The Stonehurst House Salon, set for Saturday April 8, is a fundraising event for the re-election campaign of Nicholas Simons, BC NDP candidate for Powell River-Sunshine Coast in the May 9 provincial election.
Modelled on stimulating conversational gatherings dating back to the 18th century, the salon will feature members of the Driftwood Players in period costume, playing the roles of Dr. Fredrick Inglis and James S. Woodsworth and members of their families. The company will re-enact scenes from the time when the characters all lived together at Stonehurst.
Dr. Inglis had moved to the Lower Gibsons mansion in 1913, and provided medical care to residents as far away as Sechelt until 1945. J.S. Woodsworth, a pioneer in the Canadian social democratic movement, was pastor at the Methodist Church from 1917 to 1919, and boarded with the Inglis family during that time. After more than two decades ministering to the poor and the working class, Woodsworth helped found and led the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), which later became the New Democratic Party (NDP).
Guests will also be treated to a high tea prepared by chef Doug Davis, followed by a little music from the early 1900s. Then, in the historical salon tradition of Stonehurst House, there’ll be an opportunity to gather in small discussion groups for conversations on current affairs in BC, and about creating meaningful change in the political landscape of our times.
The event begins at 3pm at Stonehurst House B&B, 529 Gibsons Way, in Gibsons.
Space is limited. A portion of the $100 ticket price will be tax deductible. Information at nicholassimons.bcndp.ca, or by phone at (604) 740-3122. Submitted