Tuesday, July 23, 2013

St. Marys Memorial Hospital Fundraiser Dinner

On May 4th, the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation, along with the St. Marys Kinsmen, hosted a gala dinner and auction to raise funds for our local hospital. One of the many items up for auction was a four course dinner hosted in four different St. Marys heritage homes.

This item offered the generous winners the possibility to start the meal with the appetizer in one home, and finish with dessert three houses later. Doug Holliday, member of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation, president and chair of the board, is head of the Fundraising Committee. He and his wife Barb are the instigators of this original and very successful idea. This dinner raised $1,200 divided between four couples. We were delighted to host the dessert portion of this special evening, which took place on July 20th.

The appetizers were served in this charming limestone cottage. It's one of the oldest in St Marys.

Then the entrees were served a block away in this grand red brick Victorian 
with a rounded veranda.

The main course was served in the elegant limestone home of Doug and Barb Holliday, the organizers of this fundraiser.

And the evening ended at the DV with yours truly, Brian, Astrid, three crazy dogs and two budgies. All the houses were a short walking distance from each other.

 Preparation for the exterior included many tea lights all the way up our steps...

and little sugar bowls, also containing, tea lights hanging around the veranda. The glassware was found at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store for 25¢ each.

The paper lantern gave a hint of what was to come on the inside.

 This night shot gives you an idea, but doesn't really display how effective it was.

My old chinese paper lanterns were given new life with flowery tissue paper, the biggest one hanging from the entrance medallion.

The library

The lanterns in the dining room were made with the frilly part of leftover coffee filters from my paper dress of last October. Astrid did my garland using the round centre part of the filters folded in half and sewn together.

The table was extended to its full three leaves so we could sit eight people comfortably. 

The pocket doors were opened up to my studio so it would feel less cramped.

The buffet or sideboard served its purpose nicely.

Flowers and branches of raspberries from the garden graced the table and the ladies were given all natural homemade soap as little thank you gifts.

Moi. We had the most delightful guests. Does it show?

 Petit G√Ęteau Angelique au Coeur de Framboise - my mother's angel cake recipe.
It was the first in a two-course dessert; I forgot to take a shot of the second: Mousse au Chocolat Demi Demon served with butter pecan cookies.

A month of preparation flew by in an instant. 
Hosting family and friends is one thing, but hosting people that we had never met before was nerve-wracking to say the least. Upon meeting our guests, we were instantly put at ease 
and charmed by them. 
They were the embodiment of graciousness - the spirit of St. Marys. 

St. Marys Memorial Hospital


Ashley said...

Your library (not to mention the entire house) is stunning! So many books.

What a fun fundraising idea...and I also might have to steal your idea of tea lights in hanging sugar bowls. :)

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank yo so much Ashley.
So glad you enjoyed it, I'm very flattered.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Anyes,

And who would not be charmed by such a delightful presentation and such lovely hospitality!?

This is more than I've seen before of the Dusty Victorian's interior. Really, they're so inviting, I hope you use some of the photos for your B&B site! I'd come visit just for that marvelous library. I agree with Ashley — stunning!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark, your so sweet, thank you.
The library shows only half of Brian's collection. The other half is distributed in the rest of the house and others still boxed in the attic. When we tell Astrid about how she will inherit all of it one day, we see a look of panic and dread on her face - too funny.

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Anyes,
Wow, how fun that would have been to win that! Your house looks gorgeous, love all the tealights and the hanging sugar bowl.
Be sure and check out my post for this week, I have several Victorian homes pictured on it.
Have a great week,

Rosemary said...

It all sounds and looks so delightful Anyes - what a lovely idea.
your preparations were meticulous with the little tea lights up the steps and around the veranda (beautifully restored) and the pretty chinese lanterns.
A memorable evening for you all and no doubt some new friendships.

Marilyn Cassels said...

Hi Anyes - I am so impressed with your artistic ability and the way it lends itself to the dinner. Absolutely beautiful. It was great seeing the pictures of the event. Alas, ours was not up to your standards but it's a great incentive to try harder if there is to be a next time. Thanks so much for the pictures of the houses and the dinner. Cheers! M xo

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Rosemary,
Thank you so much. It all went by so fast and I would have liked to know more about each and everyone of our guests. Perhaps on another occasion. Potential new friendships indeed.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Gina,
Yes, it was fun (stress aside), and it feels good to be part of a good cause. I will drop in and see what you've been up to and catch up sometime soon.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Marilyn,
The only reason I had some decorations up is that I have free in-house child labour :)
Besides your skills in the kitchen are far superior than mine.
Thanks for dropping in,

JC said...

WOW! I think these are the first large bunch of interior shots I see from your place. I had seen several photos here and there, but WOW. Your place is amazing. Was all that wallpaper original, or mostly new, and painstakingly installed? I loved your decorating touches. Simple, yet noticeable and fun.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello JC,
The wallpaper, we were told, was purchased from Bradbury & Bradbury and installed by a local tradesman about twenty years ago. The link to this company is on my side bar under Art Wallpaper. I know, it's crazy meticulous work and shows no sign of deterioration. But the selection of different patterns and colours in respect to the vintage of the house is rarely seen. It renders people speachless. They look up with there mouthes open and need time to take it all in.
So glad you enjoyed this post.