Mar 07

2013 Valentine’s Day Tea

Thanks to the hard work of many friends who donated their time and talents, the Girls’ Tea went off without a hitch and everyone had a wonderful time! In addition to our girls and the cottage staff, we had special guests from the community, our President’s Council, and the Board that raised our attendance to 48! Thankfully, there was plenty of room in the Governor’s Residence, and Jane Brophy, the Residence Manager, kept us well fed! First Lady Lisa Bullock was a very gracious host, and even her daughters got into the act when it came time to bring out the tea and scones. Second Lady Janet Walsh was also in attendance, and everyone remarked at how beautiful everything looked and how lovely our young ladies were.

Tea Coordinators Lisa Lovell-Mattioli and Margaret Bowman did a remarkable job of organization and photographer Les Cramer made everyone smile with his playful interactions and professional manner. The Flower Haus donated the lovely flowers that were on each table, and Margaret Bowman’s niece made such lovely cookies and chocolate-dipped strawberries it almost seemed a shame to eat them! Rev. Heidi Kinner of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church gave a heartfelt message about the beauty of God’s ability to bring about change in our hearts and lives, weaving in the illustration of a change from caterpillar to butterfly. The girls each received a hand-made Valentine with a personal message from Chaplain Chris Haughee as well as gloves that came embellished with butterflies. In all, the Tea was a resounding success, even if we did break with tradition and allow some “boys” to join us as guest waiters!