Vancouver Oxford & Cambridge Society

OCCASIONAL BULLETIN # 113 – JULY 14,  2016

OCCASIONAL BULLETIN #113 – JULY 14TH, 2016
Dear VOCS Members:

This OB is a reminder about a another fun VOCS Summer Season event that is quickly approaching, and a report on the hugely successful Kid-Friendly Garden Party (the “Kidnic”) held at the UK consulate garden on July 9th. It also contains some much sought-after advice about the source of the 120 scones happily munched down at the Kidnic.

BARD ON THE BEACH POTLUCK PICNIC AND PLAY, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (THE “BARDNIC”) ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 2016 AT 6:00PM AT THE BARD ON THE BEACH SITE IN VANIER PARK, NEXT TO FALSE CREEK.

One of VOCS’s most successful events each year is the wonderful potluck dinner held in the marquee tent at the Bard on the Beach site, followed by a play in the Big Bard Tent. It is a great chance to enjoy the full Bard Village ambiance and entertain yourself and your guests while meeting new faces, followed by a rollicking and much acclaimed production of one of Shakespeare’s best comedies.

Bard decided to bring back its 2012 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor (Ontario) for at least three reasons. First, it was the most popular of their four productions in 2012. Second, the folks at
Bard longed to put their production on the big stage at Bard after being urged to do so by many who felt its appearance on the small stage in 2012, while hugely entertaining, was a bit cramped. Third, with God knows how many dead bodies lying about at the end of Romeo and Juliet and Othello, Bard fans needed a break!

There are still tickets left for the Bardnic. If you are new to VOCS, you must not miss this fundamental part of the VOCS Summer Season. If you are not new to VOCS, we are sure you will need no convincing.

Price per attendee is $52.00, which includes the ticket price and a small share of the marquee rental cost. Bring your own favourite potluck food offering. VOCS is well blessed with the Spirit of Pot-Luckery, which invisible force guarantees just the right mix of starters, main course delicacies both animal and vegetable, salads, baked things, and desserts. Wine and beer will be sold at the marquee bar. Bring cash or cheque payable to “The Vancouver Oxford & Cambridge Society” to the Bardnic table to the left of the Bard gates, where a volunteer will welcome you, take your money, and give you a ticket.

To sign up for the Bardnic, please send an email to our President, Alan Lund, at *protected email*.
Because we have to pre-purchase tickets, which cannot be returned after July 22nd we must hear back from you before the end of the day on July 22nd.

See you there!

KIDNIC REPORT

We at VOCS were awakened at 2:00AM on the morning of Kidnic Day by the roaring of rain on the roof! As the horror of the situation sunk into my vexed, beating, stuffed, and stopped-up brain, I jumped into dressing gown and slippers to seek out my trusty “truth machine” (a.k.a. Daddy’s iPad). Having found the Truth Machine, I zeroed in on the Weather Network. To my joy, it told me that skies would clear at 2:00PM on Kidnic Day and continue thus until after the critical time.

In fact, the weather for Kidnic 2016 was absolutely brilliant. This may have been the result of the Early Music Vancouver board’s persistent long days of sun-dancing. We will see whether sun-dancing works for the Warren-Dunn Croquet Match 2016 on August 29th.

Over 100 members and guests, including at least 24 kids and one greyhound, attended Kidnic 2016 in the wonderful garden of the UK consular residence. As we know, it was the swansong of entertainments in that wonderful garden, but a very good one it was.

Large quantities of Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, tea, scones, cream, jam, cucumber, egg, asparagus, peanut butter and jam, and ham and cheese sandwiches were consumed, along with juice and ice cream for the younger set.

Members and guests of all ages and stages appeared, from a young man just finished his first year of engineering at Jesus, Cambridge, to a professor whose lectures I attended as a freshman at UBC in 1965!

The children played a relaxed-rules form of croquet, blew bubbles galore, and ran about happily, and everyone else seemed to have a wonderful social time meeting new friends or catching up with old ones.

Well-deserved thanks were given by our President, Alan Lund, along with tokens of appreciation, to Rupert and Juliette Potter, who have so generously played host and hostess to Kidnic 2015 and 2016.

(For the many who asked, the really wonderful scones eaten at Kidnic 2016 can be obtained for ready money from Bigsby the Bakehouse, located near to the corner of 33rd Ave. and Mackenzie St. in Vancouver.)

Cheers

We at VOCS, in retirement….