|Rev Henry Tilney at the Team Tilney event.|
After this we spent some time outside in the glorious Portland sunshine, which I understand is quite rare. Mount Hood and it's snow-capped peak was visible in the distance and the trees are just starting to change color. We had a great lunch and then sauntered back (slowly) for the afternoon sessions.
The first lecture was Stephanie Barron, a writer of Jane Austen mysteries, speaking about "Elements of Mystery in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey". Made me want to buy her new book Jane and The Madness of Lord Byron.
Then we all went to different breakout sessions. Our first was on Magic and Muslin, a very entertaining presentation by an unlikely speaker, James Ashley of the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State. A thoroughly intriguing subject, even if the Austen connection was a stretch. Didn't matter a whit. Lots of lively ladies ready for some fun, including the one of whom I took a photo, as her dress was so pretty (her own design).
|Sherrean Rundberg, of San Mateo, CA|
We then went out in the gorgeous sunshine on a special mission for my niece, to get photos of Beverly Cleary's neighborhood in Portland where she set her Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby books. Photos will follow in a special "Why I now love Portland" blog.
Finished the day with a trip to the famous Powell's book store, where I found this lovely lady on sale for only 10 dollars. Who knew there was a Jane Austen action figure. Only in Portland. Keep it weird Portland!