On the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, members of Sackville’s Once-In-A-While-Club gathered at the home of Kathleen McMullen for a special afternoon tea celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Club.
The Club was formed in December 1913 by a small group of Sackville women who wished to continue their education by presenting talks to one another and holding discussions on a variety of topics. Most programs in the first year were related to literary work, but topics soon expanded to include musical recitals, theatrical presentations and biographical sketches on noted politicians, artists and writers. From its beginnings, membership has been kept at a number that allows meetings to be held in private homes, a tradition that continues today.
Recent presentations have examined modern farming ideas, the history of standing stones in Europe, and how quilts were used as communication devises in the Underground Railroad movement in the mid 1800s.
The Once In A While Club has always been comprised of women of all ages from both the Mount Allison University and Sackville communities. It continues, after 100 years, to provide both intellectual stimulation and camaraderie.