|Ready for the sherry toast!|
Friday, April 14, 2017
The chapter celebrated "A Regency Christmas" at the festive home of Judy Isaac. Andrea Hearn led an audience-participation afternoon of holiday customs concerning decorations, food, and amusements, followed by a spirited game of Christmas-themed "Who Am I?". The meeting culminated with a moving birthday toast by Pat McGraw, referencing an 1808 Austen poem: "Which one of us here today will ever forget Jane Austen, 'a friend and ornament of human kind'?"
"Don't Try This at Home: Household Remedies from the Regency Era" was the eye-opening subject of Jo Ann Staples' presentation in February, given at Montgomery Bell Academy. Jo Ann, who debuted her work at the 2015 AGM, explained the herbs, spirits, comestibles, minerals, animals, and charms employed in medical treatments of the day, and cited diseases and disorders in Austen's novels, minor works and letters (potentially hazardous coughs and colds were the most cited ailment, far outpacing fever and bilious attacks).