A party fit for queen

Historic Stewart Farm celebrates Victoria's birthday on May 22.

Queen Victoria

Be part of Queen Victoria’s royal visit celebrating her birthday – party like it’s 1895 at Royal Victorian Party at Historic Stewart Farm on Sunday, May 22 from 12-3 p.m.

The farm’s impersonator queen will cut birthday cake and grace visitors with selfies and royal portraits.

Waist coats and feathered hats are encouraged but not mandatory. Subjects attending the free, all-ages event are invited to:

• Watch the Vancouver Morris Men perform their colourful and lively dances. Also set to perform are their female dance troupe counterparts, the Tiddley Cove Morris dancers and the fabulous Little Mountain Step n Clog.

• Revel in the reels of the Brigadoon Scottish Highland dance group.

• Create a bejeweled crown and craft a scepter fit for royalty.

• Take a turn and churn ice cream the old fashioned way.

• Play croquet, make bubbles and hula hoop on the farmhouse lawn.

• Take a moment to relax on the veranda while sipping lemonade and indulging in a slice of birthday cake with ice cream.

• Enjoy a family picnic on the scenic grounds.

Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, May 24 became known as Victoria Day.  The date was meant to remember the late queen who was deemed the “Mother of Confederation.”

In 1952, the holiday was officially moved to the Monday prior to May 24. Celebrations for the holiday date back to 1845.

The Historic Stewart Farm is located at 13723 Crescent Rd.

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