December is party month for Janeites, with the big event coming up in a couple of weeks: Jane Austen’s Birthday! Keep an eye out here on AustenBlog for some celebratory activities.
For Janeites in the U.S. and Canada, we strongly encourage you to check out your local JASNA region. Chances are very good that they are sponsoring a Birthday event or celebration, and many welcome non-members to try an event to see if they will enjoy becoming a JASNA member. (Hint: if you’re reading this blog, you probably will.) Turn off the computer and go meet some Janeites!
Here is a list of other upcoming events of interest to Jane Austen fans.
Through December 6, Bath, UK
What: The Northern Ballet Theatre presents Georgian-set production of The Nutcracker
Where: Theatre Royal Bath
When: 7:30 p.m.
Info: Tickets £18.50-39.50, available online
Dec 2-20, Sedalia, Missouri
What: Sedalia Celebrating Jane Austen
Where: Boonslick Regional Library, Sedalia Branch
Tuesday, Dec. 2nd, 4pm, Movie “Becoming Jane”
Thursday, Dec. 4th, 4 pm, Book discussion “Sense & Sensibility”
This book will be provided by the library free to the first 19 people!
Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2pm, Movie: “Sense & Sensibility”
Tuesday, Dec. 9th, 4pm, Movie: “The Jane Austen Book Club”
Thursday, Dec. 11th, 4pm, Book Discussion “Pride & Prejudice”
Saturday, Dec. 13th, 2pm, Movie: “Pride & Prejudice”
Tuesday, Dec. 16th, 4pm, Jane Austen Birthday Party
Thursday, Dec. 18th 4pm, Book Discussion “Emma”
Saturday, Dec. 20th, 2pm, Movie: “Emma”
December 3-6, Portsmouth, UK
What: Northanger Abbey on Stage
Where: New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk
When: Evenings 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinee 2:30 p.m.
Info: Tickets £6-10, available online
December 4-7, Santa Rosa, Florida
What: Pace High School Drama Department presents Pride and Prejudice
Where: High school drama room
When: Nightly 7 p.m. through Saturday, Sunday at 3 p.m.
Info: (850) 995-3600 extension 1159
December 6, Iowa City, Iowa
What: English Country Dance
Where: Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St.
When: 7-9 p.m.
Info: All ages are welcome. A $5 donation is requested for the musicians.
December 6, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
What: Book signing with Diane Wilkes, author of The Tarot of Jane Austen, and Margaret C. Sullivan, author of The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World
Where: Barnes & Noble, the Metroplex, 2300 Chemical Road
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Info: Come out and meet the Editrix! And Diane tells us she will do a one-card tarot reading for anyone who buys a Jane Austen tarot deck. We are informed there will be a marching band on the premises as well. This is exciting news for ex-band geeks like your humble servant.
December 10, Odessa, Delaware
What: Margaret C. Sullivan speaks on Christmas traditions in Jane Austen’s time
Where: Historic Odessa Foundation and will sign copies of her book, The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World
When: 7-9 p.m.
Info: We would love to meet AustenBlog readers at this event!
December 11, Provo, Utah
What: Staged reading of new stage adaptation of Persuasion by Melissa Leilani Larson.
Where: Provo Theatre Company, 105 E 100 N
When: 7:30 p.m.
Info: Tickets are $5 at the door, all donations are tax-deductible.