Afternoon Tea March 8th

Our speaker today was Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services and Curator for the City of St. Catharines.  She spoke to us about the construction of the Welland Ship Canal, which is the fourth canal built, and the men who gave their lives to help realize this massive engineering undertaking.  It took from 1913 to 1935 to build the canal and its eight locks, with a pause between 1916-1919 for WWI.  The canal carries about 3,000 ships which carry about 40,000,000 tons of cargo a year.  The photos she showed gave us a very good idea of the difficulties the workers faced carving their way through the escarpment to get the canal from Port Weller to Port Colborne.

Join us for our final luncheon April 12th at noon.  Call Jo Shapiro 416-622-2421 to make a reservation.  Our entertainment will be K2, a young dynamic vocal duo.

P1200360Welland Canal stats

Collecting name tags and buying 50/50 tickets


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50/50 winner! Yes, men are welcome as guests to all our meetings.

Afternoon Tea February 8th

Who knew how many things were invented in the Roaring 20’s, and why it was called “roaring”? Lianne Harris explained all this and more in her presentation to the group. Penicillin, the assembly line, Q-tips, the lie detector, hair dryer, Band-aid, combustion engine, bulldozer, Kool-Aid, and the bread slicer were all invented in that decade, and the effects of these inventions on society was explained to us. It was termed the “Roaring 20s” because of the noise created by all the construction going on and the airplanes flying people around. Lianne’s presentations are always informative and fun, and her costumes just make the day.



Afternoon Tea January 18th

Gary Hines Jan 18table 1 Jan 18table 2 Jan 18This afternoon, our guest speaker was Gary Hines, an Air Traffic Controller at Pearson Airport. He has been there for 20 years, and explained to us what goes on “up there in the tower”, complete with slides to show the work environment. It’s complicated, and ATC personnel have to be totally focused in their work to prevent accidents in the air and on the ground. His presentation was fascinating, and earned a great round of applause from our members and guests.

Holiday Luncheon December 7th

We were royally entertained by The Retro Ramblers, as we sang along to their beautiful harmonies, and were kept in stitches by their zany sense of humour. Before their performance, we enjoyed a delicious luncheon thanks to the talents of the Executive Chef at Markland Wood.



Joan, winner of the 50/50 draw.
Ruth, winner of the table decoration.

Fall luncheon 2018

Our fall luncheon started off by pinning three new members.   We are delighted to have them join us.

We then enjoyed a delicious salmon lunch, followed by wonderful music by vocalist Nicole Lisa Craig and Donald Quan on violin and tabla drums.

Check out our upcoming program for more interesting afternoons.

3 new members
Pinning new members
Nicole Lisa Craig
enjoying the music
Enjoying the music
Donald and his instruments
Donald and his instruments

Program for 2018-2019

October 12, 2018 Fall Luncheon

Nicole Lisa Craig will entertain us with her musical talents, blending elements of folk, adult contemporary, classical and soft pop vocals.  Reservation required.

November 9, 2018 Tea

Thanh Campbell was the 32nd orphan airlifted form Vietnam on April 12, 1975.  There were 56 other babies airlifted as well.  Thanh will talk about his life in Canada, tracking down the other orphans, and re-uniting with his family.

December 7 2018 Holiday Luncheon

Elder statesmen Retro Ramblers will entertain us with their wonderful four-part harmonies.   Reservation required.

January 18, 2019 Tea

Gary Hines has been an air traffic controller at Pearson Airport for several years, and he will talk to us about what goes on “up there in the tower”.

February 8, 2019 Tea

The costume lady is back!  Lianne Harris will regale us with her version of the 1920s.  This will be a fun afternoon.

March 8, 2019 Tea

Kathleen Powell is supervisor of Historical Services in St. Catharines, and she will speak to us about the history of the Welland Canal and the fallen workers who helped build it.

April 12, 2019 Spring Luncheon

Once again we will be entertained by musicians from the famed Humber Music School.  Reservation required.

All luncheons and teas are preceded by half an hour of social time.  Luncheons begin at 12:00, teas at 1:30, at Markland Wood Golf Club.  Luncheons are $45 for members and guests, teas are $10 for guests.

For reservations or more information, please call Jo Shapiro, 416-622-2421, or email her at



April 2018 Luncheon

We were treated to some wonderful jazz music by three very talented musicians from the Humber College School of Music.  Christopher Tufaro on piano, Erik Larson on bass and David Steinmetz on drums had us tapping our feet for a whole hour, listening to the great old standards and a few new pieces as well.  They were a wonderful finale to our season, and we look forward to getting together again in October.