|Despite "steamy" weather, JASNA members enjoy a delightful picnic in the Presidential Courtyard at Belmont U.|
Dr. Douglas Murray, professor of English at Belmont University and noted Austen lecturer, delivered a lively and substantive talk about Jane Austen's novel, Emma, on Sunday, June 23 in the Massey Board Room at Belmont. "The True Story of Box Hill, or What's a Nice Girl Like Emma doing in a Place Like That?" was the provocative title Dr. Murray gave to his talk which proved to be a little provocative itself! Twenty six JASNA members enjoyed Dr. Murray's presentation which was liberally illustrated with his own photos of Box Hill as well as other slides to illustrate points about the setting, characters, etc. in Emma. Following the presentation, JASNA members walked to Belmont's Presidential Garden, an intimate courtyard shaded by trees and various plantings to enjoy a potluck picnic lunch. Besides fruits, salads and desserts, Jo Ann Staples shared special delicacies mentioned in Emma (Stilton cheese, butter, celery and beets).
Caroline Davis's tasty mini-cupcakes and Yvonne Boyer's cream-filled dates were also desserts which would have gotten "rave reviews" from Miss Bates had she been fortunate to attend.