2nd Annual Box Hill Picnic a Resounding Success

JASNA Iowa member Penny Rittgers once again hosted us for a Box Hill Picnic. Each attendee was charged with bringing a Regency Era dish to share, and the fare provided was varied and delicious. In addition to great food, guests also enjoyed a lively and in-depth discussion of Maggie Lane's book "Understanding Austen". We're already looking forward to next year.

It's Official: We Have A Logo All Our Own!!

Jane Austen Birthday Tea at the Flynn Mansion

Though built almost a century after Jane Austen was born, the Flynn Mansion, decked out in all its Victorian Christmas splendor, was a beautiful setting for our annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea. The tea and fare were lovely, the conversation abundant, and the toast to Jane Austen by our own Jessica Bishop was thoughtful and heartfelt.

Don't Forget Your T-shirt

If you want a JASNA Iowa t-shirt featuring a lovely homage to our beloved Jane Austen and Iowa’s own Grant Wood, now is the time to order. Every Jane Austen fan in your life surely needs one, and you need one in every color. It’s definitely time to stock up. 

If you would like to place an order, please send an email to jasnaiowa@gmail.com.  T-shirts are $20 each. If you are not in the Des Moines Metro Area, you will need to add $5 for shipping. All the profits from t-shirt sales will help fund future JASNA Iowa events and other JASNA related things. Don’t miss out. Get yours now!

JASNA Iowa Members Attend 2016 AGM in Washington, DC

The 2016 JASNA AGM was held in Washington, DC this and it was certainly a fabulous host city. There were so many wonderful Jane Austen related events both within the AGM as well as outside the hotel at various museums. Here is a photo gallery of just some of the many attractions.

Our First Regency Fashion Show

Great participants and a great audience combined to make our first ever Regency Fashion Show a great event.

JASNA Iowa Region Holds Box Hill Picnic

On July 16th, JASNA member Penelope Rittgers hosted our first attempt at a Box Hill picnic. Members brought Regency era dishes to share with the group. The weather and location were beautiful and the conversation stimulating. Hopefully this will become and annual event.

Tea And Accomplishments at the Waukee Public Library 

A number of ladies turned up on April 17th at the Waukee Public Library to try their hand at making a hat and a breast knot as well learning a bit of the history of tea and the art of tea blending. Thank you to JASNA Iowa Region members Penny Rittgers, Twila Glenn and Allison Petersen for leading everyone through the workshops.

JASNA - Iowa Region Members Help Raise Funds For Public Television

Several members of our region volunteered to take calls on the phone bank during Iowa Public Television's fundraising "Festival" in March. Everyone involved had a great time while helping a great cause. We'll definitely be signing up again next year.

Home of the Jane Austen Society of North America Iowa Region

 The JASNA Iowa Region held its first meeting in April of 2014. Since then, we have continued to grow, though we are a still a small group. What we lack in numbers, we make up for in enthusiasm. We get together at various locations in the Central Iowa area at least once a month. Our goal is to offer a wide variety of Jane Austen and Regency related programming to appeal to a broad audience.

If you are interested in attending one of our monthly events, please check the Events page to see our upcoming calendar. We would love for you to join us.

Visit us on Facebook or send us an email at jasnaiowa@gmail.com

JASNA membership is not required in order to attend a meeting. JASNA bylaws state that anyone may attend up to two regional meetings before they must join the national organization. 

To learn more about the Jane Austen Society of North America and to sign up for a membership, please click here

If you have questions or would like more information, please email us at jasnaiowa@gmail.com.

 

Keep Calm & Read Jane Austen with Kathy Wilson

Her contemporaries paid scant attention to her, and the Victorians found her passionless and parochial. Yet in the 21st Century, and age where seemingly "anything goes", the reserve and restraint, modesty and manners of Austen's characters continue to captivate many readers. Why should stories filled with what Anthony Trollope once called "sweet lessons of homely household virtue" be so popular more than 200 years after their publication? This program looks at the world of Jane Austen in an attempt to understand not only what influenced her writing, but also why we still love her books today.

Where: Urbandale Public Library

3520 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322

When: Saturday, October 7th at 1:00pm