Midwinter dinner

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This week at Casey: 28 June 2013

This week we celebrated the winter solstice with a midwinter dinner amongst other things. This celebration has a significant history behind it reaching as far back as the first group of explorers to experience a winter in the Antarctic. We received over 30 invitations to other midwinter celebrations from more than 10 countries with bases in Antarctica, each invite with its own bit of personality and flair. As tempting as some were, we all “decided” to stay in and celebrate here at Casey. Dress was formal for some, less formal for others. Mood was cheerful for all and after weather delayed our midwinter swim we were ready for a bit of excitement. 

We did pause a moment to remember the Canadian aircrew who perished this year in the Twin Otter as well as those before them who lost their lives in this harsh environment. And then we honoured them with festivities they all would have appreciated. Food started arriving at the table around 4pm and didn’t stop until after 10pm with 12 courses total to enjoy. This day was an easy victory for the chef (and so close to the monthly weigh-ins, oh no).

With our bellies full of Scotty’s delicious creations we exchanged gifts. There was an amazing amount of effort put into the “secret Santa” exchange and the skills of some of these guys were on full display. It was a great night overall. It was a time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far, and a night on which we could start to look forward to warmer weather and longer days. I felt proud to be a part of this group, indebted to those who paved the way for us to have this opportunity, and I also felt very, very full! The chatter slowly quietened and everyone drifted off to their rooms, probably thinking as I was: half-way there.

Chad S. 

A group shot of everyone at Casey. All smartly dress except for Gavin in a Wilfred suit
Midwinter dinner

(Photo: Michael Salinas)

A profile picture down a long dinner table with expeditioners at the table
Candlelit dinner

(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Another shot of the dinner table with expeditioners waiting for the next course
Waiting for the next course

(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Gavin in a Wilfred dog suit
Gavin aka Wilfred, delivers a speech

(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Duck breast dish with yellow coloured sauce.
Duck breast, corn crema, shitake mushrooms and star anise

(Photo: Leon Hamilton)

A pink jelly like dish with pink fairy floss on top
Turkish delight panna cotta with Persian fairy floss

(Photo: Leon Hamilton)

Allan standing up during his speech at the end of the table
Allan's opening speech

(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Ben standing up for a speech
Ben's dedication to the Kenn Borek Air crew

(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Gavin in a dog suit showing his gift of a wooden clock shaped as Antarctica
Gift opening

(Photo: Michael Salinas)

Mark with his gift of a wooden box
Gift opening

(Photo: Michael Salinas)

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