Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring Tea at Saint Philips Church, to benefit the Tower Fund

By Lori Ann Larocque
April 18, 2013

Last Saturday [April 13], I attended my first Spring Tea event at Saint Philips Church with my family.  We were so happy to have been among the lucky ones to get tickets, as the event was sold out.  Despite Mother Nature’s stubbornness to grace us with beautiful springtime weather, the atmosphere inside Memorial Hall was jovial.

Many guests were bedecked in their English Tea Party finery, as whimsical hats, fascinators, pastel colours and happy smiles dotted the room.  The afternoon appeared to be the perfect antidote to the dreary skies that we awoke to on Saturday morning.

The hall was sweetly decorated for the occasion.  Tables were trimmed in greens and pinks, and every plate was graced with a pink rose.  After a beautiful prayer led by Father Jim, the party began swiftly.  To start: a wonderful selection of Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Jasmine teas.  Delicious savory finger sandwiches were brought to the tables by an efficient and courteous group of Girl Guides.  The timing was right on – not too long after finishing the first service our plates were removed and the 2nd service began.  Up next were delectable scones, butter and jam.  We could feel our waistlines expanding by the minute!  More tea was delivered by our fantastic group of waiters.  The third service was over the top – an eye popping array of sweets.  There was something for everyone.  The abundance of good food, camaraderie and ambiance was heart warming.

While we enjoyed this feast, we were serenaded by Steven Berntsen on guitar.  It was the perfect accompaniment!  Towards the end of the party, Shan and company handed out some pretty impressive door prizes, and a prize for the prettiest hat was presented by Una.  The stage was attractively set and the gifts were prominently displayed.

Enough cannot be said about the terrific effort that was behind this event.  It ran so smoothly, and the volunteers were very accommodating.  It was a real pleasure to be amongst such a great group.  The Spring Tea was a superb venue to catch up with friends and to make new ones too, all for a great cause.  The men and children had a wonderful time too.  We look forward to attending more tea parties at Saint Philips Church, whatever the reason or season!

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