RTHS Christmas Party 2012
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The RTHS Christmas Party December 2012

Article and Pictures by Lucy Martin

According to The Jewish Tribune, singing is a relatively new endeavor for the semi-retired Goldfarb, age 71. Previously, he owned Goldfarb's Olympic Sports Shop in Côte Saint-Luc near Montreal where the Tribune said kids might buy “their first pair of skates, baseball glove, football helmet and bicycle.” As part of the “We Entertain Seniors” circuit, Goldfarb has now given over 100 performances in only a year.

Of course food and music are essential parts of the holiday season. Yet I suspect the best part of these gatherings is the opportunity to enjoy relaxed conversation with those we know well and others we wish to know better.

Thanks go out to Ruth Wright for organizing the evening. As always, ideas, suggestions and volunteers for next year's Christmas function are most welcome.  

Lucy, Len_Goldfarb, Pat_Ear

   Karliss Adamsons, Jerry & Linda Reabeck, Brian & Ruth Wright

Christmas Fireplace at Manderly

Approximately 30 members and guests turned out on Dec. 12th for the RTHS Christmas gathering at Manderley Golf Club. Unlike some past parties, the evening was graced by mild weather which allowed for easy driving. At Manderley, no-host drinks were followed by a buffet of turkey, ham, lots of sides and an array of desserts.

After all that, it was entertainment time. Vice President Maureen McPhee paid year-end tribute to three student hires who helped Dickinson House have a very successful 2012. (Sarah Davies was unable to attend, but Kyle Trudel and Brandon Kassis were there.)

We were treated to a video production produced by this next generation of heritage interpreters, entitled “The Great Grist Wagon Robbery”. (It can been seen on YouTube by searching for that specific title.)  

   The Great Grist Wagon Robbery

My favorite parts? (Spoiler alert.) The way “our trusted companion” (Stuart Johnston Edwards) lifts his foot each time he gives his wife (Jessica Dash) a hug. The “trees” that wiz past fast moving rocks – er, wagons, were a hilarious touch. (Good job Melanie Parker and Allison Rowe as tree #1 and #2.) It was also amusing to see RTHS President Bill Tupper show up as the crime family patriarch of young wagon robber Kyle Trudel. And who knew sandwich bread could stop bullets?  

   The husband goes to work

In director's comments after the video, Kassis detailed some of that movie's challenges, such as maintaining continuity despite only having one pistol and one jacket for a scene with two actors.

   Kyle Trudel, Brandon Kassis, Maureen McPhee

A singer from Kanata, Len Goldfarb, enthusiastically rendered an extensive medley of hits made famous by Elvis and Dean Martin, interspersed with traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.