Maureen Haddock was extremely honoured when a selection from her book Get a Bigger Wagon was chosen by the Seasonal Readings jury panel to be performed at Government House on December 14, 2005. Her Honour Dr. Lynda Haverstock, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and His Honour Mr. Harley Olsen hosted the Seasonal Readings to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Libraries and Authors Centennial Tour. The tour was the result of a partnership between the Lieutenant Governor, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Saskatchewan Library Association. During this Centennial year twenty-eight authors visited thirty-seven libraries, showcasing Saskatchewan’s talented writers and highlighting the vital role of libraries.
The warmth and charm of Government House on the evening of the Seasonal Readings was in sharp contrast to the snow and ice outside. Mr. Gary Hyland was a warm and witty Master of Ceremonies. Her Honour, the Honourable Dr. Lynda Haverstock, enlightened those in attendance as she spoke about the vibrant cultural history we have in Saskatchewan. Talented young actors from the Theatre Department at the University of Regina read excerpts from the writings of seven Saskatchewan authors. The variety of selections presented, provided guests with an opportunity to laugh and shed a tear while making mental notes about books they might like to read.
After the performances, guests were invited to a reception in the Henry Newlands Ballroom. The elegance of this room provided a wonderful setting for conversation and refreshments. Many guests toured the residential portion of the house, marveling at the wonderful antique furnishings, the art and the Christmas décor while experiencing a glimpse into life at Government House as it must have been, long ago.
This memorable evening was charming in every way.
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