Victorian Tea held at First Church

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Nov. 7, 2013
Donna Ryder and her granddaughter Madeline are enjoying their lunch at the Victorian Tea. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Donna Ryder and her granddaughter Madeline are enjoying their lunch at the Victorian Tea. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

The First Church of Christ, Congregational’s Victorian Tea was a right proper affair again this year. With each table set with china, linen and doilies, guests arrived on Nov. 2 ready to try delicate treats and cups of steaming, hot herbal teas.

Designed to provide the perfect atmosphere for relaxation and refreshment, the Victorian Tea offered croissant sandwiches, open-faced cucumber wheels, goat cheese on crackers and scones. Each meal was accompanied by an assortment of teas and a scrumptious dessert.

Organizer Anita Wardell said that this event brings a real “sense of community.”  With the Women’s Fellowship preparing the event and the Youth Group bussing the tables and greeting everyone with a friendly smile, many hands were employed to make it a success.

Donna Ryder and her granddaughter, Madeline, were enjoying the affair tremendously. “I like the tea,” Madeline said.

Besides being a pleasant morning meal, this event has a helpful purpose. “It’s a good fundraiser,” said Wardell. “And, we have done it enough years that people look forward to it.”

Funds raised from this classy affair go to the charitable work of the Women’s Fellowship, which covers many territories. “The Women’s Fellowship assists the chancel guild, we have our own missions group, blanket Sunday, the Heifer Project…” said Judy Quinn. “We also make up health care packages for those in crisis and we take food to members in need.”

Even the Youth Group volunteers were having fun with it. “It makes us feel professional,” said Joe Barnes.

“It’s really nice, they do a good job,” said Maggie Ellithorpe.

The Victorian Tea is held the same day as another annual tradition, “Christmas in Suffield.” This is the day when five churches in town and the Suffield Fire Department Auxiliary collect their finest home-crafters and assemble their wares to be sold to the public. Knitted, quilted, glued and sewn items were available to shoppers who value hand-crafted items that are unique and precious.

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