Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2019
Sipping good tea for an even greater cause!
A Victorian tea, held on June 22, was such a hit, that Queen Victoria herself made an appearance!
“This is the last year we will be organizing our Victorian Tea fundraiser,” said co-organizer and well-known Breast Cancer Foundation supporter Marie-Claire Ivanski. “Over the eight years we have organized it, we have raised $45,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation. This year, we made more than $8000.”
This year’s event was attended by an Ottawa-based actress who portrayed the late Queen Victoria, much to the delight of the 140 guests, taking part in the tea ceremony. “She has her whole costume,” said Claire Desrochers, co-organizer of the event and owner of the house. “We were hoping to have her visit last year but she couldn’t. It’s fitting that she would be here during our last Victorian Tea.”
The Queen made her way to the property aboard a 1926 Franklin automobile. Once on site, she was greeted by Ivanski and Desrochers.
The event has always been held on an historic and luscious five-acre property near Morewood. Following
the tea ceremony, which took place in a screened veranda area, the
participants were escorted throughout the property’s luscious garden by
owner Marcel Desrochers. Built in 1884, the property housed Alan
Stevens, a prominent notary. Planning the event is a year-long
adventure. “We start planning in March,” said Mrs. Desrochers. “We also
have to make all the sandwiches and other pastries.” When asked how much
tea is consumed throughout the day, Mrs. Ivansky and Mrs. Desrochers smile at each other and quietly laugh. “I have no clue,” answered Ivansky. “I just know it’s a lot!”
Mr. Desrochers tends the garden from the early days of spring, always making it into one of the event’s main attraction.