Montreal Dickens Fellowship
for the best of times

Victorian Afternoon Tea - June 21, 2016
2016 victorian tea program

Programme

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Dickens lovers assembled in the lovely storytelling garden of the Westmount Children's Library

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Maura was the first to greet the guests

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Donna, Gail and Mathilda joined Maura for a quick photo

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Edith and Lila

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Lynn and Kathe

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Several of our guests came in full, elegant period costume

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welcome Rebecca

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Ellie and Katherine

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Kathe wore a wonderful costume designed by a friend

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Setting up was a real team effort! Thanks Judith, Susan, Louise, Margaret and Edith

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Linda and Windela

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Our refreshments, lovingly put together by a selection of our members

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consisted of fruit salad, a variety of dainty sandwiches, a variety of delicious cookies and squares

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and large, buttery scones, served with cream and jam

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Opening comments by Ellie (President) included a review of our past year and preview of next year (we will be discussing "Barnaby Rudge")

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Louise (Secretary) gave a toast to our branch

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Margaret (Vice President) started off the readings with a very funny excerpt from "David Copperfield" entitled "David and the Waiter"

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We were delighted to welcome musical guests: Grace Takeda (violist) and Stephen Moran (cellist), recent music graduates of McGill University

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We were treated to a 20 minute classical music interlude

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Many, many thanks to these talented performers who really added to our enjoyment of the afternoon!

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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!

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Following the reading by Judith, Sylvia (Vice President) made a toast to Ellie and the immortal memory of Dickens

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Wilfrid gave us a powerful performance based on excerpts from "Hard Times"

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(centered on the love story between Stephen and Rachel.)

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Sam and Sharon were captivated

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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!