Message from the Regional Coordinator, Lynn Ossolinski

Welcome to the new Website for the Jane Austen Society of North American Greater Sacramento Region!

I am the new Regional Coordinator for the Greater Sacramento Region and I am delighted with all the new activities and programs that we have for your participation. On our new website you will find all the dates and times of these lively activities. Most of our activities are held in the public libraries meeting rooms.

As a person on a literary quest all my life, I was delighted to reread Jane Austen and dedicate myself to encouraging others to do so. I have a career as a teacher and librarian. Born in Vallejo CA, I was raised in Reno NV, I attended the University of Nevada, Reno, for a BA and MS, and another masters from University of San Francisco. My Bill “Ozzie” husband and I raised our 2 children in Incline Village, NV, where we lived & worked for 30 years. I was always advocating reading by participation in my professional groups. I embraced book clubs as a way to extend my literary appetite. I have many favorite authors and must admit—my favorites are the great English authors. I live in Rancho Murieta, CA, now  and there is not  a library, but we do have a bookmobile and the librarian was happy to fill my requests for Jane Austen books.

Yes, we are going back 220+ years to the vibrant Regency Period time of Jane Austen. It is a great place to be—full of walks, parties, balls, teas, romance and intrigue. We bring Jane Austen in our life with reading her books, watching movies based on her books, even duplicating foods of the time.

I am honored to be your new Regional Coordinator. I am eager to help start up new reading groups and interest groups. I am all for taking trips—such as the bus trip to Mills College in Oakland—to see handwritten prayers composed by Jane Austen. I encourage members to go to plays, see movies, cook, knit & crochet, travel, design banners’etc.! Members take trips to England, and attend the JASNA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in elegant cities in the US and Canada.

My goals are to:  raise membership; increase interest groups and clubs dedicated to Jane Austen; honor Jane Austen’s genius and life; encourage school and university curriculum to include Jane Austen; use Jane Austen’s writings as therapy for a happier life; make speaking engagements; bring members to their highest literary potential.

Our new website will keep the same location name of jasnasac.org. But in the hands of our new webmaster Will Kleinert we will have new graphics, calendar, and current news of Jane Austen happenings. From book reviews to scholarly findings, we can keep up with the tremendous popularity and interest in Jane Austen.

With the help of other Janeites I ran the Jane Austen Reading Group (now the able leader Nancy Kleinert as the chair) for the Greater Sacramento Region for many years. I feel the reading and rereading of Jane Austen is the best way to experience Jane Austen’s genius. Now we have two reading groups—the new 2019 addition of “Austentacious Study Group” in Elk Grove. I welcome the formation of this group and any other group—of any size or location. The Jane Austen Society of North America also encourages the formation of reading groups!!

But that is not all! New interest groups have formed:

  1.  Jane Austen Movie Fan Club:  showing and rating the movies based on Jane Austen’s writing. Plus plenty of popcorn!
  2. Jane Austen Fiber Friends:  knitting and crocheting items from patterns of Regency period items. Lots of help given to do the patterns.
  3. Austen on Stage:  theater buffs unite with local theaters for stage productions of Jane Austen’s writing. Costumes encouraged and bonnets off for the play. Discounted group tickets!
  4. Jane Austen Writer’s Group: meeting in McClatchy library writers share their pages with each other, often using email. Novice or published authors are welcome to attend.
  5. Book to Fork: Cooking recipes that existed during Jane Austen’s time; looking for information on food and references in her books; sharing this information with JASNA Greater Sacramento Region.
  6. JA Publicity Committee:  have fun making tri-fold displays & exhibits; doing TV shows; speaking engagements; skits; flyers; arranging author book signings.

Seasonal programs: Four times a year the Greater Sacramento Region sponsors a Jane Austen Program featuring scholars, games, exhibits, and Power Point visual presentations. Our programs feature outstanding scholars, authors, speakers, and a very delicious social time from our hospitality table of treats supplied by all members. We are a diverse group—welcoming any gender, age, nationality, religion: plus any program held in the public library is free to the public.

The Jane Austen Birthday Tea:  This annual event is held in the beautiful historic Westminister Presbyterian church downtown by the California State Capitol. The tea is classic and we go all-out with a caterer; members decorate the tables with fine linens and dishes. There is an auction of treasured Jane Austen style items. Top experts from England and the US honor us with their expertise. Members can bring guests. This is the ultimate tea party experience. Read about it in Tea Time Magazine!

Please join the Jane Austen Society of North America Greater Sacramento Region.

Greater Sacramento Region News – October 2019

September 14th Program Meeting @ Joy Prevost’s home

It has been an exciting few months for our region. We have recently launched several new interest groups: Jane Austen Fiber Friends- a group dedicated to knitting and crocheting projects inspired by Jane Austen and the Regency Period- has been meeting every month before our regular reading group.  Our new group Austen on Stage has been organizing outings this Fall to regional theater productions of two different plays inspired by Jane Austen’s novels. And our new group The Jane Austen Movie Fan Club lead by regional member Joy Prevost has been particularly active. In July we watched the movie “The Jane Austen Book Club” to tie in with our discussion of Karen Joy Fowler’s book in our reading group. In August the movie club presented the 2005 movie version of “Pride and Prejudice” to our newly formed Austentacious Study Group.

This fall our region has been focusing on Northanger Abbey in order to compliment the theme for this year’s AGM.  We are midway through our series now. In September both of our regional reading groups discussed the novel. On September 14th at our quarterly program meeting regional member Nancy Kleinert gave a presentation on the origins of Gothic Literature in England and its influence on Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. That was followed by the viewing and discussion of the moderately obscure 1986 BBC version of “Northanger Abbeypresented by our Jane Austen Movie Fan Club.  Our Northanger Abbey series will continue in October with our members attending a local theatrical production of “Northanger Abbey” and in November with a program featuring lectures from local academics.

Trip to Mills College

       Our bus trip to Mills College in Oakland, CA, was a big success. We had a bus of 24 members (minus 2 cancellations) and 2 members met us in Oakland.Thanks to our treasurer Margaret Murphy for collecting the check and paying the bus!

      At the Olin Library in the rare books room librarian Janice Braun displayed the prayers and discussed the acquisition of them as a donation to Mills College from an outstanding member of the Oakland community. Rachael Dodge put together a basket of JASNA related items for the librarian with our gratitude. Mary Adams-Wiley added some precious mementos too.

      Rachael Dodge gave information about the content of the prayers and her research which resulted in the publication of Praying with Jane. Rachael also said a prayer over us on our trip. The bus driver Alfred said a loud “AMEN”.

     Alice Taylor arranged the bus travel by All West Charter Bus Company. We gave the bus driver a $50 tip from the group. The bus was very comfortable, and the trip went smoothly.

 Thanks to Alice for arranging the bus driver to bring our lunches to us after the viewing. We enjoyed the Tea Shop outdoor seating. Mary Adams-Wiley prepared the Name Badges and the framed table markers. We had time to view the campus and the outstanding architecture of the famous woman architect Julia Morgan.

    Joy Prevost organized our delicious authentic treats from the Book-to-Fork Jane Austen Interest Group. With Lynn’s cucumber tea sandwiches on the way there; Amy’s Rout Cakes for lunch; and Mary’s Berry Puffs on the way home!

Joy representing JA Movie Fans Interest Group also narrated and organized the movie “Becoming Jane” shown on the way home and back. She prepared questions for us to keep in mind during the show. Then we took a vote as a “fan”—with fully open fans as the best rating!