St Stephen’s 2013 British Garden Party and Fête is just around the corner! We’ve got lots of fun in store for you. Join us Saturday, May 4th, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on the Church grounds: fun, games, and food for the entire family!
- John F. Nicoll Pipe Band. The Scots be representin’. The Band is part of our opening ceremonies, and then they’ll play a set or two later in the day.
- Maypole. The Maypole is back, and dancers from the British Folk Music Society will be on hand to demonstrate a Maypole dance and to lead volunteers from the crowd!
- His Majesty Henry VIII. Once again, the King will be in town to greet his loyal subjects
- Camerata Musica. This engaging a capella ensemble makes a repeat appearance.
- Wheels of Chance. We have three brand new wheels! Take a spin to win bottles with a variety of contents, or bottles of wine, or chocolate.
- Flower Show. Creative flower arrangements. This year’s theme is “Best of British”.
- Windsor Bouncy Castle. What’s there to say? Everyone loves the Bouncy Castle—including the kids who are too large for it.
- Face Painting. Which is scarier? Lions or mimes?
- Races. Okay, adults can join in these, too. There are Egg Races, Wheelbarrow Races, and Sack Races, for various combinations of participants.
- High Tea in the Parish Hall. Sandwiches, scones, pastries, and, of course, tea.
- The Barley Mow Pub on the Lawn. Come visit the newly refurbished Pub! The beer selection will be announced shortly.
- Annie’s Specialities. Cornish and Welsh pasties, sausage rolls, Plougman’s lunches. There’s also American fare (hot dogs (or “snorkers”, as we calls ‘em)) on the other side of the pub.
- Greyhound Rescue League. Did you realize that greyhounds are that big?
- Covent Garden Herb Stall. Once again this year we’re offering herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, and other herbs that no one sings about.
- Carnaby Street Bake Sale. Cakes, brownies, cookies baked by St Stephen’s bevy of first–class bakers. (Get a sample of what’s available at the December Cookie Walk.)
- Arts & Crafts. Various knick-knacks and whatnots hand made by parishioners, including miniature Maypoles, to keep a bit of spring in your house all year round.
- Portobello Road White Elephant Stall. Only the best jumble will do.
The 2007 British Garden Party and Fête was a rousing success. The weather was beautiful, the food and beverages were plentiful, and there were lots of activities for people to enjoy. Here are some photos from the activities on the lawn in front of the church, plus a few shots of entries in the Flower Arranging competition.
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