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Jane Austen Society of North America
2005 Annual General Meeting

October 7-9, 2005
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Special Events
Tea with Jane Austen

Woman’s Club of Wisconsin          $28 (FULL)
813 E. Kilbourn Avenue
Thursday, October 6                      4 to 5:30 p.m.

Meet JASNA friends at an elegant Milwaukee event, afternoon tea at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin. The Italian Renaissance club, built in 1887 with proceeds from the first woman’s stock company in the world, is home to exquisite portraits and decorative art. JASNA’s tea expert, Kim Wilson, author of Tea with Jane Austen (Jones Books, 2004) will discuss tea in Georgian England, while you enjoy an array of tea sandwiches and desserts. Transportation from the Hyatt Regency is included, and late Thursday afternoon tours will stop at the Woman’s Club to
allow you to participate in this special opportunity.
Limit: 200

A Jane Austen Evensong

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church     
914 E. Knapp Street
Thursday, October 6                5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, built in 1884 in the Richardson Romanesque style, is graced with a collection of stunning Tiffany windows. We are privileged to share the church’s weekly Evensong performed by the Choristers of Saint Cecilia, an all-city girls chorus. They will premiere an anthem based on the prayers of Jane Austen, composed by Dr. Craig Phillips, composer-in-residence at All Saints Church, Beverly Hills, California. The anthem was commissioned by Wisconsin Region member Cynthia Kartman. Members may walk to St. Paul’s from the tea at the Woman’s Club or take a coach bus. Transportation for Evensong is also available to and from the hotel.

Yesterday was a busy day with me, or at least with my feet & my stockings; I was walking almost all day long; I went to Sydney Gardens soon after one, & did not return till four.
Letter from Bath, April 21, 1805

JASNA Milwaukee Walks

Thursday, October 6          11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Friday, October 7               9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Weather permitting             No charge

Informal walks of Milwaukee guided by JASNA members will remind us of the many walks Jane Austen describes in her letters. Sign up at the tour registration area when you arrive in Milwaukee.  Amble down the Riverwalk to the Third Ward art scene and the new Milwaukee Public Market. Participants will buy lunch along the way at an intriguing Third Ward eatery.
We drank tea again yesterday with the Tilsons, & met the Smiths.—I find all these little parties very pleasant.
 —Jane to Cassandra, April 18, 1811

Jane Austen Dinner at Villa Terrace

Villa Terrace                            $75 (FULL)
2220 North Terrace Avenue
Sunday, October 9                   5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

But in the meantime for Elegance & Ease & Luxury ... I shall eat Ice & drink French wine, & be above Vulgar Economy. —Jane to Cassandra, June 30, 1808

What better way to relax on Sunday at the close of an AGM than to share a magical evening of fine food with JASNA friends?  Villa Terrace was designed in 1923 by renowned Chicago architect (and Milwaukee native) David Adler. “Sopra Mare” is an Italianate fairyland mansion overlooking restored Renaissance- inspired gardens, which cascade down the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan – and the gardens are accessible to all via steps or a funicular. After hors d’oeuvres and wine on the terrace and visits to the gardens and eclectic exhibits (Villa Terrace is now a decorative arts museum), you will enjoy a Jane Austen-era dinner — fall pease soup, braised beef short ribs, and syllabub. (For a vegetarian option, contact Sara Bowen, Sheryl Craig, whose lively articles appear in Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, will entertain with her after- dinner talk, “‘The Torments of Rice Puddings and Apple Dumplings’: Jane Austen and Food.” Transportation to and from the Hyatt is included in the price. This event is limited to 80 members and companions. Reserve early for an evening of “Elegance & Ease & Luxury.”

English Country Dance Workshops With Maureen Ryan

Hyatt Regency Hotel                   $15
Thursday, October 6                   1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, October 7                        9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Maureen Ryan, whose workshops and calling skills enlivened the 2002 Toronto AGM, returns to lead our English country dance instruction and call the Regency Ball. Maureen will conduct two identical workshops at the hotel on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning to prepare you for Saturday night’s dancing. All levels of dance experience are welcome.
Limit: 40 dancers at each session