Upcoming Events

JASNA Northern California 2017 Events

Our 2017 Meeting Dates

June 24th – Sanditon and Sea-bathing: Alta Mira Club, San Leandro
September 9th – Persuasion at 200: Oakland [new date]
December 9th – Jane Austen Gala 2017: Seven Hills Conference Center, San Francisco

Sanditon and Sea-Bathing:
Recreation and Health in the Time of Jane Austen

Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Alta Mira Club, San Leandro
12 Noon – 4:00 PM

We return to the historic Alta Mira Club in San Leandro, which provided such a lovely setting for last year’s June meeting on Austen-inspired travel. Costumes are encouraged; the gracious parlors of the 1860 Peralta home provide a lovely setting for selfies. And we hope to fit in a few rounds of Regency dancing during our tea break.

In her final year, while seriously ill herself, Jane Austen was working on Sanditon, taking a wry look at health cures and hypochondriacs of 1817. Becky Richardson will guide us through this terrain. We’ll enjoy a spot of tea, some healthful dancing to live music. Then settle in while Kat Burnham shows us the latest parlor amusement: the kaleidoscope.

We’ll have time for mingling and sharing your travel tales from 12-1; program will begin at 1 with Becky Richardson. On-street parking is available in the neighborhood; by public transit, the club is a healthy 15-minute hike from the San Leandro BART. If you need or can provide assistance with rides to and from the meeting, please let us know at We can also use a transit coordinator who help with such arrangements.

Contributions to our tea table are always appreciated.


Saturday, June 17, 2017:
Lavender Farm picnic in Escalon with JASNA Greater Sacramento 

We’ll be car pooling down to Escalon to Alice Taylor’s Lavender Farm for a picnic! In preparation we suggest reading Jane Austen’s description of the Box Hill Picnic in Emma: Volume III Chapter VII.  As we finalize plans we’ll be sending out an email with sign up information, car pool meeting places and box lunch options.

Saturday, July 8, 2017:
The Alexander Hamilton Ball in Alameda with PEERS

Join PEERS for an elegant evening in late 18th century America as the guests of Alexander and Elizabeth (“Eliza”) Hamilton. Waltzing and country dancing to Bangers and Mash, with mostly historic tunes.

Saturday, September 16, 2017:
A Persuasion Ball with the Bay Area English Regency Society
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Persuasion with a BAERS ball at the San Mateo Masonic Lodge.  Warning: hornpipes may occur.

Saturday, September 23, 2017:
The 2nd Annual Jane Austen Festival, known as “Jane Fest“, hosted by The Jane Austen Society of North America, Central California Region, will be held on September 23, 2017, from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Clovis, CA. Presentations during the day, and dancing in the evening, with dance master Alan Winston.