December 8 and 9, 2013 - The Magic of Christmas Past

December 8, 2013

Huston’s reprisal of “A Christmas Carol” was a big hit for the Holidays!“

Our John Huston event was a great success! The 36 membered audience were mesmerized and thoroughly entertained by his spell-binding performance. He really looked the part, even more so than last year! It was as if the great author himself was on the stage. It was amazing how, without a single note or script, he "became” Charles Dickens himself as well as all the characters from Scrooge to Tiny Tim. Ellie’s introduction and reading of “Figgy Pudding”, describing her experience of the holidays as a Jewish child in Montreal was very well received. Several audience members suggested she submit it to the Gazette or Pauline Marois! (in fact, after the performance, an audience member wrote to CJAD radio asking them to have her read it on air!)

Our bakers outdid themselves, selling their beautifully presented wares along with a hot (alcohol-free) Christmas cider and other beverages, earning a wonderful $136.00 for the Tiny Tim fund of the Children’s Hospital, just from their sales alone! All profits after our operating expenses will also be donated to this fund. Thank-you, Sylvia for the magical background Christmas music that seemed to come from nowhere! It really added to the ambiance!

About 30 minutes into the performance, a CTV News cameraman appeared unannounced! There was a short but very nice segment  about our event on the CTV news that very evening!    follow link to view clip on CTV news

Five door prizes, including a copy “A Christmas Carol” illustrated by Lynch, three C.D.s of “Two for Tea”’s piano duets of Dickensian music, a lovely candle (thank-you Judith) and a poinsettia plant were given away as door prizes. John Huston also sold several copies of his C.D. “Feasts and Spirits”.

The Fellowship presented John Huston with a copy of Dickens “Life of Our Lord” which Dickens wrote for his children. He was very appreciative.

Many, many thanks to Katherine, Margaret, Judith, Donna, Sherry, Louise and Sylvia for all your help! It really was a team effort!

Follow links:  to see photos taken at 2013 John Huston Event,  read Ellie’s Figgy Pudding, find Ellie’s cider recipe, and visit the Tiny Tim Fund site. If you wish to have a recipe for an alcoholic punch, check out this website:  How to  Make Charles Dickens’ Holiday Punch 

December 9, 2013

On the following afternoon, celebrated Dickens impersonator, John Huston, gave a wonderful one hour performance of “A Christmas Carol” to 30 or so residents of Manoir Westmount (a facility for seniors adjacent to the Westmount Library).  Ellie and four other “Dickensians” were also present.  Simona Buth, the Manoir’s recreational director, gave a brief introduction.  

Huston’s performance was electrifying as usual.  It was amazing how he could condense the material (down to the last second!) without losing the flow of the story.  Apparently this was closer to the version Dickens often gave in his own “readings”.  His performance was very well received by the captivated audience.  Ellie gave a shout out about the Tiny Tim Fund and Simona plans to post their notice up in the residence.  We were all invited to a lovely tea  afterwards, but Huston and Ellie had to leave immediately for the train station (he had another show in Ottawa). 

A good time was had by all!  A big thank-you to John Huston for extending his stay to do this Fellowship sponsored show. Afterwards Ellie gave all our leftover goodies from Sunday’s performance to Sun Youth.