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County museum hosts Christmas Tea

The Lawrence County Museum was filled with twinkling lights and the scents of sugar plum tea Saturday afternoon during its Christmas Tea.

"We're having another tea next Saturday, and all of the seating is full," museum docent Virginia Bryant said. "It's become a popular event. We do it as a fund-raiser

and we've decided to do something everyone enjoys."

"I wouldn't miss this cooking for the world," Ruth Scott, a resident of Huntington, W.Va., said. "Any time there's a tea, I love to come."

Those who attended the Christmas Tea were also treated to a 1920s fashion show.

"Clothing tells us about our past," Kay Rader, exhibit chairwoman, said. "Zippers weren't around until the 1930s, so women had to use more hooks and eyes. You could just slip on some dresses, but if you were going to a real party, you would need some help in dressing."

Twenty-four-year-old Amanda Adams and her 20-year-old sister, Amy, were two of the models.

"It takes forever to fasten all these snaps," Amanda said, wearing a long black party dress with slits in the sleeves and a black hat with feathers at the top. "I couldn't imagine dressing like this."

"It's fun to get dressed up like this," Amy said. "We had a nice experience modeling for our first time."

Four sisters who had not all been together in five years reunited at the museum.

"I am thoroughly impressed by all the care they've taken here," Las Vegas, Nev., resident Norma Markwell said. "The displays are so beautiful and authentic. It's beyond belief."

"This is a wonderful, hospitable place," Des Moines, Iowa, resident Lois Lawson said.

Another sister, Ellen Chapman of Barboursville, W.Va., was celebrating her 80th birthday.