Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fall JASNA Meeting Features Field Trip to Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

Since the theme of JASNA's 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is "Living in Jane Austen's World," the program committee thought a trip to Andrew Jackson's Hermitage might complement and enhance the information presented for Middle TN JASNA members.who were able to attend the AGM as well as for others who were unable to make the trip to Louisville in October.

Although Andrew Jackson's "world" on the frontier of Tennessee seems far removed from Jane Austen's "world" in Regency England, their lives overlapped in history as well as in other ways.  Jackson's career as a general in the American Army during the War of 1812 contrasts with Austen's interest in  Britain's Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.  Although Jackson married, he had no children, so his family consisted of adopted children, some of whom were children of relatives.  Likewise, Austen never married, but was extremely close to her nephews and nieces.  Most importantly, Andrew Jackson and Jane Austen were both eloquent writers.  We know about Austen's ironic humor and deep understanding of human foibles in her classic novels, but Andrew Jackson was also a powerful writer and witty raconteur.

We hope that you will attend JASNA's Fall Meeting at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage on Sunday, Oct.18 from 2:00-4:00 pm. 

If you would like to eat a light snack/luncheon prior to the tour, The Kitchen Cafe will be open. Those who wish to eat together can do so @ 1:00 pm. We will meet in the lobby of the Visitor's Center and begin our tour promptly at 2:00 PM.

Cost is $20.00 for General Admission.  
For driving directions to The Hermitage as well as other information, go to the Hermitage Website at: or contact Mildred Tilley at:

JASNA Members Get "Crafty" at Summer Meeting

Mildred Tilley proudly shows off her newly made Jane Austen collage

Led by expert crafter and JASNA member, Debbie Carrell, JASNA members spent a lovely July afternoon making unique Jane Austen collages using various mediums including:  paint, tissue paper, cloth, ribbon, ink,  rubber stamping, etc.  For those of us who were new to crafting, we were amazed at what we were capable of doing under Debbie's expert tutelage and organization of a plethora of materials.  In addition to enjoying the craft workshop, attendees were treated to wonderful snacks and beverages provided by hostess, Connie Little, at her Franklin-area home situated on a verdant hill that might be the perfect backdrop for a movie re-make of Sense and Sensibility!  Thanks again, Debbie and Connie!!