Saturday, October 30, 2010

Next Meeting in Binghamton on November 6th

While our fearless leader, Marie Sprayberry, is in Portland at the AGM (Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America), your co-coordinator is holding down the fort here in Central New York.

Our next meeting is just one short week away on Saturday, November 6th at 2:00 pm in Binghamton at RiverRead Books, 5 Court St. The topic will be "Jane Austen and Dance"; a favorite subject of your co-coordinator's. We know this a popular subject with many Binghamtonians so please bring your favorite dance-related passages from the novels to share. Even if you are unfamiliar with this topic, please join us for an afternoon of Austen fun. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall Reminders and Announcements

A happy late Michaelmas, and happy 10/10/10, to all CNY Janeites! There are quite a few reminders and announcements to be made:

* Don't forget our next JASNA Syracuse meeting, to be held at RiverRead Books, 5 Court St., Binghamton, on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 pm. The topic will be "Jane Austen and Dance"; please bring your favorite dance-related passages from the novels to share!

* Don't forget the special event being offered at the Colgate Bookstore, 3 Utica St., Hamilton, on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 pm: David Shapard, editor of the just-published The Annotated Persuasion, will be present to autograph and discuss the book. This will be followed by tea at the Colgate Inn. See our first August 24 post, and the "Events" listing, for more details.

* We are very pleased and excited to be able to announce plans for our JASNA Syracuse December program: We'll be joining the Jane Austen Singing School for Young Ladies in Skaneateles for a Regency Christmas concert! Note a change in date: This will be on Sunday afternoon, December 19 (not Saturday, Dec. 18, as noted in the tentative 2010-11 schedule given in our second August 24 post). Watch future blog posts for time, venue, and other details.

* Finally, we're also extremely pleased to announce that Syracuse Co-Coordinator Lisa Brown will be giving a presentation on Regency fashion for women, to be called "Dressing the Miss Bennets," at the first annual Jane Austen Festival sponsored by the JASNA Pittsburgh Region on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Check out JASNA Pittsburgh's website ( for further details about the festival as these are announced.

Dance Like Jane Austen (in Syracuse)

The September 26 post has described how Janeites in the Binghamton area can learn to dance like Jane Austen this fall. Now Syracuse-area Janeites have the same opportunity through the Syracuse Country Dancers, who will be offering a series of English country dance classes on Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., beginning Oct. 17 and continuing through Dec. 12 (except no class on Nov. 28). The cost is $5 each or $25 for all eight classes, which will all be held at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY. The class is designed to prepare dancers for the SCD's Special Holiday English Country Dance on Saturday, Dec. 18. For more information, call Carmen at (315) 632-4992, or write to