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OCCASIONAL BULLETIN #127 – AUGUST 18TH, 2017

OCCASIONAL BULLETIN #127 – AUGUST 18TH, 2017

Dear VOCS Members:

We at VOCS write this with two fans playing on your tireless correspondent de rerum vocsarum. The sun casts a reddish light through the smoke from the fires of the Interior. Withall, we are woken from our Summer afternoon’s slumber to put together a report on the Bardnic held on July 23rd and to give reminder notices of (i) the Warren–Dunn Croquet Match at the Vancouver Croquet Club, to be held on August 27th, (ii) the Italian Feast at Pronto Restaurant on Cambie, to be held on October 3rd, and (iii) the Varsity Match Breakfast, to be held at the Manchester Pub on Broadway on December 7th.

 

8TH ANNUAL BARD ON THE BEACH PICNIC AND PLAY (“BARDNIC”) – HELD ON SUNDAY, JULY 23RD, 2017

July 23rd proved to be a perfect Summer’s evening for the sold-out 8th annual Bardnic. The potluck dinner provided by all those attending was probably the best one yet, with masses of food of all sorts washed down with good Bard wine and beer. Claire Sakaki, the Managing Director of Bard, was kind enough to give us a little preview of what Two Gentlemen of Verona is all about, standing in for Christopher Gaze, who was off on holiday in Europe for the first time in any Bard season.

The play made clear why its tickets had been largely sold out even before it opened. The production was brilliant, with, as promised, star turns by Gerdie the basset hound playing the part of “Crabbe,” the dog.

There is some suggestion that stardom may have gone to Gerdie’s head. Doggywood next?

 

THE 7TH ANNUAL WARREN–DUNN CUP CROQUET MATCH, TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 27TH, 2017 FROM 12:30–6:00PM AT THE VANCOUVER CROQUET CLUB, 4376 WEST 6TH AVENUE IN VANCOUVER

Croquet (a very olde game) has survived since at least the Conquest, as it is one of the only games that you can play happily with a minimum of knowledge or skill and without ever having played it before. This ought to appeal to those amongst us who are not particularly sporty and who do not particularly care whether they win or lose, as long as they, or someone out on the lawn, plays the game. We at VOCS happily count ourselves amongst that drone-like crew. Vide infra.

On the other hand, there are those who come to the field with finely balanced, hand-tailored mallets personalized with their names picked out in gilt, with worker-bee-like, white-hot fires of competition burning, hours of practice behind high hedges on secret lawns to their credit, and very keen to achieve dark- or light-blue honours with receipt of the Warren–Dunn Cup. Vide infra.

Fortunately, both drones and worker bees can share knocking the coloured balls through the hoops on the same green sward, as well as intervals with Pimm’s, cucumber sandwiches, scones, cream and fruit, tea and biscuits. Also, drones can happily just come to watch and partake in the goodies while meeting old friends and new.

We at VOCS would be delighted to hear from anyone who can help with handling the making and serving of tea and even bringing some goodies. Some of our regular standby providers of goodies are will be on vacation or otherwise engaged on the day and it would be greatly appreciated by VOCS and fellow VOCSians if one or more of you that are handy at tea goodies would step forward to fill the breach. Full instructions on how to construct cucumber sandwiches will be available to brave volunteers wanting to help and keen to learn how to create those little items of ambrosia.

If you can help with Match preparations or plan on coming to the Match just to play or observe and chat, please send an email to Jeremy Marr at *protected email*. The cost per player is $30 and for non-playing sojourners is $10. Please pay at the Match.

VOCS ITALIAN FEAST TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 3RD, 7:00PM AT PRONTO RESTAURANT, LOCATED AT 3475 CAMBIE STREET IN VANCOUVER (JUST ACROSS FROM THE PARK THEATRE)

This will be VOCS’s first Italian food feast, following on previous Chinese, Greek, and Indian feasts. Pronto serves excellent Italian food, and what is better than that? There will be a set menu of salads and pastas, a separate area for the feast, and, of course, as much good red wine as can be afforded by your pocket book or your constitution, whichever comes first! The price per diner will be $30 for food, with dessert and hooch extra. Payment will be in respect of separate bills issued to individuals or groups of diners and paid to the restaurant.

The menu will be as follows:

Gnocchi pesto

Rigatoni Bolognese

Penne primavera (vegetarian option)

Seafood linguini

Caesar salad

Insalata mista or tossed organic greens

 

Seating is limited to 30 diners, so if you want to come to the Italian Feast, please be in touch with Peter Moskos at *protected email*.

THE 3RD ANNUAL VARSITY MATCH BREAKFAST, TO BE HELD AT THE MANCHESTER PUB AT 1941 WEST BROADWAY IN VANCOUVER AT 8:00AM ON DECEMBER 7TH, 2017

Rugby fans amongst VOCS membership (and who would that leave out?) will not want to miss a huge English breakfast and the Varsity Match on a big screen to cheer one up as Winter exerts its dark charms upon Vancouver. In line with last year, local rugger types from local rugger teams will be invited in order to give the whole event a heartier atmosphere and, no doubt, cheer the heart of the publican.

There is one hitch in this event. The ladies’ Varsity Match, by the calculation of we at VOCS, starts at 3:30AM B.C. time, being 11:30AM English time. We have profound doubts that the Manchester Pub can induce kitchen staff and servers to come in before 3:30AM to deal with what would likely be a rather small crowd. There will be negotiations with the pub about perhaps playing a recording of the ladies’ match after the gentlemens’ match is over. Look for information on this in a later OB, please.

There is no admission charge. You just have to pay for your breakfast. Yum…..

That’s all for now. Hope we see you at one or more of the remaining 2017 VOCS events.

Summer cheers from us at VOCS……