2004 Annual General Meeting

Jane Austen Society of North America

October 7-10, 2004
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, California

Anne Elliot in the City: Interior and Exterior Worlds


Thursday Evening Activities

Jaunt to Early Los Angeles with ‘Freinds’ Old and New
Thursday, October 7, 2004  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Longtime Los Angeles residents and JASNA members, Susan (JASNA Southwest Regional Coordinator) and Lee (JASNA Publications Secretary and co-webmaster) Ridgeway invite you to join them for dinner and a quick tour of old Los Angeles. Olvera Street They will take Janeites on a short subway ride to Union Station.  Built in 1939, this beautiful train station merges Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco architecture.  After a brief tour, Susan and Lee will take the group across the street to El Pueblo de La Reina de Los Angeles, where the City of Angels was officially born on September 4, 1781, just a few years after Jane herself.  El Pueblo Historic Monument, known as Olvera Street, contains twenty-seven historic buildings, and a traditional Mexican style plaza filled with restaurants and shops filled with handcrafted Mexican wares.  A five minute walk will take the crowd to Phillipe's, a Los Angeles institution since the Twenties, where the portions are bountiful and tasty and the prices paltry.  Reputed to be the home of the French Dip Sandwich, Phillipe's has sawdust on the floor and large communal tables at which to sit with friends old and new.  Janeites will have a hard time picking from items like homemade stews, freshly-made sandwiches and even magenta pickled eggs!  Many Angelenos say Phillipe's homemade desserts like coconut custard pie and baked apples are the best in town.  Don’t miss out on the fun!

  “The visit was paid, their acquaintance re-established, their interest in each other more than re-kindled.”

Jane ‘n’ Jammies
Thursday, October 7, 2004  9:00 pm to ???

When was the last time you had an opportunity to share your personal observations about Jane Austen’s novels with others who love them as much as you do, in a relaxed and comfortable setting?  On Thursday night, you’ll get your chance!  During our “Jane ‘n’ Jammies” event, Janeites will be hosting informal discussions in their hotel rooms.  You and your new friends will be sitting on beds and pillows, eating goodies, and talking about the characters in the Austen novels as though they were your best (or worst) friends.  One hotel room, hosted by some of our young adult members, will be especially reserved for “Young Janeites.”  We’ll be discussing topics such as:  who would you rather have as your best friend, Anne Elliot or Elizabeth Bennet, Frederick Wentworth or Fitzwilliam Darcy?  Who would be your idea of a nightmare roommate:  Sir William, Mr. Collins, or . . . ?  Mary Musgrove, Miss Bates, or . . . ?  Was Captain Wentworth justified in quitting Lyme Regis when Louisa Musgrove was still in danger?  Is Anne Elliot Cinderella?  What was your reaction on first reading Jane Austen?

You need’t wear pajamas; comfortable loungewear or sweats will do.  Just come prepared to pass the evening in Los Angeles among friends,--old and new—who, like Anne Elliot, enjoy “the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation.”

 “My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.”

Burney Society Conference

LAPL Children's Dept.The Burney Society Conference will be held at the Los Angeles Central Library on Thursday, October 7, from 9 to 5. The conference will be followed by an evening affair at the Biltmore from 6 to 10.  Dinner will be followed by a reading of Burney's Love and Fashion.

Molland’s of Milsom-street Book and Mercantile Emporium

Linger and browse at our book and mercantile emporium, Molland’s of Milsom- street.  You may not be in time to observe the accidental meeting of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth, but plenty of other delights await you there. Margaret Mannatt’s Fine Books and Collectibles will be featured, as well as Mela Hoyt- Hayden’s hats! The merchandise of several local vendors and costumers, as well as unique items from various JASNA Regions, will be on display and available for purchase.  And of course Pat Latkin of Jane Austen Books will tempt you with her fabulous array of books, tapes, sheet music, videos and other Austen-related wares.

Rare Book Exhibit at the Los Angeles Central Library

Rare and interesting books from the collections of Lucy Magruder and the Los Angeles Central Library will be on display during library hours. A short walk from the hotel will take you to this historic 1926 library which was rebuilt and restored in 1993. For pictures and information go to www.lapl.org.    Choose: 1).  About LAPL,    2).  Central Library,    3).  Art and Architecture

Women's Apparel Workshops
Mela Hoyt-Hayden’s Regency Turbans and Hair Decorations
Friday, October 8, 2004  9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Milliner and professional costume designer Mela Hoyt-Heydon is head of the costume design program at Fullerton College.  Her hats and bonnets have graced such silver screen productions as Vanity Fair, Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility.  She will assist participants in creating their own headpieces/turbans with a little velvet, silk and satin suitable for the ball (and to disguise that modern haircut).  Techniques for creating simple Regency ladies’ turbans and hair decorations will be demonstrated with samples available for trying on.  Participants may want to bring their own scissors, pins and hand sewing needles. Limit: 25  Materials fee: $25.00.

Regency Reticules: No Fashionable Lady Would Be Without One!
Friday, October 8, 2004  9:00 am to 10:30 am

Rebecca Morrison-Peck is a historical costumer who specialized in 19th century women’s clothing.  She makes costumes and reproductions for individuals and institutions such as museums and National Park sites, using accurate, period techniques.  Limit: 25.   Materials fee: $25.00 

Rediscovering the Lost Art of Ribbon Flower Making with Margaret Philips
Friday, October 8, 2004  10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Margaret Philips,
textile artist and graduate of the City and Guilds of London, will teach participants how to transform silk and velvet ribbon into a dainty bouquet to adorn their attire. Limit: 25  Materials fee: $25.00

Theatrical Presentation of School for Scandal

“Anne’s mind was in a most favorable state for the entertainment of the evening.”

Mark Taper Auditorium

Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Central Library

There is no doubt about Jane Austen's own passion for the stage. She went to the theatre in London and Bath whenever she could, acted in private theatricals, and wrote a number of her early works in play form. On Friday night, conference goers will have the chance to partake in Jane’s passion. Following Dr. Byrne's discussion of the importance of the theatre in Jane Austen's life and work, conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend a play in which Jane herself is reputed to have performed. The Twelfth-Day Players will perform Richard Sheridan's School for Scandal in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the historic Los Angeles Central Library. The novelist Charlotte M. Younge wrote in 1898 that Sir William Heathcote of Hursley Park, Hampshire, "remembered being at a Twelfth day party where Jane Austen drew the character of Mrs. Candour, and assumed the part with great spirit."  This state-of-the art auditorium, just across the street from the Biltmore Hotel,  seats only 285, so early registration is a must for theatre-lovers. Fee $20.

Exclusive Pre-Release Screening of Bride and Prejudice

Bride and Prejudice
On Friday night, conference goers will also have the choice of being taken by chartered buses to the Chaplin Theatre, on the Raleigh Studios movie lot in Hollywood, to attend a pre-release screening of Bride and Prejudice, arranged exclusively for attendees by Miramax. This film is not scheduled to be released until December 25 in Los Angeles. Bend it Like Beckham’s  Gurinder Chadha audaciously reinvents P & P as a contemporary Bollywood musical, in which music, dance & spectacle merge with love, vanity and social pressures as Chadha transports the comic tale of a witty young woman trying to find a suitable husband to a cross-cultural setting that spans 21st century India, London and LA. Stars India’s top screen actress Aishwarya Rai and Australian actor Martin Henderson. Fee $20.

"Conversation and Lunch with Karen Joy Fowler"

Karen Joy Fowler

photo credit Kieran Ridge
We are pleased to say that Karen Joy Fowler, the author of the best seller "The Jane Austen Book Club," will be speaking and interacting with her audience during lunch on Saturday between 12:30 and 1:00.  Sign up for a box lunch and enjoy yourself!

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of two story collections and three novels, the third of which, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award.  Her debut novel Sarah Canary, published in 1991, won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian.  Her first two novels, Sarah Canary and The Sweetheart Season, were named
Notable Books by The New York Times, and her short story collection, Black Glass, won the World Fantasy Award in 1999.  She is the recipient of the 2004 Nebula Award for her short story, "What I Didn't See."

Banquet and Regency Ball

“There has been music, singing, talking, laughing, all that was most agreeable.”

Crystal Ballroom
Crystal Ballroom
The traditional Saturday night banquet will be held in the dazzling Crystal Ballroom with its Austrian crystal chandeliers, balconies and hand-painted thirty-foot ceilings. After dinner, a row of French doors will be thrown open to the spacious Tiffany Room, similar to  assembly rooms found in many English towns, which will provide ample room for 
Tiffany Ballroom
Tiffany Room
both the Costume Parade and the traditional Regency Ball. Our ball will be presided over by James Hutson, the most highly recommended call for English Country Dance in the Southern California area. He will be accompanied by live musicians.  Prepped by attendance at one of our dance lessons—you will be ready to take your place in the set.

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