|On Saturday October 28th, residents of Chelsea Gardens looked on in amusement as folks wearing an assortment of wacky headgear and outfits showed up at the Fireside Room, to enjoy a Halloween-themed lunch and tea party.
Eric Liu and his camera captured all the action.
Do you know who the father of "Rosemary's Baby" was? Or the name of Norman Bates' mother in "Psycho"? How about who was the first to play Dracula in the movies? Or Frankenstein? Most of our guests were stymied by many of the questions in our horror movie quiz, but everyone took a run at trying to win a prize! The winner? Actually...winners! It was a tie between Shona Lobo and Gerry Mackie!
The horror movie quiz set the stage for our mystery film from Ashley's collection of movies. "Young Frankenstein" was a 1974 film noir production with a stellar cast of Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Gene Hackman, Cloris Leachman. It had our audience chuckling out loud, particularly at the priceless scene of the monster singing and dancing "Putting on the Ritz"! As one of the most entertaining spoofs of all time, it is a true classic!
Tea time rolled around at 3 o'clock. Thanks to Freda whose green chutney sandwiches are legendary, and to Ashley who conjoured up a delicious orange sponge cake and a large tray of spicy bhajjias. Coffee and several varieties of tea were on offer, and many of us continued to enjoy Ashley's refreshing fruit punch.
With the door prize, (won by Joe) and several other little prizes handed out, the party drew to a close around 4.30-ish. Special thanks to Ashley for help with setting up the hall, and for running the slide show, and background music. Thanks also to Marie and to all of you who helped clean up and put everything away at the end of the evening. Jacquie who has been unfailingly supportive behind the scenes—thank you ever so much. And for all of you who came by to share the party, I hope you had a good time.
Mark your calendars now for our next party which will be the last one of the year. Our Christmas Carol Sing-Along and potluck tea is scheduled for Saturday, November 25th. Ian (Currie) has consented to spin out his magic on the keyboard—so come and enjoy his music, and bring your voices along with you as we carol in the Yuletide Season! Keep an eye on our website, as this will be posted in the next few weeks, and do please book mark the page as a reminder.