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December 10, 2013

CU Victorian Tea draws 60

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Snow didn’t hinder Cameron University’s Simmons Center tie-in program, the Victorian Tea on Sunday.

And in its fifth year, the Victorian Tea had a strong participation, regardless of recent winter weather. Vivian Thomlinson, CU professor of English, hosted the program through the School of Liberal Arts.

“It’s a good way to support Cameron University-Duncan and to outreach to Duncan,” Thomlinson said.

In 2012, the tea saw a group of about 100 people. This year, the group was down to 60, but Thomlinson said it was great to see so many people show up in spite of recent snowfall. Classes for Cameron University and CU-Duncan were canceled Friday.

As with previous years, the Victorian Tea provided the School of Liberal Arts an opportunity to share Victorian poems. This year, the poems were from the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which was featuring poems by brotherhood founder Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Thomlinson said this year’s even was enjoyable. She said she appreciated the people who made it to the event, regardless of road conditions.

“It’s sort of a tradition,” she said. “It’s such a nice occasion.”

She said the event has been heavily supported by the Duncan community. Susan Camp, CU-Duncan program director, is among the biggest supporters, Thomlinson said.

Although the event does have a holiday theme each year, Thomlinson said the theme is supportive of all cultures and holidays. There isn’t a focus on anyone one holiday as a result.

“We try not to make it too Christmasy,” Thomlinson said.