Montreal Dickens Fellowship
for the best of times

2014-2015 Schedule


September 2, 2014 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
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Introduction to "Nicholas Nickleby". Chapters 1 - 8
September 14, 2014 (Monday)
11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
M.C.L.L.
"David Copperfield" Dr. Ellie Clavier Rothstein will commence a 10-week study group on David Copperfield,
at M.C.L.L. (#266)

Call 514-342-1834 for information.

The McGill Community for Lifelong Learning is a community of dedicated moderators and learners from diverse backgrounds and life experience who are committed to personal growth through peer learning and active participation in small study groups. Members are encouraged to participate, and to research and use the McGill libraries. There are no educational prerequisites, no age limitations, no exams or grades -- and the cost is low.

Click on the following link to view a youtube video describing people's experiences at: McGill Community for Lifelong Learning
October 7, 2014 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Nicholas Nickleby: Chapters 9 - 16

"Antisemitism in Dickens", panel discussion, Frank Brodie, Judith Bercusson, Gladys Pollack

Questions on Nicholas Nickleby Chapters 9 - 16
November 4, 2014 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Nicholas Nickleby: Chapters 17 - 24

"Teaching Dickens"

Dr. Elaine Bender and Dr. Yael Halevi-Wise will be joining our discussion.

Questions on Nicholas Nickleby Chapters 17 - 24
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December 2, 2014 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library will be closed due to a municipal strike. Meeting will be moved to Ellie's residence.
Nicholas Nickleby: Chapters 25 - 32
( We will be covering the questions on Chapters 9 - 24)

Christmas Tea

Come join us for a Christmas tea. No presentations have been planned, so we should have ample time for a lively discussion while we celebrate the holiday season. As we did not get to our questions on Nicholas Nickleby at our October nor November meetings, we will have a question marathon ( chapters 9-24).

Please feel free to come in Victorian apparel. A collection of top hats, frilly caps, gloves, etc. will be available. We will have Ellie's hot cinnamon cider, Christmas carols, potato latkes and dreidels and a variety of home-baked goodies. We will not be having a raffle but voluntary donations to the Tiny Tot fund would be most welcome!
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January 6, 2015 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Cancelled
Nicholas Nickleby: Chapters 33 - 40

Open Discussion

(Meeting Cancelled)
February 3, 2015 (Tuesday)
* 12:00-2:00 p.m.
L'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant
We will celebrate the 203rd anniversary of Dickens' birth (Feb.7th) at the l'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant, 273 Rue Saint Paul Est., in Old Montreal.
March 3, 2015 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Nicholas Nickleby: Chapters 41 - 48

Open Discusssion

Questions on Nicholas Nickleby Chapters 25 - 48
March 29, 2015 (Sunday)
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Victoria Hall Community Centre
4626 Sherbrooke St. West
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March Victorian Tea and Dance

Our Tea Dance, hosted by the Dickens Fellowship of Montreal, in collaboration with the Westmount Public Library, will take place on Sunday afternoon, March 29 from 1:00-4:30 P.M. at Victoria Hall.

Arduina Alonzo and Michael Landry are the instructors. They have been teaching English Country Dance classes for many years in Montreal.

Sandwiched between two hours of (very beginner) dance lessons, we will be having a lovely sit-down tea complete with scones, cream and jam, various delicate sandwiches (including cucumber!) and many small cakes and goodies. There will be tea served and cold, spiced, non-alcoholic cider available for our thirsty dancers.

Period costumes are welcome but not required.There will be toasts to the immortal memory of Charles Dickens.

The cost is $20.00 for all, whether dancing or not. Spaces are limited so reserve a spot as soon as possible. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Tickets are available at Westmount Library or spaces can be reserved through me.

Guests are welcome to forego the dancing if they choose, enjoy their afternoon tea and watch the fun. Please specify when obtaining or reserving your place, whether or not you will be dancing.

We so hope you can join us. It promises to be loads of fun.

April 7, 2015 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Nicholas Nickleby: Chapters 49 - 56

"Katey Dickens", Powerpoint presentation by Lise Dube

Questions on Nicholas Nickleby Chapters 49 - 56
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May 5, 2015 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Nicholas Nickleby: Chapters 57 - 65

Open Discussion

Questions on Nicholas Nickleby Chapters 57 - 65
June 9, 2015 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Story Telling Garden
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Victorian Tea

Victorian apparel, hats, gloves, etc. are welcome! Tea, sandwiches, scones, cookies and cakes will be served. Guests are encouraged to bring their own china teacups, saucers and cake plates. Prizes will be raffled off.
Five performers will be reading selections from Dickens' works.
A $15 donation is suggested, $10 for Members of the Fellowship. Profits benefit the Tiny Tim Fund of the Montreal Children's Hospital.
There is place for 30-40 guests, please advise ASAP if you plan to attend.