I'm sad to have to pass on the news that a JASNA Syracuse member and a kind friend to JASNA Syracuse have both died recently.
First, Sandra Stevens died on March 17. Sandra was the skilled "mantua-maker" featured in this post last year on the JASNA Syracuse blog, and was a dedicated member of both the JA Book Club at the Colgate Bookstore and JASNA Syracuse. I got to know Sandra better through her work on the Regency gown featured in the blog post, and I'm grieved that such a gentle and talented person was taken from us so soon. We send our condolences to Sandra's daughters, grandchildren, and other family members.
Second, Jane Stuart-Andrus--a co-owner of RiverRead Books, JASNA Syracuse's congenial meeting place in Binghamton--died on April 5. Jane's online obituary is a wonderful tribute to a life excellently and energetically lived. We send our sympathies to Jane's family and to her fellow RiverRead co-owners, Connie Barnes and Patricia Hutchinson-Day.
I'll send out a reminder about our JASNA Syracuse May Day meeting at RiverRead (5 Court St., Binghamton, Saturday 5/10, 2 pm) as we get closer to the date.