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First Fridays Event in February to Feature English Tradition and Story

RELEASED: Jan. 23, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Pat Heins will present a program Feb. 6 titled "The Pearly Kings and Queens of London" at a First Fridays program for senior citizens.

A free continental breakfast will precede the presentation at Christ Church Cathedral, located on the corner of Lake and Farwell Streets in downtown Eau Claire. Doors will open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m.

A Pearly Queen is a woman in a traditional Cockney costume covered in mother-of-pearl buttons. These outfits were treasured heirlooms, handmade and sometimes representing much of a family's material worth. The buttons are sewn on in a variety of patterns; some hold symbolic meaning and may be passed down through families.

Heins will wear her Pearly Queen costume as she shares a true story rooted in medieval times that is still unfolding today.

For the safety of the senior citizen audience, the event will be cancelled if the Eau Claire Area School District has cancelled or delayed classes in the case of hazardous weather.

First Fridays occurs on the first Friday of each month October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community. Those who have season passes stamped each month will be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the May presentation. The program is funded in part by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts, by contributions from the Great Harvest Bread Company and Elliot Roberts.

Now in its seventh season, First Fridays is coordinated by Jennifer Brockpahler and Amanda Seveland of the University Centers Activities and Programs office and is hosted by Robert Rademaker, the dean of Christ Church Cathedral. Scott and Heather Kirby are First Fridays' community partners. The mission of First Fridays is to provide no-cost entertainment and educational experiences for senior citizens of the extended Chippewa Valley community through shared community and university sponsorship.

For more information or to be placed on a mailing list, call 715-836-2787 [ARTS].

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