If you’re a fan of the Downton Abbey television series, or just a lover of fashion and costumes, you are in for a treat this month. The Sunshine Coast Grandmothers and Grandothers are partnering with Driftwood Players to repeat the very successful “Downton Abbey Tea” which was presented last September at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery.
The Grandmothers and Grandmothers group raises funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation which funds support services for grandmothers and children in Africa affected by endemic diseases.
Carson will greet you and announce you by your chosen aristocratic name, a footman will escort you to your table to enjoy tea and delicious delicacies served by the Downton Abbey footmen and the pinafored maids, with parlour and jazz music of the era provided by Ken Dalgleish. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best hat and highest scores on the Downton Trivia Quiz.
Following the tea service will be a fashion parade with scenes of the Crawley family and their friends. You will see the Suffragettes on the streets of London, the passengers and crew of the sinking Titanic, a London ballet, and Lady Rose’s adventures at a nightclub. Music, song and dance are all part of the mix.
Two performances are scheduled with the Grandmothers and Grandothers, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 7 at Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club and 2:00 pm Saturday, March 14 at Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden. A third performance is partnered with Driftwood Players and Gibsons United Church, 2:00 pm on Saturday March 21 at the Church Hall. Choose your date and venue and get your tickets early.
Tickets are available at The Blackberry Shop and Laedeli Gifts in Gibsons, the Sunshine Coast Golf Club, Sechelt Visitor Centre, and Earth Fair in Madeira Park. Online tickets can be found at www.driftwoodplayers.ca.