The Palm Court - 25 Oct 2005
A trio of violin, cello and piano playing in the
light of standard lamps amid the potted plants with a
candelabra and trailing ivy on the piano for good measure.
Delicate cucumber sandwiches... scones, jam and whipped
cream... little catherine wheel sandwiches... butterfly
cakes.... cream gateaux and many other delicacies - a
beautiful spread. Yes, in the style of tea at the Ritz,
Aquarius became the Palm Court.
We were treated to outstanding performances by
Pat Halling's Palm Court Trio. Pat led us through the history
of the Palm Court with music to match. Robin really made the
cello sing with Saint Saens' "Swan" from the Carnival of the
Mandy has a lovely voice and sung at Aquarius
for the first time. Mike on piano was a treat as usual. John
and Anne were persuaded to demonstrate the Viennese Waltz to
the strains of the Merry Widow, and many of us took to the
floor to dance to a reprise at the end of the concert.
The spread of food which followed was a real
picture. Many thanks to Diana, Janet, Linda and Pat. Thanks
also to the unsung heroes, Peter behind the bar, and Stuart
who did everything from setting out the club beforehand to
tidying up the next day. Stuart was also official
photographer. Watch the website for some pics.