The "Tea, Trees and a Tiara" event was held at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) on Monday afternoon, May 21 to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th Jubilee. It was also a celebration of local residents Jane Rutledge and Gladys Burns, who each turned 100 years of age in May of this year. The ladies arrived in style. They were given a corsage, picked up by Ray Degan in an antique Beaumont convertible, and driven right to the doorway of the party, where they joined over one hundred other celebrants.
|Thank you Ray, driver of the day.|
Thank-you to Bloomin’ Inn Catering, Perfect Posies Greenhouse, Department of Canadian Heritage, Ray Degan, Denise Somerville, Pauline Breeze, Carol Berridge, Joan Glen, our board of directors, staff and volunteers that helped to make this a day filled with grace and joy.
Bob Westrop acted as Emcee for the event. KBPV Curator Farley Wuth discussed the history of Queen Elizabeth and her past relationship with the area. She visited here while she was still a princess. Later in the day Wuth gave an exposition about the Rutledge and Burns family histories.
|Mayor Olsen presents certificates to Jane Rutledge|
Mayor Ernie Olsen delivered a special message to each of these ladies from the Town of Pincher Creek. He presented them with certificates of honour from the MLA, Premier, Prime Minister, Governor General and the Queen. To celebrate the occasion, the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society will plant on the museum grounds three new trees that were on display beside the stage.
|Gladys Burns wishes will come true|
The Project Muse quartet gave a stirring rendition of 'God Save the Queen' to open the event and set a tone of refinement and elegance during the tea. Two rounds of Happy Birthday were sung while Rutledge and Burns blew out the candles on their cakes. More music ensued, provided by Phil Lethbridge and Jackie Therieault, who played many favorite selections of those gathered. They also fulfilled a special request made by Jane Rutledge, the Tennesse Waltz. Steven Rutledge led Jane in the waltz, capping off a perfect afternoon.