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Archive for Saturday, June 2, 2012

British-themed bash honors queen’s 60 years as monarch

Vicki Reed, of Lawrence, claps while her father, Herbert Skea, a surname of Gaelic origin, waves the Royal Flag of Scotland as they listen to the band Dorian’s Wheel on Saturday during Lawrence’s Diamond Jubilee street party to honor Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years of reign. Tenth street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets was closed for most of Saturday with music, Scottish Highland dancers, a British car show and other activities.

Vicki Reed, of Lawrence, claps while her father, Herbert Skea, a surname of Gaelic origin, waves the Royal Flag of Scotland as they listen to the band Dorian’s Wheel on Saturday during Lawrence’s Diamond Jubilee street party to honor Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years of reign. Tenth street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets was closed for most of Saturday with music, Scottish Highland dancers, a British car show and other activities.

June 2, 2012

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Wearing a tweed jacket, grey trousers and red bow tie, Charlie Dillon stands in the middle of 10th Street from Massachusetts to New Hampshire streets. Dillon is dressed as the Doctor from the British television show “Doctor Who.” And tucked in his inside jacket pocket is a sonic screwdriver, an iconic tool used in the show, which he unveils to give his costume credibility.

“When I heard about this, I thought, ‘I have to get the outfit out,’” Dillon said.

Paul Goebel, of Lawrence, snaps a photograph of himself with a cardboard cutout of Prince Charles on Saturday during the celebration.

Paul Goebel, of Lawrence, snaps a photograph of himself with a cardboard cutout of Prince Charles on Saturday during the celebration.

Dillon normally dresses as the Doctor during the Renaissance Festival. But on Saturday, he donned the ensemble to attend the Diamond Jubilee street party, hosted by Brits, 929 Mass., and Queen Lizzy’s Fish and Chips, 125 E. 10th St.

The Diamond Jubilee is a celebration honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary as monarch. And Matt Poulton, owner of Lizzy’s, thought it would be a great occasion for local merchants to collaborate on an event.

“There are a lot of Anglophiles that live in this area, and there are a lot of expatriates,” Poulton said. “We were trying to think of something we could work together on to try to boost our customer base.”

So one night over drinks at the Red Lyon eight months ago, Poulton and Sally Helm, owner of Brits, got to talking and decided to throw a party.

The block of 10th Street from Massachusetts to New Hampshire was closed off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the celebration. There were about 10 English-themed booths lining the block. There were handcrafted jewelry and traditional English street games. The sounds of Celtic music drifted down the street. At one point, a three-person band named Dorian’s Wheel performed traditional Irish songs.

“Do you think the Queen would approve of Irish songs at her Diamond Jubilee?” Gwen Bohling, the mother of one of the band members, asked in jest.

“We aren’t playing any rebel songs,” responded Leslie Jabara, the band’s harpist.

The sweet smell of cotton candy wafted through the air as a thin crowd shuffled from one booth to the next. Only a small pack of people came to the street party, but a multitude attended Lizzy’s for a traditional British breakfast of English bacon, specialty sausage — apple and cinnamon, blueberry and maple, and tomato and basil — fried or scrambled egg, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, pudding and fried bread.

“It’s been absolutely crazy,” Poulton said. “We had 53 people in for breakfast. ... I just hope that everyone who comes down today has a fantastic time.”

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 6 months ago

Although the writer apparently didn't notice it, please see my blog on this page for background subjects on many areas (Reader's blogs) and a daily up-date with photographs on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. There is a lot of fascinating material which is included. Don't hesitate to make comments.

I am glad to see that so many people came to the event in Lawrence!

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

good thing we fought that little revolution thingy

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 6 months ago

Any other photos up yet from this soiree?

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, there are now four photographs from Lawrence by Craig Patterson on my Diamond Jubilee Blog 2. I've also sent them to the BBC. More will be forthcoming, as well.

verity 2 years, 6 months ago

The hats. I love the hats. No one does a hat like the Queen. No one. Not even the Duchess.

I never thought to see the Queen in a fascinator, but the hat she had on for the river jaunt was a small nod toward a fascinator. Who knows what the future may hold? If I saw the Queen in a fascinator, I could die happy.

verity 2 years, 6 months ago

No ruse, we did follow Alice down the rabbit hole. YOU should have been there, as should many others who were not. Very sad when the teachers and children work so hard to create and perfect their art and put on a mind-blowing performance and the auditorium is only half full, while people pay big bucks to get into Lied Center or the like.

No matter how hard Brownback tries to destroy education and art in Kansas, he will not succeed.

Now back on topic---the Queen's hats almost always look like a version of the Mad Hatter and for that I admire her greatly.

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