Serving tea Victorian style
CDHS President Jillian Metcalfe (standing) prepares to pour tea to a group of Victorian ladies during the Victorian Tea held on May 20 at the Heritage Centre in Chesterville.  Seated from left are Bonnie Wright, Candice Rutley, Rosemary Rutley, Kim McInnis and Margaret Johnson.      Thompson Goddard photo

Carolyn Thompson Goddard
Record Contributor
CHESTERVILLE – There was plenty of delicious tea sandwiches, desserts and more than a few treats to enjoy with a variety of teas during the Victorian Tea held at the Heritage Centre in Chesterville.

Close to 40 people attended the event which celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary as well as the sesquicentennial of the building which has served its community as a police station, church, school, fire station and currently as the Chesterville Heritage Centre.

Visitors to North Dundas as well as residents and out of municipality visitors enjoyed viewing the artifacts which provide a glimpse into the history of Chesterville and District while sipping a cuppa tea and munching on some freshly baked scones or cucumber sandwiches.

South Stormont residents Bonnie Wright, Candice Rutley and Rosemary Rutley attended the event in Victorian dress, with Candice mentioning the Stormont County Fair, held on Labour Day weekend in Newington, is also celebrating its sesquicentennial this year with many special events planned to mark this occasion.

Those attending were provided with an information sheet and tea sample courtesy of Susan Peters Tea Sommelier/Steeped in Canadiana Fine Teas.

The Chesterville & District Historical Society, with the assistance of the Township of North Dundas, maintains an extensive repository of artifacts at the Heritage Centre. For more information on the work accomplished by this group of volunteers, visit the North Dundas website or their Facebook page.