As I reflect on our Jane Austen Birthday Tea, there are so many people to thank. Thanks to the staff at the Roosevelt Inn for the great food and kind service. Amy Lyons, co-Regional Coordinator, suggested the Roosevelt Inn and coordinated arrangements with them. Jane Provinsal, our Social Media coordinator, made the lovely cinnamon Jane Austen ornaments/decorations (see the header image). They smell heavenly. So many people donated to the door prizes to raise money for our group. There were basketball tickets; Regency dresses, reticules, and scarves; many books and games; embroidery; and grab bags. We also had five theme baskets: Tea Time, Lavender Potpourri, Dress Up, Fun and Games, and Book Lover. Thanks to Pamela Mogen, Cassandra Bates, Nancy Jo Tschida, Brenda Bye, Chuck Pierce, Sara Thompson, Debra Peck, Anne Hollum, Cindy Bell, Michele Larrow, and Yvette Tremblay-Kelly for donations. We were able to raise over $150 for our group due to the generosity of the gift donors and those who purchased tickets to win the prizes. (There are many pictures of the tea on the Photos of Past Events page).
A highlight of the tea was our reading of a short play Jane’s Dancers that we got through the script bank that JASNA has for the regions to use. It was developed by the JASNA, Northern California Region. Our readers/performers were highly entertaining and the words of Jane Austen about dancing were a fitting way to celebrate her coming birthday. Thanks to Vickey Bolen, Van Brink, Brenda Bye, Debra Peck, Sara Thompson, and Nancy Jo Tschida for your wonderful rendition of the play. See below for a few short snippets of the video. Apologies for the poor stops and starts of the videos.
Thanks to everyone for a great tea. I am thankful for all our members and everyone who has come to all our events this year! We appreciate Sheryl DeShields who served as our treasurer for a year but had to resign. Thanks to Cassandra Bates for agreeing to serve as our new Treasurer. She was elected unanimously at the meeting portion of the tea. Michele Larrow, Co-Regional Coordinator
- Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney
2. More Catherine and Henry
3. The Narrator from Northanger Abbey
4. Part of a scene from The Watsons