Tea for many more than two

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(Posted Feb. 20, 2019)

By Dedra Cordle, staff writer

The 8th Annual Victorian Sweetheart Tea took place Feb. 16 to benefit the Friends of Mount Sterling Library. Event organizer Casey O’Neill estimates that this year’s event was the largest to date with approximately 70 people in attendance. In addition to serving up treats, the Friends awarded prizes. For instance, Lauretta Spies was honored for having the most birthdays (she is 95). Jordan Wilkins won a prize for being the youngest boy in attendance. Shown here are scenes from the event.

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Ten-year-old Lily Danielsson stirs honey into her tea during the luncheon. The cups, as well as the clothing Danielsson is wearing, were borrowed from O’Neill’s personal collection of Victorian-inspired items.
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Arabelle Gainey, 8, showcases her parasol as the festivities were wrapping up.
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Melicia Gainey was one of the winners in the “Most Interesting Hat” category. Gainey, of Mount Sterling, said she has had the hat since she was in the chorus of a production of “Hello, Dolly!” in 2000.
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Pat Baynes, president of the library board of trustees, was one of the winners in the “Most Interesting Hat” category. A regular patron of the Victorian Sweetheart Tea, Baynes she usually wears different hats each year. Her choice this year, however, was “a return performance.”
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Linda Cartee, a resident of Washington Court House, made this Victorian-inspired dress herself.
Friends of the Library members and library staff who organized, worked at or supported the Victorian Sweetheart Tea include: (front) Casey O’Neill, Friends secretary; (back row, from left to right) Friends member, Karen Levine; Friends president, Linda Clemens; Friends vice president, Heidi Fletcher; library director, Chris Siscoe; Friends member, Peggy Vincent; library staff member, Angela McFarland; and Friends staff liaison, Melissa Reece. Not shown: Pat Baynes, president of the library board of trustees. (Photo courtesy of the library)
The Madison-Plains High School Key Club played a vital role in helping the Mount Sterling Friends of the Library create an authentic experience for attendees. Key Club members dressed the part in Victorian attire, provided tableside tea service for all guests, and assisted in clean-up. Participating Key Club members are seen here posing with club advisor, and former Mount Sterling Library director, Heidi Fletcher (front). (Photo courtesy of the library)

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