Sharing An'Tea'ques with the community
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
This year, Goshen Congregational Church members decided to take two things that they do very well and combine them. The An”Tea”Ques tea party and tag sale, held Sept. 14 at the Lebanon Community Center, offered visitors a chance to shop for vintage goods and then sit down for a cup of tea and some home-baked goodies.
“We’re known for our Victorian tea parties and our tag sales,” said church member Eilleen Weinsteiger. The congregation decided to combine the two events and bring the church some visibility. “We’re kind of off the beaten path,” said Weinsteiger. “We wanted to bring the church to the center of town.”
Congregants decided to focus on vintage items for the Sept. 14 event, offering up items such as a collection of antique shoe horns, a collection of vintage salt and pepper shakers, an antique dress form, and a variety of vintage furniture. “We were hoping that people would get excited about finding out about local family history,” said Weinsteiger, adding that many of the items offered came with stories regarding long-time town families.
“That antique mission bed was used by a family that has been farming in the community for seven generations,” said Weinsteiger, pointing to a dark wooden bed frame resting in the sunshine outside. “Even some of the plants have a history in the town,” added Weinsteiger, indicating some raspberries that came from a local farm and likely had been passed down through the generations.
In the adjoining rooms, visitors could sit down to one of a number of tables outfitted with tablecloths, porcelain tea cups, and printed Bible verses. There, members of the church congregation graciously appeared, bringing teapots full of hot water, baskets full of tea bags, and plates bearing a variety of goodies, all prepared by members of the church.
Goshen Congregational Church is located at 157 Church Road in Lebanon.