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Tea and scones tradition draws all ages

Kerri Bartlett

Allison Kirk, of Springfield, left, and daughters Olivia, 8, and Avery, 10, met the girls’ grandmother Ellen Kirk, of Franklin, for their traditional holiday gathering at the St. Paul’s Episcopal English Tea.  

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosted high tea during Dickens of a Christmas Dec. 14 in the historic church’s Otey Hall. The annual fundraiser has been hosted by the Women of St. Paul’s for nearly 15 years. Proceeds benefit preservation efforts for the 1830s-era sanctuary. 
Flanked by a cozy fireplace decorated with garland and bows, guests gathered to enjoy an array of homemade sweets and savories and English tea. The warmth of this Victorian-style event seemed especially appropriate as the day’s mix of grey skies and rain felt much like the weather across the pond. 
Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Jacob Marley—two Dickens characters—even dropped by to sip tea and taste the scones. 

Posted on: 12/26/2013


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