Montreal Dickens Fellowship
for the best of times

2015-2016 Schedule


September 1, 2015 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
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Introduction to “The Old Curiosity Shop“. Chapters 1 - 10

Questions on “The Old Curiosity Shop” Chapters 1 - 10
September 16, 2015 (Wednesday)
11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
M.C.L.L.
“Martin Chuzzlewit” Dr. Ellie Clavier Rothstein will commence a 10-week study group on Martin Chuzzlewit.
at M.C.L.L. #267

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 6, 2015 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
“The Old Curiosity Shop“. Chapters 11 - 30

Questions on “The Old Curiosity Shop” Chapters 11 - 20
November 3, 2015 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
“The Old Curiosity Shop“. Chapters 31 - 50

Questions on “The Old Curiosity Shop” Chapters 21-50
December 1, 2015 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
“The Old Curiosity Shop“. Chapters 51 - 73

Questions on “The Old Curiosity Shop” Chapters 51-73
December 8, 2015 (Tuesday)
* 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ellie’s residence
Pot Luck Christmas Luncheon and viewing of
the Masterpiece Theatre version of “The Old Curiosity Shop” with Derek Jacobi as the grandfather and Zoe Winemaker as Mrs. Jarley.

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January 5, 2016 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library

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Dr. Lorne Huston, our historical consultant, will be showing us Robert Buss’ painting: “Dickens’ Dream”. Follow the link to view the painting and character key.
Based on images of figurines of Dickens characters found on the internet, Judith and Dr. Lorne Huston will conduct a quiz called “What Dickens Character am I? and What Book Do I Come From?”
Ellie will bring in some of her collectibles from her private collection.
February 2, 2016 (Tuesday)
* 12:00-3:00 p.m.
L'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant
We will celebrate the 204th anniversary of Dickens' birth (Feb.7th) at the l'Usine de Spaghetti Restaurant, 273 Rue Saint Paul Est., in Old Montreal.

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March 1, 2016 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Open Discussion
Presentation T.B.A.
April 5, 2016 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
A special viewing of the first three episodes of "Dickensian" will take place at Ellie’s home. As many of you know, this is the much awaited and highly popular BBC "soap-opera" based on a melange of Dickens characters and plots.

Ellie will be serving tea, coffee and goodies as per usual. Feel free to bring along your own tasty treats to share.

Dan Calinescu, who was to be our guest speaker at this meeting had to postpone his talk until a later date. We miss having him as our welcomed visitor this year, but wish him a very speedy recovery.


April 7, 2016 (Thursday)
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Combined Dickens Fellowship and Bimetallic Question Society meeting. The selected Arthur Conan Doyle story is “The Adventure of Black Peter” (from “The Return of Sherlock Holmes”). There will be a quiz based on this story.
Clifford Goldfarb will be giving a 30 minute talk entitled “If Arthur Conan Doyle met Charles Dickens”. He will be speaking about the “real” meeting between Dickens and Doyle, comparing their similarities and differences.
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Minutes of the Meeting of The Bimetallic Question April 7, 2016:
Follow the link to read the Minutes from Sherlock Holmes Society. or for IPADS, click: Minutes

If Arthur Conan Doyle met Charles Dickens. A talk by Cliff Goldfarb.
Follow the link to read the Article by Cliff for IPADs: If Arthur Conan Doyle met Charles Dickens


May 3, 2016 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
“Dickens Siblings, Children and Descendants” Power Point presentation by Lise Dubé
June 7, 2016 (Tuesday)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Westmount Library
Susan Waxman, one of our member, will be sharing with us her exploration of the Dickens House Museum on Doughty Street and her Dickensian adventures while touring London this past holiday season. Susan is very familiar with London and designed her own Dickens walking tour. She is a passionate lover of London and Dickens and we are lucky to have her as a member.
Please join us for what promises to be a very lively meeting! If you have your own Dickens/London related travels or experiences, you are most welcome to participate in the discussion!

We are delighted to be able to present to Michèle Le Fèvre, Community Giving Coordinator, (The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation), a donation cheque in the amount of $2,500. from our Montreal Fellowship members.
The Tiny Tim Fund helps the Paediatric Social Services Department of the hospital provide much needed financial support to Montreal’s most disadvantaged families. They help pay for costly transportation, accommodation for out-of-town families, meal tickets and medication. They also service our northern communities.

Don’t forget to reserve your spot for the Victorian Tea on June 21st! Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
June 21, 2016 (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.
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.