Marion and Pat arrived at our door a couple of weeks ago announcing that they had decided to have a Canada is 150 years old party on the 24th of January. What a good idea. We were to wear something red and white (our flag is red and white) ….or something with Canada on it.
Now what are we exactly celebrating you might ask. Well although Canada is much older than 150 1867 is the year of Canadian Confederation.
“Canadian Confederation (French: Confédération canadienne) was the process by which the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into one Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. Upon confederation, the old province of Canada was divided into Ontario and Quebec; along with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the new federal state was thus composed of four provinces. Over the years since Confederation, Canada has seen numerous territorial changes and expansions, resulting in the current configuration of ten provinces and three territories. "
We we were asked to bring a dish to the potluck dinner that was Canadian in origin. I struggled with that but decided to cook a pork roast that I’d brought with me and put a glaze of homemade red currant jelly on it. A first for a pork loin roast in the crock pot but it turned out well. I substituted the red currant jelly for the fig jam.
Here we are all starting to gather at about 4pm Canadians and their American friends.
Fred and Marion’s rig looking very Canadianish! The long table has been decorated with Marion’s potted flowers and is ready for the food.
That’s Robyn saying yay for Canada. I had to give her heck for not wearing something red but she said she didn’t have anything.
This the Canadian table with Canadian liquor, Hawkins cheezies (can’t get them in the USA) and other Canadian memorabilia. Our daughter Krista in Pittsburgh always asks to me bring her Hawkins Cheezies and Smarties!
Reg and Pat’s rig with lots of flags and red and white decor.
George and Sharen from Oregon chat with the very Canadian attired Eric.
Kathie and Jeannette.
Marilyn and Marion.
This is Sharen’s Canadian Wine!
Eddie and Sandi.
There was a lovely selection of appetizers. I really liked the cream cheese stuffed dates.
Sliced tomatoes with cheese and herbs.
Eric and Fred discuss important stuff!
Marilyn says “ Hmmm which one shall I try?”
Felipe wondered what happened to all his tables….well they’re over here.
Doesn’t that look nice.
Soon Reg will blow his horn and Marion will give us some directions for this party.
First we will sing the National Anthem.
Jeannette who has a lovely voice led us in the singing of ……
What next Marion?
Fred said Grace in English and in French.
Frank and Bill.
With true Canadian hospitality Marion invited our non Canadian guests to eat first.
Now the rest of us can start and there was lots of food for all.
We even had Canadian napkins.
Many dishes were very Canadian like flapjacks, venison stew and split pea soup.
The dessert table is covered and we have been told “ No dessert until everyone has eaten!”
That looks good! People who don’t know about the blog are always surprized when I take a picture of their food.
That looks yummy as well.
The Canadian table.
Hal’s dinner and he even had a bowl of the pea soup. He said it was really good.
Fish eye picture…looks a little odd don’t you think?
Now Marion called up all the people who are Canadians by choice along with those who have a parent who wasn’t born in Canada. Eric didn’t want to go but Marion came and got him and told him that he would get to have dessert first as prize. That motivated him!
Fred thinks this is a dandy idea!
Lots of dessert for everyone from apple pie to Nanaimo bars and it was all served up by the people who made it.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and a great idea.
Thanks to Marion and Fred as well as Pat and Reg.