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Dickens Birthday Luncheon - February 7, 2017

Please join us as we celebrate the 205th anniversary of Dickens’ birthday on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:00-3:00 p.m. at the l’Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant, 273 rue Saint Paul Est.  We have reserved their lovely back room.  Meals are ordered separately, but we will provide the birthday cake and have a toast to the “Immortal Memory”.  Margaret Nicolai and Judith Elson will be entertaining us with selections from “Barnaby Rudge”.

Secrets of The Six Wives Sunday, January 22, 2017

Will be aired on: PBS Plattsburgh WCFE 650/50  22:00-23:00 

Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley travels back in time to the Tudor Court of England’s Henry VIII to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of his six wives. Combining drama based on eyewitness accounts and historical sources with Lucy’s own contemporary historical commentary, it is these women’s stories that Lucy sets out to uncover, witness, and explore.

Christmas Luncheon December 6, 2016

A summary of the luncheon together with Helen Remai’s Cheese Spread recipe and Margaret Nicolai’s Ginger Bread recipe can be found under Past Meetings

Victoria - Series on PBS premieres on Jan. 15/17

See the highly anticipated premiere on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 9/8c. In 1837, a diminutive, neglected teenager is crowned Queen Victoria, navigates the scandal, corruption, and political intrigues of the Court, and soon rises to become the most powerful woman in the world. Victoria stars Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Queen Victoria in a highly anticipated series that follows the drama of the candid, spirited monarch who was perhaps the first woman to seem to have it all.

Following Victoria from the time she becomes Queen through her passionate courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, the lavish premiere season of Victoria dramatizes the romance and reign of the girl behind the famous monarch.  

In addition to Ms. Coleman, the stellar ensemble includes Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Zen, The Pillars of the Earth) as Lord Melbourne, her first prime minister and intimate friend and Tom Hughes (Page Eight, Dancing on the Edge) as her husband Prince Albert.


Montreal Welsh Male Choir concert - December 14, 2016

Andrew Macdougall extends an invitation to attend 
The Montreal Welsh Male Choir concert (he is a member)  on Wednesday, December 14th at 19:30 at Victoria Hall in Westmount.
It will consist of Christmas songs (some in Welsh) and some readings.
Tickets are $20, either through Andrew or at the door.
See details below:


Review - Reading - Andrew Macdougall Nov. 25/16

Above is a picture of Andrew reading  " A Cricket on the Hearth“ in the character of Charles Dickens. It was his own adaptation of Dickens’s Christmas story written especially for performance. What an excellent job!  He really transported his audience backwards in time to the Victorian era. His many voices and characterizations were highly entertaining. Laughter and tears abounded! What a great start to the holiday season! Thank-You Andrew!

Reading - Andrew Macdougall - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 2 p.m.


For the past few years Andrew Macdougall has been doing Charles Dickens impersonations – Andrew performs one or more of the “readings” Dickens used to give which were adaptations of extracts from his books and stories. These aren’t just “readings”, they are performances.

The next one Andrew will be doing is rather special – it is “The Cricket on the Hearth”, one of Dickens’ Christmas stories. It is special because Dickens’ own adaptation for performance has been lost, and Andrew will be presenting his own adaptation.

Click on the link to read information about “The Cricket on the Hearth

If you can’t make the performance by Andrew at MCLL on November 25th, he will also be performing it on Wednesday, December 7th at 14:00 at the Westmount Library (4574 Sherbrooke W).  If you would like to attend the Westmount Library show, you will need to come by the library and get a (free) ticket; if this would be inconvenient, let me know and I can pick up a ticket for you.

December 17, 2016  (Saturday) 7 p.m. - Concert: A Christmas Carol

Ease yourself into the Christmas spirit with a riveting story-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” read by well known CBC radio and TV personalities, Debra Arbec, Frank Cavallaro and Mike Finnerty, along with Graeme McDonald, Elizabeth Neale and Leni Parker. You won’t want to miss the wonderful Christmas interludes provided by our stellar musical guests – Jennifer Swartz, harpist (OSM); Dawn Tyler-Watson, singer; Susanna Eyton-Jones, soprano; Kate Bevan-Baker, fiddler; Antoni Carloni, jazz pianist; Quavaria, vocal quartet; Velvet, pop/rock group.

The concert will take place at:  St. Columba by-the-Lake 
Presbyterian Church,  11 Rodney Ave.
Pointe-Claire, QC | H9R 4L8     514-697-2091

The proceeds will benefit Tyndale-St.Georges Community Centre in Little Burgundy and St. Columba.

For a map and ticket information click on INFO

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