Victorian Afternoon Tea - June 10, 2014
Welcome to our Fellowship's afternoon tea!
How lovely! The sun has come out
Lise and Judith await our guests at the ticket table
Lise and Judith welcome one of our performers, Andrew Macdougall
Ellie welcomes performers: Barrie Baldaro, Clive Brewer and Andrew Macdougall
The tables are set with scarlet geraniums, Dickens' favorite flower
Timmy helps with setting up the tables
Doris and Donna arrange sandwiches on the three tiered plates
Alexandra makes sure each plate gets a treat
Alexandra, Charlotte, Louise and Maura
Timmy, Louise, Harriet, Donna, and Charlotte, Sharon and Sam (seated) pose for a photo
Charlotte and Sylvia join Louise, Harriet, Donna and Sam for a picture
Period costumes add to the ambiance
Clive, Alexandra, Gail, Frank, Louise, Barry, and Maura are ready for tea
What a lovely spot the Storytelling Garden is!
Our repast consists of mixed berry salad, cucumber, egg, tuna and smoked salmon sandwiches, and a variety of cookies and squares.
Buttery scones are served with individual servings of cream and jam.
Plenty of iced tea is on hand to quench our thirst
Wide brimmed, colourfully festooned, Victorian hats helped shade us from the very warm sun!
Louise de Tonnancour makes a toast to our branch and to every Dickens' character
Our branch supports the Tiny Tim Fund of the Montreal Children's Hospital
Michèle Le Fèvre, from the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation was in attendence
We listened to Michèle's moving report on the valuable work the Tiny Tim Fund is doing for underpriviledged children and their families
We feel proud to be able to help such a worthy cause which would certainly have been near and dear to Dickens' heart.
Our first reading is given by Margaret Nicolai
Margaret reads an excerpt from Oliver Twist: "Mr. Bumble's Susceptibility"
Averill, in her dramatic black and white hat, looks on
Margaret delivers an animated performance!
Our second reader is Judith Elson
Judith reads an excerpt from Oliver Twist: "The Bumbles at Home"
Eloquent job, Judith!
Andrew Macdougall, would-be Dickens impersonator and West end Operatic Society member, performs next
Andrew regales us with a musical interlude from "Iolanthe" (Gilbert and Sullivan)
Donna enjoys the entertainment
We are delighted to have actor and narrator, Barrie Baldaro, as our next reader
Barrie reads an excerpt from Nicholas Nickleby: "Mr. Squeers"
Another professional performance!
What captivating readings!
Our next reciter is the talented, Bournemouth born, Clive Brewer
Clive reads an excerpt from Nicholas Nickleby: "The Economy of Dotheboys Hall"
Finally Andrew Macdougall does an expressive reading from Martin Chuzzlewit "Sairy Gamp"
Many thanks to everyome who helped in entertaining us, bringing food, and setting up
Sylvia Rabinovitch makes a final toast to Ellie, our hostess, for her amazing job in organizing today's afternoon tea.
Our afternoon ends with the raffle (7 gifts and 12 geraniums were raffled off).
Hope everyone had a good time!
On behalf of all the members: "Thanks Ellie for the lovely geranium pin!"
Goodbye until next year!