August is International month, and this year we shall celebrate Denmark in art, history, cuisine and culture. This month we have even more to celebrate, and that is the return to our Club in Ridgway Place. The Club room has been repainted and refurbished, and has already become a warm and welcoming haven for members, even without the artworks on the walls. Our Club art treasures will remain in storage for safekeeping while there is still major building activity taking place upstairs. We hope you will join us at the ‘Return to Ridgway Drinks’ on Friday 4 August, when we can together toast our homecoming.
Denmark is being highlighted in so many ways during the month. The Gala Dinner on Thursday 3 August features the Honorary Consul for Denmark in Victoria, Jan Ravnholt, who will deliver a stimulating and relevant talk on Denmark from a US/Australian perspective. Princess Mary will inspire the Creative and Classy Couture at the Short Lunch on Tuesday 29 August, and a previous Consul General for Denmark, Erik Jensen, will discuss Danish art and culture at the Club Lunch on Wednesday 30 August. Many of our Circles will embrace Denmark through literature, food, travel and art. Please come in and enjoy all that is on offer.
Although we are overjoyed to be restored to familiar surroundings, we will only have access to the first floor as work on the new level continues above. All work should be complete by early next year. In the meantime, some Circles are continuing to meet outside the Club, and others are able to be accommodated in corners of the Club room and in the Private Dining Room. Be assured however, that our existing kitchen and dining room are fully staffed and functioning superbly, so you can enjoy our cuisine as always.
I look forward to seeing you back in Ridgway Place. Please watch and listen for announcements regarding Circle locations as we settle down into comfortable though temporarily restricted areas in the Club.