If you have been following ‘The Blue Whale Story’, which was presented by Bob deRoos at one of our recent Tuesday meetings, you will be interested in the following documentary:
Raising Big Blue is a documentary featuring the story of the blue whale skeleton transferred from PEI to Victoria then to Vancouver. You will see the behind-the-scenes drama involved in recovering, cleaning, and restoring the skeleton of the largest creature on earth. Tune in to the Discovery Channel (Ch 27) on Sunday, June 5 at 8pm, to view what promises to be a very interesting presentation.
Better yet join the group for the all day Vancouver Bus Trip to visit the Biodiversity Museum. Cost is $55 or $38 (depending on how many register).
Recently, we had the pleasure of viewing Rand Harrison’s artistic and informative travelogue on his trip through the states of Oregon and Utah with his camera and two bird loving companions. Exquisite photography and fascinating tales made for a very enjoyable presentation.
Bruce Holsor spoke to us on the ‘Role of the Monarchy in Canadian History’, a fascinating account of the historical significance of Canada’s constitutional monarchy. Also discussed were the many benefits Canadians have derived from our association with the Royal Family, which is now only ceremonial but still very significant.
If it is true that laughter is good for your health, we all came away from last Tuesday’s drop- in meeting (May 10) feeling VERY healthy! Reg Mitchell, often called ”Dr Zonk” the legendary mad scientist, retired University of Victoria chemistry professor, entertained us with the facts of what is known as “Snake Oil” advertising. He interpreted many misleading labels and advertisements which are portrayed as cure-all’s and medicinal miracles for a wide array of ailments – all costing far more than they are worth and all considered fraudulent.
Last Friday, April 29th, “On-the-Go-Again” celebrated with the Royals! The ladies turned out in their finery – hats and gloves were the order of the day. Our gentlemen also dressed for the occasion – ties, and even a tux complete with cummerbund! After viewing a table of Royal memorabilia, we watched a recording of the comings and goings of the wedding parties, and the pageantry of William and Kate exchanging vows in Westminster Abbey. For a generally very chatty group, the silence during the ceremony was impressive.
Our “Royal Tea” was equally impressive with cloth napkins and tablecloths, pretty cups and saucers, and even a silver tea service. Each table had a plate of fancy little sandwiches followed by individual plates of very special goodies. We even had “William’s wedding cake” made by Val Baba. Our kitchen helpers outdid themselves with continual refills of fresh hot tea served by our “butlers,” Rich and Art.
Many thanks to ALL the volunteers who provide pick-up for those who no longer are able to drive, meet and greet, bake and bring goodies, work in the kitchen, set up programs, and generally keep an eye on our valued elders who function more comfortably in a smaller venue.