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. 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
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
and browse at
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.”
Exclusive Pre-Release Screening of Bride and Prejudice
"Conversation and Lunch with Karen Joy Fowler"
Banquet and Regency Ball
“There has been music, singing, talking, laughing, all that was most agreeable.”
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