“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

Fanny Price, Mansfield Park


“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.”


“Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint.”

Sophia, Love and Friendship

“I suppose there may be a hundred different ways of being in love.”

Emma Woodhouse, Emma


“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid.”

Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” 

Elizabeth Bennet on Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility

Upcoming Events


Book Group: Lover’s Vows

Updated Date: Sunday, November 19, 2023
Author: Elizabeth Inchbold & August von Kotzebue
Facilitator: Lynn Harlan
Location: Zoom – contact Susan Burnett at slcburnett@gmail.com
Time: 3p.m.

*Available for free on Project Gutenberg!



Jane’s Birthday Meeting: Fashion’s Transition in Jane Austen’s Lifetime

Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Location: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Parish House
43 Foreside Road, Falmouth
10:30am  Registration
11:00 am Presentation
12:00pm Lunch, Birthday Cake, and Toasts
Member Profile: TBA
Business Meeting and Reports
Remarks by Susan Claska Burnett, Regional Coordinator

Learn how, during Jane Austen’s lifetime, fashion underwent one of the most extreme changes to ever occur in the history of Western (European) women’s dress. This illustrated talk will adventure through the changes and consider them in the social context and custom of this period––the backdrop of Jane Austen’s novels.

About our speaker: A recent JASNA member, Jacqueline Field is a textile and dress historian and author. She taught at USM and Westbrook College, is now retired, but remains active in her field. She was a speaker for Maine Historical Society’s (2022)
costume exhibition Northern Threads and authored the MHS Historic Dress Collection narrative and site overview for the Society’s MMN portal, accessible online where clothes from the Jane Austen era may be seen. Jacqueline is the author of the new book, Textiles & Designs: Bates Mill 1930-1990, (2020), and co-author of the award-winning book, American Silk, 1830-1930, (2007), and numerous articles.

Registration: Please register in advance by December 14 to ensure sufficient tables, chairs, and refreshments. Click Here to Register

Please email Terri Nickel to let her know whether you can bring a salad and/or if you are willing to help with setup, serving, or cleanup. Terri would appreciate alternatives to tossed green salads, such as vegetable slaws, fruit salads, pasta salads, etc. In addition to a variety of quiches, we will provide beverages and birthday cake.

For any questions, please email janeite2@gmail.com.

Book Group: Mansfield Park

Date: Sunday, February 11, 2024
Author: Jane Austen
Facilitator: Susan Burnett
Location: Zoom – contact Susan Burnett at slcburnett@gmail.com
Time: 3p.m.

*Available for free on Project Gutenberg!



Save the Date: September 2024: Promenade in Bath, Maine – meeting site and date TBD



Past Events

Jane’s Birthday Meeting: “Domestic and Public Music Making in the Age of Austen”

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022

Location: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 43 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105

Speaker: Justin Murphy-Mancini, Ph.D., is an artist faculty member for organ at the Osher School of Music at the University of Southern Maine. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where he earned degrees in historical performance, organ, composition, and philosophy. Justin is a keyboardist, composer, and liturgical musician who specializes in the performance of music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque at the organ and harpsichord. He is Music Director at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Newburyport, MA and also performs as a musician throughout New England.
Click Here to check out Justin’s YouTube Channel before the event! 

10:30 am Registration
11:00 am Presentation and Q & A
12:00 pm  Lunch, Birthday Cake, Toasts, Raffle
Member Profile: Lynn Harlan
Business Meeting and Reports
Remarks by Susan Claska Burnett, Regional Coordinator

Book Group: Jane Austen the Secret Radical

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Author: Helena Kelly
Facilitator: Barbara Briggs




Book Group: Juvenilia of Jane Austen

Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023
Author: Jane Austen
Facilitator: Misty Krueger





Historic House Tour

 Date: Sunday, June 18, 2023
Location: Hamilton House (c. 1785)
40 Vaughan’s Lane, South Berwick, Maine
10:00 am Guided House and Garden Tour
11:45 am Bring your own lunch and picnic on the grounds



In a picturesque setting overlooking the Salmon Falls River, this striking Georgian
mansion, a National Landmark c. 1785, and its landscape share a history that mirrors
that of its Southern Maine region. Hamilton House is located on the homeland of the
Wabanaki. After European colonists took ownership of the area known as South
Berwick, Maine, the site was purchased by merchant Jonathan Hamilton for his
shipping business in the eighteenth century, farmed by the Goodwin family in the
nineteenth century, and restored as the summer retreat of Emily Tyson and her
stepdaughter Elise at the turn of the twentieth.

Quilling Program at Falmouth Memorial Library

Updated Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: Falmouth Memorial Library
5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, Maine
1:30 – 2:00pm Registration
2:00 – 2:30pm Presentation
2:30 – 3:30pm Craft & Refreshments

Learn a little bit about the history of quilling before diving into the craft and making your own filigreed note card, ornament, or piece of jewelry to take home.

Quilling or filigree was a popular pastime for ladies in Regency England. Common items like jewelry boxes, screens, picture frames, and tea chests were often adorned with filigree accents.

From Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 23:
“…I should have been at my filigree already…”

About our speaker: A life member of JASNA, Lynn Harlan joined the ranks of Austen aficionados in 2011. A reference librarian at Bangor Public Library, Lynn has led library programs and book discussions about Jane Austen for multiple libraries throughout the United States. She has taught classes on Children’s Literature and led professional development sessions on Library Partnerships, Blackout Poetry, #MeToo, Afrofuturism, and Soothing Reads for Stressful Times. Lynn’s favorite Austen novel has been Sense and Sensibility since she picked up her first copy for fifty cents at Scholastic Book Fair in junior high school.

This free event is co-sponsored with Falmouth Memorial Library.


Book Group: Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Author: Maria Grace
Facilitator: Misty Krueger
Location: Zoom – contact Susan Burnett at slcburnett@gmail.com
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Available on Kindle Unlimited or Audible.