Museum hosts annual Christmas tea

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 17, 2003

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas at the Lawrence County Museum.

The fragrance of the tea, with the assorted spices and camomile, filled the museum with the Christmas spirit this weekend.

The Lawrence County Museum's Historical Society presented its annual Christmas tea Saturday and Sunday, with a fashion show of party gowns and dresses from decades ago. The ultimate party gown ending the show, was a wedding gown. The gowns were modeled by Marissa Delong, Missy Pancake, Naomi Whitman and Alicia Childers.

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The menu consisted of winter ambrosia, cranberry/orange scones, pumpkin drop scones, honey butter, LA COQ Tarte, bacon benedictines, holiday crostini, bell ringer cheesies, dilled salmon pinwhells, merry meringues, assorted truffles, sweets and, of course, Christmas tea.

"We try to change the menu each time," said Peggy Smith of the Lawrence County Historical Society. "We do two different types of scones, four different sandwiches and different flavored butters. We get the same crowd, plus several newcomers each time we have a tea. People come from all over. We have some here today from Ashland, Ky., Portsmouth, Proctorville, Vinton and other areas."

The guests said they enjoyed the afternoon.

"This tea is very nice, very well organized and it's very interesting seeing clothes in the past" said Deborah Ray of Vinton, who was a first-timer at the tea.

"Everything is very detailed," said Betsy Ball of Vinton, who was also attending the event for the first time

One woman attending the tea said she felt like royalty.

"I feel just like Queen Elizabeth, maybe even more special, because she has tea every day," said Nyoka George, a second-timer to the tea.

George said she also likes the decorations and the food.

"Everything is so nice here," she said.

Freda Billiter of Portsmouth learned about the tea through the American Association of University Women's Clubs and became a member of the museum a few years ago. This is her fourth tea and she said she thinks the event is "just fantastic" and she loves the fragrance of the food and tea.

The Lawrence County Museum was founded in 1988 and the first tea was hosted in 1997.