Going Victorian in Mount Sterling

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(Posted Feb. 13, 2020)

The 9th Annual Victorian Sweetheart Tea was a smashing success. Put on by the Mount Sterling Friends of the Library, the event took place on Feb. 8 at Mount Sterling United Methodist Church.

Guests enjoyed a generous buffet, and local pianist Ralph Ross performed.

Members of the Madison-Plains High School Key Club dressed in period attire and served flavored teas tableside. The group also served as models for a vintage bridal fashion show. Other highlights included a display of vintage wedding dolls and vignettes featuring wedding albums that belonged to area residents.

Organizers gave out many prizes, including one for the group that brought the most people. This year, that award went to the Dazzling Divas Red Hat Society of Washington Court House.

Many work behind the scenes to make the annual event a success, donating prizes, table favors and food and volunteering to help with set-up and clean-up.

Dressed up in Victorian-era clothing, members of the Madison-Plains High School Key Club poured tea tableside at the Victorian Sweetheart Tea hosted by the Friends of the Mount Sterling Public Library on Feb. 8.
In addition to volunteering as servers, members of the Madison-Plains High School Key Club served as models for a vintage bridal fashion show at the tea: (front) freshman Faith Morgan; (back row) advisor Heidi Fletcher, senior Shelby Jones, senior Abby Holbert, senior Aimee Dutton, freshman Shyanne Miller, freshman Julie Betz, senior Dani Breen, senior Sarah Thomas and junior Emily Wallner. Additionally, Ben Thompson served as a photographer for the high school, and Evan Fisher helped with clean-up.
Library staffers and Friends of the Library (FOL) members turned out in full regalia for the annual Victorian Sweetheart Tea, a fundraiser for the library: (front row, from left) FOL members Karen Levine, Linda Clemans, FOL treasurer Angela McFarland, library board president Pat Baynes; (back row) event chair and FOL secretary Casey O’Neill, FOL members Jeanne Brigner, Bev Kern, Lynn Messner, Peggy Vincent, Pam Recko, FOL president Melissa Reece, FOL vice president Heidi Fletcher, and library director Chris Siscoe.
The Dazzling Divas Red Hat Society of Washington Court House took home the prize as the group that brought the most people to the tea.
Ralph Ross, a local pianist who provided live music for the tea, is pictured with his mother, Dortha.

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