Time in a cup

Eptek Cen­tre stirs up the past with af­ter­noon Her­itage Tea

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FOOD | COMMUNITY - BY DE­SIREE AN­STEY

Feel­ings of nos­tal­gia were stirred up for 100-year-old Sum­mer­side res­i­dent Mil­dred Savi­dant when she re­cently at­tended a her­itage event in Sum­mer­side.

The Eptek Cen­tre’s Her­itage Tea in­vited guests to dress for the oc­ca­sion, which in­clude vivid Vic­to­rian en­sem­bles and el­e­gant Ed­war­dian fash­ions mod­elled by staff serv­ing the guests.

As Vic­to­rian dresses swooshed past ta­bles of dainty sand­wiches, savouries, scones, all tiered on cake stands with a va­ri­ety of teas served in beau­ti­ful China cups, Savi­dant rem­i­nisced on her youth.

“Sum­mer­side has changed an aw­ful lot, but there are still many build­ings left that I re­mem­ber when I was a kid.”

Born in 1917, Savi­dant noted, “There were a few cars, not too many, mostly horses and wag­ons back then.”

Her daugh­ter, Cathy Clow, says Savi­dant’s knowl­edge goes way back.

“Over the years Mom has con­trib­uted to the her­itage of Sum­mer­side, and to­day we are here to cel­e­brate Canada 150.”

Nikkie Gal­lant, the ad­min­is­tra­tor and cu­ra­to­rial as­sis­tant at the Eptek Cen­tre, noted staff had “baked up a storm” and got into the spirit of Canada 150 for this re­cent event.

She added, “This is a fundraiser to sup­port pro­gram­ming at the cen­tre, as well as bur­saries for stu­dents study­ing the arts.”

DE­SIREE AN­STEY/JOUR­NAL PIONEER

Cathy Clow, stand­ing, and her 100-year-old mother Mil­dred Savi­dant, en­joy the pleasures of the past at the re­cent Her­itage Tea in Sum­mer­side.

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