Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mosaic Monday #10 Where Special Happens

I recently had the honour of attending a luncheon at the Famous People Players Dine and Dream Theatre to remember Jim Flaherty. (1949-2014)
Famous People Players (FPP) is the creation of Diane Dupuy, a recipient of the Order of Canada, first Canadian to receive the Library of Congress Award, Queen's Jubilee Medal of Honour, book author and the list goes on and on. FPP is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and has seen many developmentally challenged students take part over the years. 
Each event takes place at the Dine and Dream Theatre and all students learn to cook in the kitchen, serve the patrons and act on the stage. A note about the Newman's Own Kitchen...sponsored by Paul Newman himself.
The FPP group has travelled the world and been featured on the Rick Mercer Report. (link from the website www.famouspeopleplayers.com)
The Dine and Dream experience commenced with appetizers from Fina Scroppo, author of the new cookbook The Healthy Italian. We were then served a beet salad with frisee and a main course of roasted chicken and vegetables. Following dinner we went into the theatre in the next room for the performance and returned to apple pie with tea and coffee. Celebrity chef Christopher Woods gives his time to develop and create a menu which the team of players can help cook and serve.
Laureen Harper, Canada's First Lady (Prime Minister Harper's wife) was a special guest to honour Jim Flaherty seen with Diane Dupuy. (on the right holding her notes) Dupuy said that Flaherty supported FPP and was instrumental in getting the theatre financial help for their new location from the government during his term as federal finance minister.
internet source
Sadly Mr. Flaherty passed away in April this year, a month after resigning from his position. His wife, Christine Elliott was present to receive a medal in his honour.
On the left, one of well known puppets and the right is taken during the performance. The players whirl around dressed in black, use colourful props and white gloves under special lighting effects.
Hubby and I attended the event with my good friend Ruth who turned 94 this summer and has been a patron of the FPP for years.
This was the second occasion for me to attend a Dine and Dream event and I was as inspired by the students this time as I was the first. The list of famous names that contribute money for the program to run, along with Diane Dupuy's passion make FPP the success it is.
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29 comments:

  1. What a nice evening you had, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you! :)

    Reading about you Canadians having Thanksgiving right now induced a pie craving in me and I ended up baking pies this morning, lol. So I am celebrating too, haha.

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  2. Sounds like an enjoyable evening. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Thanks for hosting again this week.

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  3. Interesting, elegant, appetizing!
    Thank you for sharing this special event with us, dear Judith!

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  4. Dine and Dream sounds like a wonderful event and cause, Judith! It is sad that Mr, Flaherty passed so young, but nice that the FFP honored him and is continuing to encourage student to pursue their dreams. Your dinner looks do delicious!

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  5. Judith what a lovely event! The luncheon sounds awesome! Your friend Ruth is a lovely lady and it is wonderful she is enjoying life @ 94! Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

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  6. Oh such an interesting post as result of your lovely sounding evening! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  7. What a wonderful event to attend and enjoy with your close friends and hubby, Judith. Those puppets look amazing!!...:)JP

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  8. What a fun experience, and such an honor for Mr. Flaherty too. The food looks outstanding! What an enjoyable experience. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. A lovely image of you and your sweet friend. The food and evening looks and sounds like it was delightful. I hope you have a great week~

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  10. Thank you for sharing this amazing event. And Happy Thanksgiving Weekend. Thank you as always for hosting.

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  11. Not being Canadian, I had to look up Mr. Flaherty. You had a wonderful evening.

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  12. Judith what a worthy cause and wonderful idea. This is the type of event I love. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Judith.

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  13. That is a wonderful event to attend and a worthy presentation to honour the late Jim Flaherty. I'm sure you and your friend, Ruth, had a wonderful evening. Have a lovely week. Pam

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  14. It looks like a wonderful event.

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  15. Dine and Dream sounds like a wonderful organization that benefits many people. What a great occasion for honoring Jim Flaherty, a man much admired throughout Canada.

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  16. Judith this sounds like such an amazing event and organization, looks like you and Ruth may have had such a good time. So sad about Mr. Flaherty and only a month after resigning too

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  17. Happy Thanksgiving! I've enjoyed seeing photos of this amazing event! Thanks for hosting Mosaic Monday! Hugs, Diane

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  18. Happy Thanksgiving - and what a wonderful way to celebrate - the event looks like so much fun - and what creative people.

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  19. Looks interesting and delicious! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  20. How lovely to attend with your friend Ruth. I have heard lots of good things about the FPP
    Hope you are enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend.

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  21. Looks like a wonderful evening - and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  22. It looks like it was an evening to remember. Thank you for hosting us!

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  23. Hi Judith, very much enjoyed reading about the luncheon at the Famous People layers Dina and Dream Theatre to remember Jim Flaherty.

    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday no. 10 today. Always a pleasure to join in.

    Joy

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  24. Hi Judith,

    Jim Flaherty was our MP here in Whitby and we were shocked and saddened when he passed away. He was instrumental in helping various organizations and how wonderful he was a help to FPP.

    Your evening sounds lovely and the food delicious. I'm sure enjoyed yourself.

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  25. What a wonderful visit. The apple pie looked especially delicious, and it looked as though your friend enjoyed it a lot as well. xx

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  26. Sounds like a wonderful event, Judith. I am just stopping by to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope your day was special.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  27. Sounds like a really nice event and that food looked delicious.

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  28. What a wonderful event you and your hubby attended, Judith. I especially loved seeing your photo with your 94 year old friend! Don't we all wish we can look that great at 94 and be so active? I love hearing and seeing inspirational people like that.

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  29. How interesting. I did not know such events existed and it all looks like you had a wonderful time along with a delicious dinner. Judith, you look great !

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