The New York JASNA branch held a very tempting weekend conference March 21-22 in Tarrytown, NY, and I was fortunately able to attend, tying it in with a family visit. Tarrytown is such a pretty, old community on the Hudson River, spectacular in springtime, but New York’s long winter this year meant that springtime had definitely not arrived in time for the Jane Austen event. Nevertheless it was a most beautiful conference and I thought I’d share some of my impressions and pictures.
The weekend was spent at Tarrytown House, a most attractive and luxurious estate, and the speakers included Jeremy Mussen, who spoke on Homes in Jane Austen’s Novels, Kim Wilson who spoke about both food and gardens in the novels, the hilarious Albert Roberts who gave a gory and witty presentation as a “Regency doctor.”
There was a side trip to the beautiful old home of author Washington Irving, Sunnyside (top picture) and much more. For me, the best part was meeting far-flung old friends and Janeites, notably fellow Austen Variations writer Abigail Reynolds, former JASNA President Marcia Huff, and Persuasions editor Susan Allen Ford. From banquet to costume parade, the whole weekend was a delight.