North Texas Region

June with Jane Austen Seminar
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Manly Pursuits in the Novels of Jane Austen

The North Texas Region held its annual June with Jane Austen seminar on Saturday, June 8, 2013 focusing on the manly pursuits in Austen’s novels at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas.  Vicki Petersen welcomed the sold out crowd and conducted the business meeting.

James Nagle
James Nagle

Vicki Ford introduced James Nagel, JASNA National Secretary, who gave a magnificent presentation “The Military in the Novels of Jane Austen.” exploring that various aspects of military service and how Jane Austen subtly imbricated military issues into her novels.

 

Jack Laney
Jack Laney

Shirley Kinney then introduced Jack Laney who kept the audience sniffing and sneezing with his unique presentation “Gentlemanly Pursuits: A Brief Discourse on Snuff, Cravats and Firearms, with Much Participation from the Audience.”  His interactive session explored snuff and snuff etiquette, the many styles of cravats popular during the period and the firearms of Regency gentlemen.

 

 

Bill Peirson
Bill Peirson

After tea and coffee, Briana Butler introduced popular speaker Bill Peirson, JASNA, North Texas, who recreated his intoxicating session on “Ports of the Period.”  For the morning we contemplated being French and decided that ruby colored Port might never be acceptable to us again!  A luncheon followed with Judy Pulice and Kathy Yank possessing the lucky raffle tickets.  Those who were still light on their feet after ingesting Port and Strawberries Romanov attended an English Country Dance practice session led by Luellen Bassano.

—Cheryl Kinney