Once upon a time, Windsor was the King of Entertainment.

Supper Clubs with big-name entertainment were common. Tom Jones, Paul Anka, Bobby Vinton, Brenda Lee, Ricky Nelson, Rich Little just to name a few performing celebs around Windsor.

A couple of weeks ago, we dug up these autographed celebrity glossies my mother had stashed away.

Top Hat Supper Club featuring Norm Crosby

Top Hat Supper Club in Windsor Ontario

Top Hat Supper Club featuring Ricky Nelson

Top Hat Supper Club in Windsor Ontario

My mother Cécile was a waitress at a couple of those clubs. One called the Top Hat Supper Club was attended mainly by well-do-to Americans. Detroit, Michigan is right across the river connected by the Ambassador Bridge and the famous tunnel.

She also worked at The Metropole. At the time it was on the decline. She got fired because she forgot to give a customer currency exchange on their breakfast. A simple mistake. In any case, the owner begged her to come back.  She worked hard for the money, was great with customers and her boss at the Metropole was no mister congeniality. He couldn’t un-pop his firecracker this time.

Top Hat Supper Club featuring Brenda Lee

Top Hat Supper Club in Windsor, Ontario

Top Hat Supper Club featuring The Arbors

Top Hat Supper Club featuring Mike Drakich your HostMike Drakich (right) at the Top Hat was a great guy to work for. A waitress splitting $50 to $75 in nightly tips with the bartender was a lot of dough back then.

In later years the Top Hat struggled to reinvent itself and was finally torn down in October, 2008.

It was the place to be. Hip and happening and my mom was there.

The Top Hat Supper Club! So long.

Cécile went on to further her education in Accounting, while raising five kids.

That was pretty amazing.

Super Mom, Super Star.

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