Electrical Plugs — Hats– and Impressive Men – Putting on the Ritz in Almonte


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The Invitation

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The Almonte Lions Club invites you to step back in time for a Victorian Tea and Fashion Show on June 13, 2015.

The event will be held at the newly named Octagon Room, formerly the Fairview Manor Dining Hall, 95 Spring Street, Almonte
from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and promises to transport you to a time of china and lace. Attendees are encouraged to wear fascinators, or tea hats and prizes will be awarded for the fanciest and most original designs. Fascinators will also be available for purchase at the door. 
While you dine on a lovingly prepared lunch, fashions from yesteryear will be presented by Vintage Wear of Almonte and fashions for today’s modern woman will be presented by Nancy’s Impressions of Carleton Place.


Henry James once said:

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

The Tea Party is back — and what a Mad Hatter’s Party this was in Almonte!  Read about the Carleton Place Ladies Who Lunch Tea last week here. Where’s next weeks?


The event was held in a retro 60’s designed room called The Octagon Room at the Fairview Manor in Almonte, Ontario. It was packed with hats, gloves and handsome waiters.


It doesn’t  matter if you do not know anyone- you will always find someone you know. Hi Peggy!


More Carleton Place ladies putting on the ritz out of town.


Now who would this hat belong to?


Who knew men knew how to pour tea?


We suggested the silent auction contain these gentlemen instead of books.:) Very delightful!


Nancy Code Miller presents her fashions from Nancy’s Impressions in Carleton Place.


Can we say Flora looks amazing?


Vicki Racey’s Vintagewear from Almonte was next!


Shades of Jackie O!


When we put on our Ladies Who Lunch Tea in Carleton Place last week we found out the restrictions of older buildings early on. We were shocked to find out there were no electrical plugs at the bar and very few in the venue when we began initial planning. There was also no kitchen, and no refrigeration. Sometimes, you have to make choices to have it in a wonderful venue like the Carleton Place Town Hall or the Octagon Room.

The Almonte ladies had the same issues. Very few plugs blew a fuse, and after an initial tea pour, the tea and coffee had to be shipped in via Tim Horton’s. But you know what? If they had not announced it we would have never known. Yesterday, I not only celebrated the Queen’s birthday I also celebrated the Almonte Lion’s Club for their wonderful tea and their professionalism.

Bravo, well done and I look forward to next year!

A 21 gun salute for the Almonte Lions Club and the Queen.


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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