving her
presentation on Regency Christmas customs; we will still be raising a
237th birthday toast to Jane Austen; and, most definitely, we will still
enjoy ourselves! So do plan to join us for dessert at 1:00 on the 8th.
If you haven't already done so, please give JABC leader Heather Elia an
RSVP at this address by November 29, so that she can give the Inn a head count.
Also, a few of us Syracuse Region members always try to make the
trip to Rochester for JASNA Rochester's annual JA birthday luncheon at
the Chatterbox Club, 25 North Goodman St., Rochester. This year's lunch
will be on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 11:00 am. Professor
Alice Villasenor of Medaille College in Buffalo will be the speaker; she
will describe her research on Catherine Hubback, a niece of Jane
Austen's who wrote a completion of JA's unfinished novel The Watsons,
as well as several other books. Alice was a participant in the Young
Scholars Panel at the recent JASNA AGM in Brooklyn. If you'd like to
attend, go to this link on JASNA Rochester's website and download the registration form from the link you'll find there. The cost of the luncheon will be $27.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!