Victorian Afternoon Tea - June 21, 2016
Dickens lovers assembled in the lovely storytelling garden of the Westmount Children's Library
Maura was the first to greet the guests
Donna, Gail and Mathilda joined Maura for a quick photo
Edith and Lila
Lynn and Kathe
Several of our guests came in full, elegant period costume
Ellie and Katherine
Kathe wore a wonderful costume designed by a friend
Setting up was a real team effort! Thanks Judith, Susan, Louise, Margaret and Edith
Linda and Windela
Our refreshments, lovingly put together by a selection of our members
consisted of fruit salad, a variety of dainty sandwiches, a variety of delicious cookies and squares
and large, buttery scones, served with cream and jam
Opening comments by Ellie (President) included a review of our past year and preview of next year (we will be discussing "Barnaby Rudge")
Louise (Secretary) gave a toast to our branch
Margaret (Vice President) started off the readings with a very funny excerpt from "David Copperfield" entitled "David and the Waiter"
We were delighted to welcome musical guests: Grace Takeda (violist) and Stephen Moran (cellist), recent music graduates of McGill University
We were treated to a 20 minute classical music interlude
Many, many thanks to these talented performers who really added to our enjoyment of the afternoon!
Judith E. then continued our readings with a very animated reading of the first chapter of "Great Expectations", where Pip meets the convict Magwitch, chilling and thrilling everyone!
Following the reading by Judith, Sylvia (Vice President) made a toast to Ellie and the immortal memory of Dickens
Wilfrid gave us a powerful performance based on excerpts from "Hard Times"
(centered on the love story between Stephen and Rachel.)
Sam and Sharon were captivated
We were all blown away by his great acting skills! Thank you everyone for helping to make our fourth annual, year-end tea such a wonderful success!