To paraphrase Miss Bingley (but with much more warmth than she extends to poor Jane Bennet), “We sincerely hope your holidays in Upstate New York may abound in the gaieties which that season generally brings.” And, indeed, JASNA Syracuse and JASNA Rochester will be generating some of the gaieties--for Jane Austen's 239th birthday, as well as the traditional winter solstice celebrations!
And on Saturday, December 13, beginning at 10:30 am (note the earlier-than-usual start time), JASNA Rochester will hold its annual Jane Austen’s Birthday Luncheon at the Chatterbox Club, 25 North Goodman Street, Rochester. The speaker will be Deborah Knuth Klenck, Professor of English at Colgate University and a Syracuse Region member. Deborah will give her talk, "Jane Austen's School of Rhetoric: Style, Substance, and 'Delicacy of Mind,'" before lunch. (Deborah is shown below with her son, Ted Scheinman, at the Regency banquet held at JASNA’s Annual General Meeting in Montreal in October.)
So do plan to join your fellow Central and Western New York Janeites at one or both of these holiday gatherings. We look forward to seeing you!