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Taking a walk through history one cup of tea at a time


SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Feelings of nostalgia were stirred up for 100-year-old Summerside resident Mildred Savidant when she recently attended a heritage event in Summerside.

The Eptek Centre’s Heritage Tea invited guests to dress for the occasion, which inclued vivid Victorian ensembles and elegant Edwardian fashions modelled by staff serving the guests.

As Victorian dresses swooshed past tables of dainty sandwiches, savouries, scones, all tiered on cake stands with a variety of teas served in beautiful China cups, Savidant reminisced on her youth.

“Summerside has changed an awful lot, but there are still many buildings left that I remember when I was a kid.”

Born in 1917, Savidant noted, “There were a few cars, not too many, mostly horses and wagons back then.”

Her daughter, Cathy Clow, says Savidant’s knowledge goes way back.

“Over the years Mom has contributed to the heritage of Summerside, and today we are here to celebrate Canada 150.”

Nikkie Gallant, the administrator and curatorial assistant at the Eptek Centre, noted staff had “baked up a storm” and got into the spirit of Canada 150 for this recent event.

She added, “This is a fundraiser to support programming at the centre, as well as bursaries for students studying the arts.”


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