Our Next Meeting

Sunday, February 11 , 1:00–4:00 pm
AustenFest: Romantic Love in Jane Austen’s Time
San Mateo Main Library, 55 West Third Ave., San Mateo

Fans on display at San Mateo Library

Join us for an aft ernoon of Jane Austen and romantic love in the Georgian Era, with presentations and activities in three of the Main Library’s meeting rooms. Learn how love and romance developed in Jane Austen’s era. This event is open to the public and family friendly. There is parking in the library garage and on-street parking. Scones and tea will be available for purchase in the Oak Room. A special exhibit of reproduction fans by Lynn McMasters is featured in the Library’s second floor exhibit case through February.

AustenFest 2018 is cosponsored by the Northern California Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America and the San Mateo Public Library. Vintage dress is admired but not required.

Schedule of activities:

1:10–2:00 pm:
How Romantic Love Developed in the Georgian Era (1714–1830) (DiAnn Ellis)
An Accomplished Woman: How a Story Evolves (Rivkah & Jason Penarelli)
East Bay Romance Readers: How to Start a Book Club around Romance Novels (Elise Washington and Heather Johnson)

2:10–3:00 pm:
Country Dancing with Cassiane Vlahos (ends at 3:30 pm)
Science in the Time of Austen: From the Planet George to Darwin’s Galapagos (Anne Krause & Tony Dobro)
Romantic Fashions of Jane Austen’s Era (Annie Coulter and Tony Inson)

3:10–4:00 pm:
How English Dance Evolved: Performance (The Academy of Danse Libre) (3:30–4:00 pm)
Make a Lavender Sachet: Jane Austen Style or Lover’s Eye Brooch (DiAnn Ellis)
Non-Internet, or Jane Austen’s Rules on Dating (Joy Prevost)

Download the AustenFest program flyer


Save the dates for 2018

Saturday, March 10 – JASNA NorCal Quarterly Meeting – CANCELLED
Saturday, June 23 – JASNA NorCal Quarterly Meeting
Saturday, September 15 – JASNA NorCal Quarterly Meeting
September 28–30  – AGM in Kansas City, MO
December 8 – JASNA NorCal Quarterly Meeting


The Bay Area English Regency Society

2018 Balls have been scheduled:

  • Jan 27th at Island City Lodge, Alameda – Cyprians Ball
  • April 21st at Arlington Church Social Hall – Northanger Abbey
  • September 15th at San Mateo Masonic Hall – Frankenstein

Santa Barbara Country Dance Society