Third Annual Spring Tea a Success!


Our Third Annual Spring Tea Fundraiser on Saturday, June 4 was a success and made a profit of $1,107 for the Library. It was a joint project of the Board of Trustees and the Friends of the FPL with the assistance of the Library Staff. The event was held in the Seward Senior Center next to the Library and although the day was very sunny and humid, it was delightfully cool inside. Over forty guests, some dressed with elaborate, fancy hats, including a large contingent from the Red Hat Society, enjoyed an afternoon of delicious food, assorted teas, companionship and entertainment.

Each lace-covered table featured vintage patterned china or Depression glass settings, heirloom embroidered napkins and colorful bouquets of garden and wild flowers. Guests were waited on by members of the S.S. Seward National Honor Society who busily offered a selection of teas and delivered steaming pots of hot water to each table. A buffet table offered a selection of savory sandwiches and treats, such as ham and brie with honey mustard, chicken almond salad in bread baskets, smoked salmon in mini shells (and more) and a variety of sweet treats, including fruit scones with clotted cream and lemon curd, pecan tarts, mini cheesecakes and fresh strawberries (and more.)  A loose tea bar to design one’s own custom blend was also available.

Alex Sarki, a Florida resident and FPL patron, gave an intriguing talk about tea customs in her mother’s British family and her husband’s Uzbek and Turkish families. Listeners were fascinated by Alex’s description of the cultural heritage and rituals of her American Islamic family, both in “the old country” and in America.  

The Tea concluded with a fast-paced and suspenseful drawing, conducted by Trustee Beth Pskowski, for the numerous baskets and gift certificates donated by local merchants and individuals. We appreciate their support! Donors included: Amity Arts Pottery, Copper Bottom, Down2Earth, ShopRite of Warwick, ShopRite of Chester, Northern Bear, Janet’s Baked Goods, The Old Vine, Franico’s Pizzeria, Scissor’s Hair Salon, New Beginning’s Spa, Roe Brothers, Inc., Noble Pies, Walden Savings Bank, and individuals – Diane Arcieri, Hakimah Al-Zahra, Ashley Baroch, Chesley Leber, Meg Sgombick, Marie Arnstein.

Our volunteer chefs included Shirley Coughlin, Beth Pskowski, Barbara Draimin, Diane Arcieri, Leigh Patton and Madelyn Folino.  Leigh and Caroline Califf ably managed the kitchen, while Al Beers, Bill Kelemen and Mark Ng did the heavy work of set-up and breakdown. Our teen servers were Emily DeJong, Ashley Gallagher, Breanne Kovatch, Sara Kovatch and Olivia Nicholson. Thank you, all!

In case Teapot-1you missed the Tea, we still have some individual teabags in pretty, petite envelopes imprinted with memorable quotes from favorite books. These are on sale at the front desk. You can also catch our display of tea settings in our glass cabinet through June and don’t forget to look for the poster with photos of classic silver teapots from the Picturing America series.



Best Hat Winners

DSC02817-2016Flo Shimko – 1st Place

Sheila Keenan – 2nd Place