The Idaho Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America was organized in 1994. Meetings are held four times each year in Boise, Idaho. For membership information, please visit For information about meetings, please contact Cheryl Russell-Griebenow, Idaho Regional Coordinator, at

Our 20th Annual Tea Honoring Jane Austen's Birth

On snowy Saturday, December 7, JASNA-Idaho welcomed 120 members and guests to honor Jane Austen's birth.  This annual event included a tea and featured guest speaker Carrie Bebris.

The Grove Hotel Ballroom
The ballroom at the Grove Hotel in downtown Boise was decorated with lighted Christmas trees.  Tables were decorated with poinsettias and framed quotes from Austen's novels.  Music by harpist Alexander Combs delighted listeners.

Guests were greeted by Katelyn Holland and Karin Holland, who coordinated registration. Inside the ballroom, guests browsed the book and gift sale managed by Cheryl Russell-Griebenow and Kristine Kendall. Guests purchased raffle tickets for gift baskets prepared by Nanci Fritschle.

Tea service included scones with cream and lemon curd,  finger sandwiches, pastries and tea.

Pastries served with tea
Carrie Bebris
Our guest speaker, Carrie Bebris, traveled to Boise from Dayton, Ohio.  Carrie is the author of the "Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery" series.  Her fascinating presentation was entitled "We Met By Appointment: Dueling and the Code of Honor in Jane Austen's Time." Carrie used examples from Austen's novels and scenes from movies to explain the code that governed dueling. Carrie answered a number of questions from audience members.  Following her presentation, Carrie signed books for guests.

Susana Ossandon coordinated publicity for the tea.  Monica Van Bussum designed table decorations and served as treasurer. Cheryl Neruda photographed the event.

The Jane Austen Book Club

Tuesday, January 9 - Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)
Tuesday, March 13 - Jane Austen's Prayers edited by Terry Glaspey (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)
Tuesday, May 8 - Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room Boise)
Tuesday, July 10 - The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)
Tuesday, September 11 - Persuasion by Jane Austen(7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)
Tuesday, November 14 - At Home by Bill Bryson (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)

The Jane Austen Book Club meets six times each year to discuss books by, about and because of Jane Austen. For information about book club meetings, contact Monica Van Bussum at