December 14 Meeting, 2019

10:30 am Registration 11:00 am Panel Discussion 12:00 noon Lunch, birthday cake, toasts 

1:00 pm Business meeting 1:15 pm “The Traveling Companions” A Play in One Act 

(with apologies to Jane Austen) by W.P. Hamilton)

RSVP by December 7 to Sheila McGarr by email: or phone 207-878-3459, or mail form below, with check, to 148 Hennessey Dr., Portland, ME 04103. Register online at


JASNA-Maine December 14, 2019 Meeting – Registration Form 




Meeting fee: $15 per member ($5 for students) $________ 

$20 for non-members $ ________ Guests are welcome! Total $ ________ Checks for the meeting fee are payable to JASNA-Maine 


_____I will bring a _______________ salad to the meeting 

_____I can help with serving ____I can help with cleanup 

Jane Austen Society of North America–Maine Region Jane’s Birthday Meeting Saturday, December 14, 2019 

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Parish House 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth 

Panel Discussion on Northanger Abbey Panelists: Wayne Olsen, Linda Perkins, Bill Sayres 

Please contact Linda Perkins to let her know if you can bring a salad and/or if you will be available to help with setup, serving or cleanup: 

Linda Perkins 207-847-3194 or 

She would especially appreciate alternatives to tossed green salads, such as slaws, fruit salads or molded salads! 

We will provide beverages (still and sparkling water, cider, and sparkling cider for toast). 


A Message from our Regional Coordinator, Barbara Briggs: 

As noted on the invitation, both Jane Austen’s birthday and Northanger Abbey will be celebrated on December 14. Our panel will no doubt give us fresh insights of Catherine Morland and her adventures in Bath and at the Abbey. I’ll be rereading NA because there is always a detail found in rereading that I overlooked or forgot from my last reading and I want to fully appreciate those ideas that our panel might put forth. Best reason of all, settling into NA promises calm, retreat from world chaos, release of tense muscles and embrace of delicious ease. 

“Oh, it is only a novel!” you might quote, but what a novel, “…only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.” As only Jane could write it. 

New Members 

We extend a warm welcome to the following people who have joined JASNA-National in recent months and chosen Maine as one of their Regions: 

Upcoming Events – 2020 

Saturday, April 25 

Saturday, September 12 

Saturday, December 12 

The sketch on page 1 is scanned from a postcard with the notation: Seascape with “Jane Austen” and Ram Island Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It is by William Hamilton, longtime JASNA member formerly of our Region. 

JASNA-Maine Region Executive Committee 

Barbara Briggs, Regional Coordinator 207-761-1593 Sheila McGarr, Treasurer & Membership 207-878-3459 Kathy Whitmore, Program Chair 207-274-0146 Gail Burnett, Consultant 207-324-1596 Judith Clarke, Publicity & Mailings 207-737-2406 Linda Perkins, Hospitality 207-847-3194 Karen McGehee Webb, Social Media 207-651-6606 Pamelia Strayer, Website 207-781-2566 

Hospitality Committee: Karin Jackson & Ann Standridge 

Directions to St. Mary’s, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth 

From the North: 

Take I-295 S for 17.8 miles 

Take Exit 10 (US-1/Falmouth/ME-9/Bucknam Rd), go 0.4 miles 

Keep left to take the ramp toward Falmouth 

Turn left onto Bucknam Rd 

Turn right onto US-1 S 

Turn left onto Depot Rd 

Turn right onto ME-88 S/ Foreside Rd 

St. Mary’s is on the left 

Your destination is 0.1 miles past Waites Landing Rd. If you reach 

Colonial Village, you’ve gone about 0.2 miles too far. 

From the South: 

Take I-295 N toward Falmouth 

Merge onto US-1 N via Exit 9 toward Falmouth Foreside – go 2 miles 

Turn slight right onto Foreside Rd/ME-88 

St. Mary’s is on the right 

Your destination is 0.2 miles past Colonial Village. If you reach 

Waites Landing Rd., you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far.