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Charm at the Canal (17 Photos)
Carol Zarudenec Smith for local2 sault ste. marie
August 6th, 2012 at 9:47am | Last Updated at 9:48am
Taking part in the Heritage Tea at the Superintendentís Residence at the Canal made me think of a bygone era of proper etiquette and impeccable manners.
As you approached the veranda, a young gentleman came out with an umbrella to assist those who did not have one. Unfortunately, there was a light drizzle before the tea began. To greet everyone on the veranda before entering the house were three young gentlemen portraying people of the 1900s, Joel (the lock worker), James (the bon vivant, wealthy bachelor) and Zach (the Lockmaster). They were dressed for their part and were totally in character.
The house and veranda were filled with ladies and gentlemen who had come together to enjoy what this event had to offer. What a menu it was indeed! Delightful pinwheels consisted of pimento with cream cheese or goat cheese and fresh basil pesto. Also included were tuna salad, egg salad with chives, dill cream cheese and cucumber and turkey with cranberry chutney. Desserts consisted of ginger snaps, date squares, apple squares, lemon squares, butter tarts, strawberry tarts and cocoanut raspberry squares. I can attest to the fact that sandwiches and desserts all were delicious. Everything was served by two lovely ladies, Jeanette Cowen and Meagan Sinclair. They were dressed in period attire of long dresses and aprons. They were very friendly and pleasant and kept every need satisfied.
In the foyer, the talented violinist, Connie Irwin, supplied such lovely melodies as Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Cannon in D and You Raise Me Up. It really added to the time frame of this period tea. I am sure everyone present enjoyed this charming entertainment.
The atmosphere was very jovial and friendly as participants at each table chatted amongst themselves.
I even met a friend Barbara there. We were in Kindergarten at Holy Angels School and later attended Mount St. Josephís College together. It was nice to get caught up with her.
Everyone had the pleasure of going from room to room to see what it had to offer and view black and white photos of the inside of the house from an earlier time when it was inhabited. The Sault Ste. Marie Museum also had very interesting old photos stationed in each room to gaze at and relish. Subjects were NO POLLUTION, WE BECOME A CITY and THE EARLY DAYS.
Jeanette, our server, pointed out that there was a callbox in the kitchen. She also mentioned that in the dining room behind the door there was a bell (like a round doorbell). Another one was on the floor under the dining room table for the owner to step on to the summon the servants. Each of the four bedrooms likewise contained these bells to alert the staff onhand. How modern was that!
All who attended relaxed, took their time dining to savour every morsel and definitely looked like they were enjoying this tea. My cousin Susan and I sure did.
Thanks to the dedicated volunteers and all who contributed to making this event a success, I applaud you all.
Photos taken by Carol Zarudenec Smith.