Victorian Afternoon Tea - June 27, 2017
27 guests gathered in Victoria Hall to enjoy the Montreal Dickens Fellowship's fifth Victorian Afternoon tea.
Several guests wore elegant period costumes
and many sported colourful, flower-laden sun bonnets.
Our large U-shaped table was set with delicate china, pretty coloured napkins and red geraniums.
Refreshments consisted of berry salad, a variety of dainty and delicious finger sandwiches, butter scones with jam and clotted cream and several kinds of cookies, muffins and squares.
Opening comments by Ellie included a review of our past year and an introduction to next year's book "Martin Chuzzlewit".
Louise was presented with a gift in appreciation of her contributions.
Margaret was presented with a gift for her fabulous chapter summaries.
Ellie presented Judith with an antique brooch in thanks for her many contributions to all our meetings with her enthusiasm and extensive knowledge.
Louise gave a heartfelt toast to our branch.
Margaret was next with an animated reading from "Nicholas Nickleby" showing us that not all of Dickens young women are weak and helpless.
Ezra Poplove (Timmy's grandson) delighted us with several cello solo pieces.
He really swept us away with his amazing talent and spirit!
Judith then read from "Great Expectations" giving us the haunting introduction to "Miss Havisham".
Sylvia gave a toast to Charles Dickens, a writer who shines a light on who we are during the best and worst of times. She also made a toast to Ellie, thanking her for all her efforts in organizing the tea and for sharing her knowledge of Dickens's works.
Ezra gave another wonderful performance
which truly captivated our audience.
Judith gave us a "reprise" of her talk about ravens and "Grip" in particular.
Thank you so much Ezra for helping make our event so special and truly enjoyable!
Many thanks to everyone for helping to make our event such a success.