Program of Events

The Eastern Pennsylvania Region of JASNA holds three or four meetings a year. Our meetings are typically held in March or April (spring meeting), June (summer meeting), September (autumn meeting) and December (winter meeting). Specific dates in any year may fluctuate to account for holidays and the availability of speakers and sites of interest to JASNA members and their guests. JASNA members affiliated with the Region will receive up-to-date information about the Region's events through e-mail notices and Bits and Scraps, the Region's quarterly newletter. Some meetings may be open only to members of JASNA. If you are not a member of JASNA, we encourage you to join by visiting the JASNA Membership Page.

In 2017, the Region's meeting dates are: March 4th (spring meeting); June 11th (summer meeting); September 24th (autumn meeting); and Sunday, December 3rd (winter meeting).

2017 Region Events

Spring Meeting

Whispering in Her Ear: The Sonnets of William Shakespeare
Luncheon and Presentation by Darrel Walters, Ph.D.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
11:30 AM — 3:30 PM
Joseph Ambler Inn
Bonniemeade Room
1005 Horsham Road
North Wales, PA 19454

Shakespeare and Austen


After a delicious lunch (with a choice of entrée) at the historic Joseph Ambler Inn, former Temple University professor Darrel Walters will delight us with a talk about Jane Austen's admiration of William Shakespeare. Although Austen lived two hundred years after the Bard, she was greatly influenced by his writings, especially his sonnets. Dr. Walters will reveal places in Austen's works that reflect this influence and will interpret and recite, for our enjoyment, the corresponding sonnets. "Anyone can put words on paper" says Walters, "but only a few preeminent authors — Shakespeare and Austen among them — offer readers a treasure trove of the kind of fun that Frost writes about [when he says], 'all the fun's in how you say a thing.'"

Darrel WaltersAbout our guest speaker: Dr. Darrel Walters, a former educator with his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, retired recently to a writing career from a professorship at Temple University, where he chair of the Music Education and Music Therapy program. In addition to his concentration in music, Dr. Walters has had a life-long passion for great literature and writing. He has published books on writing and education assessment, a book for teens, and a collection of children's verses. In 2016, his book, The Wit and Wisdom of Shakespeare: 32 Sonnets Made Thoroughly Accessible was published by Rowman and Littlefield. A collection of poetry by Dr. Walters is awaiting publication.

Meeting fees:
$25 for JASNA members
$35 for non-JASNA members

Fee includes three-course luncheon with a mixed green salad, tea and coffee and a choice of entrée and dessert

Entrée choices:

Dessert choices:

Registration for this program is now closed

Summer Meeting

From Hampshire to Haverford — Jane Austen, Autograph Collection, and One Letter's Journey

Luncheon and Talk by Sarah Horowitz, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Haverford College

Saturday, June 11
12 PM — 3 PM
Haverford College
370 West Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041

Sarah Horowitz

We will view and hear the story of the Jane Austen letter in the collection of Haverford College

Details to come

Autumn Meeting

What Jane Saw at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Tour of the Museum's British Art and Architecture Collection

Sunday, September 24, 2017
11 AM

The Woodlands

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Details to come

Winter Meeting

Jane Austen Talks About Turning 242- A Celebration of Her Life and Legacy

Our annual birthday party for Jane with our usual food, fun and games

Sunday, December 3, 2017
1 PM - 4 PM
Rosemont College
1400 Montgomery Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010

Details to come

Photo Credit: Photographs courtesy of our speakers