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Guy Fawkes Night Fest

Saturday November 5th

Guy Fawkes

Who was Guy Fawkes and why is Guy Fawkes Night celebrated?

Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated in Britain annually on November 5th. The event is accompanied by firework displays, the lighting of bonfires and the ceremonial effigy-burning of one Guy Fawkes. The origin of this celebration stems from events which took place in 1605 and was a conspiracy known as "The Gunpowder Plot," intended to take place on November 5th of that year (the day set for the opening of Parliament). The object of The Gunpowder Plot was to blow up English Parliament along with the ruling monarch, King James I. It was hoped that such a disaster would initiate a great uprising of English Catholics, who were distressed by the increased severity of penal laws against the practice of their religion.

The conspirators began plotting early in 1604. The plan went awry, however, by way of a myserious letter received by Lord Monteagle on October 26th (10 days prior to the opening of Parliament). Monteagle, brother-in-law of Francis Tresham (another of the conspirators and likely author of the correspondence...although this was never proven), was urged in the letter not to attend Parliament on opening day. When the message was revealed to the First Earl of Salisbury and others, they took steps which led to the discovery of the hidden cache and the arrest of Guy Fawkes on the night of November 4th as he entered the cellar. It provoked hostility against all British Catholics and led to an increase in the harshness of laws against them. Even to this day, it is the law that no Roman Catholic may hold the office of monarch and the reigning king or queen remains Supreme Head of the Church of England.

Our club exists to venerate an English car manufacturer which has been around for nearly a hundred years. It seems appropriate, therefore, that we also recognize other English traditions of long standing. Guy Fawkes Day is one of these, and this year we will celebrate it by having a "Very English Party" on November 5th at the home of Cort & Gail Farmer, 102 Slate Ridge Ct., El Dorado Hills, CA.

We will gather at 4:30 p.m. for conversation and enjoyment of a nice selection of cheeses and crackers, accompanied by your choice of libations. We suggest you bring English beer, in keeping with the theme of the party, but, as usual, you are free to bring whatever you enjoy.

Jane Alexander, well known in our club for not only being English but also a superb cook, will (with Gail's assistance) provide a dinner of English sausages, mashed potatoes, cottage pie, peas and baked beans. Two very British desserts will follow: Trifle and a Fruit Crumble with Bird's custard. The result will be a traditional and proper English autumnal meal. As the sun sets, we will light a discreet “bonfire” in our yard with the possibility of the ceremonial burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy.

Cost: For this excellent repast will be just $10 per person, a bargain if ever there was one!
What to Bring: Your favorite beverage. English beer suggested.
Where: 102 Slate Ridge Ct. El Dorado Hills (Gate code to follow via SVMGCC email)
Enter off White Rock, do NOT let your GPS have you try to enter off Carson Canyon (exit gate only, no entry)

Please RSVP to Cort at cwfreno@gmail.com  no later than October 25th to receive the code to the front gate of the community, and to give us an accurate count for food and beverages.

We hope you will join us to celebrate an old English tradition in a modern setting!