Past Diversions Gallery


” Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it. “

Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea

Saturday, December 15, 2018
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Pittsburgh Friends’ Meeting House

After enjoying delightful tea with the most wonderful delicacies, we continued our celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Northanger Abbey by reading the following scripted selections from the novel: Catherine & Isabella and the two young men from Chapter 6; marriage versus dancing from Chapter 10;  Blaize Castle from Chapter 11;  the walk to Beechen Cliff from Chapter 14;  and Henry Tilney’s Gothic Parody from Chapter 20.    It was excessively diverting!

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Mrs Smith, had shewn her kindness in one of those periods of her life when it had been most valuable.

Friendship in Persuasion Luncheon Michael Lewis, Speaker 

Saturday, October 27, 2018
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Wyndham University Center
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We continued our celebration of 200 years of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey with a talk considering Anne Elliot’s relationships with Lady Russell and Mrs. Smith.  What do these ties, not based on blood or romance, tell us about Austen’s views of family, the social order, and literary art at the end of her career?  A lively discussion ensued debating the merits of the characters.

Michael Lewis is an assistant professor at Washington and Jefferson College, where he teaches and writes on nineteenth-century British literature from Austen to Dickens to Wilde.

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 Group trip to Kate Hamill’s version of  Pride and Prejudice 

Sunday,  October 14, 2018
2:00 pm
Pittsburgh Public Theater

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Regency Dancing with the Country Dance and Song Society of Pittsburgh 

Saturday, September 15, 2018
7:15 – 10 pm
Pittsburgh Friends’ Meeting House

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Northanger Abbey

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Jane Austen Festival –  March 2017

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