Lithgow Library will be holding a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in conjunction with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 26 May from 10am-12pm. As part of the celebrations nationally renowned local costume designer Elizabeth Elwell-Cook will be conducting a talk on her costume designs at 10.30am.
Join us for a scrumptious morning tea, enjoy our guest speaker’s talk, and support the Cancer Council with a donation. Wear a ‘mad’ hat and go into the draw for a prize.
Elizabeth “Bess” Elwell-Cook is an experienced historical costumier. Her re-creations are diverse – from Ancient Egyptian, to High Renaissance, to the 20th Century. She prides herself on accuracy, having researched museum collections worldwide for detailed knowledge of cut and construction.
Past credits include “The Tempest – Steampunked!” for The Puzzle at the Sydney Fringe Festival 2012; a 1920s razor-gang-themed “All’s Well That Ends Well” (2013) for Shakespeare by the River; an award winning Elvis gold tuxedo replica; and a Leonardo Da Vinci costume that now resides as a permanent exhibit at the Da Vinci Museum in Seoul, Korea; as well as screen productions, medieval fairs and re-enactments.
Bess is currently working as conservator on the Girl Guides NSW & ACT historic uniform collection as part of her Master of Creative Practice with Charles Sturt University (Wagga), and the National Museum of Australia (Canberra), a new opera of The Water Babies to open at the Seymour Centre in June 2016, and is designing “Much Ado About Nothing” for Lithgow’s Blast Furnace Theatre into 2017.
“The library is a fabulous venue for the Biggest Morning Tea and this year’s celebration will be even more special with such an interesting special guest. I encourage everyone to come along and join in”, Mayor Maree Statham said.
Providing a range of quality exhibitions and community programs that offer educational and social opportunities for all members of the community is part of Council’s Caring for the Community Strategy in the Community Strategic Plan.
Mayor Maree Statham
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