Ramona Captín can’t quite remember now how the idea of the Mad Hatter Tea Party came together to raise funds for the programs offered by the South Surrey-White Rock chapter of CARP (A New Vision on Aging).
“We had planned this before COVID hit, and had to cancel it several times,” explained the CARP branch chief.
“I think we thought it would be a nice, fun idea and a great opportunity for people to get dressed,” she said.
She emphasized that the style of the event — which finally takes place this Saturday (September 24) from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Morgan Creek Golf Course, 3500 Morgan Creek Way — is more inspired by sweetheart Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland and traditional illustrations by Sir John Tenniel and others, rather than later Disney versions.
The good news is that the fictional subject seems to have captured the imagination of ticket-buyers, Captain said — I’ve heard there will be at least one costume as the other Cheshire Cat dressed up as the Queen of Hearts.
She said it’s not to say that everyone should go to such complicated lengths — just getting dressed for a tea party, or a proper hat, should suffice.
“I think all the attention indicates that we don’t really grow — or we shouldn’t, anyway. There is always joy in childhood memories.”
The other good news is that, for those who left getting tickets until the last minute, there are still a few available.
In addition to tea, coffee, traditional bakeries, and sandwiches, the event will also feature a fashion show and live entertainment.
The fashion show, coordinated by well-known local fashion designer and volunteer Rhonda McGannett, will feature clothing, jewelry and accessories from Edge: Fashion on the Edge as well as the Art To Wear line by designer Marianne Graves.
“Edge, in Five Corners, is a wonderful community-oriented store run by Mary Jane O’Rourke, who has a good outlook on fashion and also pairs it with great shoes and jewelry,” said Captain.
“And Marianne Graves designs all of her amazing fabrics, as well as beautiful jewelry.”
Captain said the entertainment will also include two of Well Miriah Reitmeier’s songs.
“She is a great singer and she will perform My Favorites And the somewhere over the rainbow Our.”
Local merchants and individuals also contributed a total of 44 lottery prizes and doors to the event, Captain said.
“There is something for just about everyone,” she added, noting that prizes range from tickets for the BC Lions games to an upcoming show with the Eagle Eyes tribute band at Blue Frog Studios, to antique Staffordshire teapots, gift baskets and gift certificates for a wide range of goods and services.
Tickets are available through the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce, at www.sswrhiterockchamberofcommerce.ca/events, or in person, through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Unit 22-1480 Foster St.
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