Montreal Dickens Fellowship
for the best of times

Victorian Afternoon Tea - June 10, 2014
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Programme

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Welcome to our Fellowship's afternoon tea!

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How lovely! The sun has come out

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Lise and Judith await our guests at the ticket table

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Lise and Judith welcome one of our performers, Andrew Macdougall

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Ellie welcomes performers: Barrie Baldaro, Clive Brewer and Andrew Macdougall

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The tables are set with scarlet geraniums, Dickens' favorite flower

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Timmy helps with setting up the tables

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Doris and Donna arrange sandwiches on the three tiered plates

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Alexandra makes sure each plate gets a treat

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Alexandra, Charlotte, Louise and Maura

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Timmy, Louise, Harriet, Donna, and Charlotte, Sharon and Sam (seated) pose for a photo

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Charlotte and Sylvia join Louise, Harriet, Donna and Sam for a picture

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Period costumes add to the ambiance

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Clive, Alexandra, Gail, Frank, Louise, Barry, and Maura are ready for tea

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What a lovely spot the Storytelling Garden is!

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Our repast consists of mixed berry salad, cucumber, egg, tuna and smoked salmon sandwiches, and a variety of cookies and squares.

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Buttery scones are served with individual servings of cream and jam.

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Plenty of iced tea is on hand to quench our thirst

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Wide brimmed, colourfully festooned, Victorian hats helped shade us from the very warm sun!

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Louise de Tonnancour makes a toast to our branch and to every Dickens' character

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Our branch supports the Tiny Tim Fund of the Montreal Children's Hospital

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Michèle Le Fèvre, from the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation was in attendence

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We listened to Michèle's moving report on the valuable work the Tiny Tim Fund is doing for underpriviledged children and their families

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We feel proud to be able to help such a worthy cause which would certainly have been near and dear to Dickens' heart.

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Our first reading is given by Margaret Nicolai

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Margaret reads an excerpt from Oliver Twist: "Mr. Bumble's Susceptibility"

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Averill, in her dramatic black and white hat, looks on

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Margaret delivers an animated performance!

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Our second reader is Judith Elson

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Judith reads an excerpt from Oliver Twist: "The Bumbles at Home"

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Eloquent job, Judith!

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Andrew Macdougall, would-be Dickens impersonator and West end Operatic Society member, performs next

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Andrew regales us with a musical interlude from "Iolanthe" (Gilbert and Sullivan)

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Donna enjoys the entertainment

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We are delighted to have actor and narrator, Barrie Baldaro, as our next reader

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Barrie reads an excerpt from Nicholas Nickleby: "Mr. Squeers"

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Another professional performance!

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What captivating readings!

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Our next reciter is the talented, Bournemouth born, Clive Brewer

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Clive reads an excerpt from Nicholas Nickleby: "The Economy of Dotheboys Hall"

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Delightful!

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Finally Andrew Macdougall does an expressive reading from Martin Chuzzlewit "Sairy Gamp"

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Many thanks to everyome who helped in entertaining us, bringing food, and setting up

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Our afternoon ends with the raffle (7 gifts and 12 geraniums were raffled off).

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Sylvia Rabinovitch makes a final toast to Ellie, our hostess, for her amazing job in organizing today's afternoon tea.

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Hope everyone had a good time!

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On behalf of all the members: "Thanks Ellie for the lovely geranium pin!"

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Goodbye until next year!