Rotary Club serves Mother’s Day High Tea

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Karen Hilchey (centre) and Jo Rosenhek (left in white dress) are surrounded by ladies enjoying afternoon tea at the Salle des Promotions of the Petit Séminaire. Emcee Peter Black stands behind them, along with a butler who is pouring tea.

To celebrate Mother’s Day last Sunday, the Quebec Rotary Club served High Tea in the Salle des Promotions of the Petit Séminaire de Québec.

Mothers and their families were seated in the elegant room at tables set with fine china cups and saucers. Ladies were encouraged to wear a hat, and those without a hat could buy one at the event.  

Even some of the gentlemen, such as QCT journalist Peter Black, who was the emcee for the event, and Daniel Thibault, the president of this year’s High Tea, sported a variety of hats as they addressed the audience.  
 
After a charming presentation of Alice in Wonderland in the land of the Queen of Hearts by students of École de danse Christiane Bélanger, butlers wearing white gloves brought out the first of the three tea services, with fruit, scones and other delights. 

Karen Hilchey, who established the Mother’s Day High Tea several years ago, said, “All funds raised remain right here in Quebec City. Some funds will be going to [literacy organization] Atout-Lire and École Marguerite-Bourgeois. Brand new books will be purchased and given to the children. There is also a part that goes to underprivileged young entrepreneurs.”

Hilchey added that the club would like to get closer to the English-speaking community and work together for improved literacy. The club holds breakfast meetings at the Château Frontenac every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. 
 
The Quebec section of the Rotary Club was founded in 1919 by Frank Carrel, who was the owner of the The Daily Telegraph (a forerunner of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph) from 1891-1940 and the president of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec from 1930-1934.  
 
 
Ballerinas from the École de danse Christiane Bélanger delighted the audience with an excerpt from Alice in Wonderland.    
(Photo by Shirley Nadeau)