Sunday, May 26, 2013

"Box Hill East" and "Box Hill West": Upstate Janeite Events in June

Two delightful events await Upstate NY Janeites in June! 

First, the Colgate Bookstore, the Jane Austen Book Club-CNY that meets at the Bookstore, and the JASNA Syracuse Region will co-host a presentation called "Pride, Prejudice, and Picture Books: Adapting Classic Novels for a Young Audience" on Saturday, June 8, at 2 pm at the Bookstore (3 Utica Street, Hamilton). Author Jack Wang will talk about the Cozy Classics book series he has developed with his brother, Holman, to present well-loved stories to young children in 12 words or less. (Jack has even promised us a "sneak preview" of the Cozy Classics Emma, to be published this fall!) The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. More details about Jack and the books are available at the Bookstore's webpage for the event. We do hope you can join us for this very special presentation! If you can attend, please drop an RSVP email to Regional Coordinator A. Marie Sprayberry (see "Contact Us" at right) by June 4; no need to email with regrets.

By way of making the day in Hamilton even more of a "Box Hill East" than it already is, Marie also proposes that anyone who wishes to get together for an entirely informal and optional lunch should meet her by the gazebo in the Hamilton Village Green (which is the briefest of walks from the Bookstore) at noon. (Free parking is available at the village lot east of the Green, next to the police station.) If the weather is fine, we can either bring our own lunches or purchase them from vendors at the Hamilton Farmers' Market, and eat on the Green. If wet weather threatens or prevails, we can adjourn to a nearby restaurant (options include the Colgate Inn, Hamilton Whole Foods, La Iguana [Mexican], the Royal Indian Grill, Nichols and Beal, etc.). And even if you can't make the lunch, rest assured that we will all have a chance to meet and mingle after Jack's presentation. 


Now for "Box Hill West": Members of JASNA Rochester are preparing for the War of 1812 Bicentennial and Jane Austen Weekend, to be held at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford (west of Rochester) on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, from 10 am to 4 pm. The usual GCV&M admission charges apply for this event (see the museum's webpage for the weekend for details). 
 Space doesn't permit a detailed listing of the various drills, demonstrations, and other military events, but rest assured that both soldiers and sailors will be present (both Lydia Bennet and Louisa Musgrove would be in seventh heaven!). JA-specific events include the following (on both days; times are subject to change):
  • Noon-4 pm: A marathon reading of Pride and Prejudice
  • 12:30 pm: Jane Austen Era Fashion Show.
  • 3 pm: Jane Austen Era Dance Demonstration by the Country Dancers of Rochester.
    Demonstration of  English Country Dancing at last year's event.
 And on Saturday night from 6 to 9 pm, the "Netherfield Ball of 1813" will take place in the GCV&M's John L. Wehle Gallery. The Ball has been specially planned for beginning dancers (so don't be shy!), and the Ball admission charge of $25 includes refreshments. Advance registration is required for this by May 31, but places are still available (go here for the details). 

So get out your "summer finery" for these "summer engagements," and we hope to see you at one or the other!