Centennial Portraits Exhibition & Book Launch: Nov 16

Centennial Portraits
Exhibition & Book Launch
Friday, November 16, 2012
6:00pm to 8.30pm

Leaders and members from our community and throughout the city will be attending an art reception of Mary Perdue’s portraits, and a public book launch event for “Centennial Portraits”. Heliconians will also be there to represent our club that evening.

The evening will feature showcase performances. Keiko Kitano will dance with Alison Melville flute and recorder; Ann Elizabeth Carson will read her poetry accompanied by Margaret Lam on Piano; Laura Newland will share a story with her puppets and Barbara Fris will sing with Jane Blackstone accompanying. Pianist Dorothy Deval and Violinist/Violist Emma Vachon-Twney will also be playing music throughout the evening.

Please RSVP by November 9, 2012 by calling 416 922-3618 or email us at rsvp@heliconianclub.org.

RSVP for June Buffalo Trip by May 18

The confirmed date for the “Shuffle off to Buffalo”  trip is for Thursday June 7. This is a fundraiser for the club.

We will leave the Club at 8:30 a.m. and drive in chartered bus to Trinity Episcopal Church to have a docent guided tour of this historic church and the famous Tiffany – LaFarge stained windows. From there, we will proceed to lunch and the Albright Knox Gallery for a docent guided tour of the current and scheduled hangings. Lunch at the Gallery is a treat, less than $25, either steak and salad or quiche and side salad, including a glass of wine, if you wish. We will aim to return to the club by 6 p.m.

This is open to members and guests. Cost $75, lunch is extra. Deadline for reservations is Friday, May 18. Reserve early through the office. Reminder: current passports are needed.

(Submitted by Sheila Hawks)

“Evening of Beltane” Club Fundraiser: May 11

An evening of “Celtic Magic” featuring stories and songs of the Scots-Irish tradition will be presented by storyteller Laura Newland of the Humanities section on Friday, May 11 from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. at the Heliconian Club. Gaelic singer Gabrielle Brydges joins Laura to celebrate Beltane (a Gaelic-Celtic word meaning ‘bright/sacred fire’), which marks the coming of Summer. A warm welcome awaits all who attend this fundraiser for the club.

The event is open to members and friends of the club. Cost $20. Please RSVP by sending an email or calling 416-922-3618.

Club Night on Feb. 21: Adventures with the Group of Seven

A.J. Casson, (1898–1992) A Little Bay in La Cloche Channel, c.1958 oil on canvas 68.6 x 83.8 cm Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. McGillivray McMichael Canadian Art Collection 1980.4

La Cloche Channel. Photograph by Jim Waddington, courtesy of Sue and Jim Waddington.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21 our Club Night will feature Sue and Jim Waddington who will share the amazing stories of their explorations and discoveries in the deep Ontario bush, ongoing since 1968, finding the original painting sites of over 200 Group of Seven paintings. In 2010 they were involved in the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art’s show “Following in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven” in Kleinburg. Late in 2011 they presented a fascinating talk to the Toronto Watercolour Society on this subject as well. We were thrilled to hear that they would be able to share their experiences with us and look forward to this wonderful evening. All sections are contributing to this event.

Reservations are required in the office by noon on Thursday, Feb. 16. 6 p.m. for 6:30. Price $25.

(Image source: McMichael Gallery. Post submitted by Elizabeth Macmillan.)

Christmas Luncheon in Review

(submitted by Dinah Arthur)

NOTE: Charlotte’s Little Draw organized by the Humanities section brought in over $3000.00. Good work Charlotte!

It’s fast becoming the best party of the year and 2011′s Christmas Luncheon raised the bar even higher, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of co-conveners Jennifer Carroll and Sue Ince. Some 80 members and guests attended the luncheon on Dec. 1, dining on a superb meal prepared by the four chefs: Yvonne Ormston, who created the winter potage and savoury bread pudding; Sue, who was in charge of the chicken ambrogino, served with dried fruits and Jan Garvey’s roasted root vegetables; and Jennifer, who made the mince pies and crème fraîche.

The theme was medieval and the chefs wore robes and headdresses made by Sue (Jennifer’s robe decorated with sparkling ornaments left her by her grandmother). Barbara Fris, who was in charge of the program, wore a flowing costume of her own design (and held on to her headdress when she hit the high notes of “To the Queen of Heaven”).

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