‘Afternoon Tea’ at the library


Event raises $2,300 for the FOL

By Rebecca Rochester - Special to The Union Times



Photo by Rebecca Rochester Smiles and hats were the order of the day at at the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. Approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen enjoyed afternoon tea and a silent auction during the event which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library. Among those enjoying afternoon tea at the library were Kathryn Sommer-Gough, Kristie Sommer, Susan Ward, Lauren Ward, Kayla Vanderford, and Susan Cunningham.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester A total of 18 tables were designed and decorated for the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. The designed tables ranged from the very formal to John Deere themed. The tables were judged by Gloria Williams, Kathy Stepp and Louise Unti. This table, designed by Kathy Youngblood and sponsored by E.L.B. Loans, Inc. won first place.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester Nancy Mabry and Cindy Shetley sat at the “Raggedy Ann” table during the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. A total of 18 tables were designed and decorated for the tea which drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who enjoyed an afternoon that included a silent auction; socializing; traditional “Afternoon Tea” favorites such as scones with cream and strawberry jam, ham and cheese rolls, pecan tassies, chocolate cream puffs, cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries; and, of course, plenty of tea.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester A total of 18 tables were designed and decorated for the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. The designed tables ranged from the very formal to John Deere themed. The tables were judged by Gloria Williams, Kathy Stepp and Louise Unti. This table, designed by Susan Scales and sponsored by the City of Union won second place.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester The Friends of the Library hosted their second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction, drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen. Among those taking part were Lauren Hines, Angie Hines, Judy Johnson, Kathryn Sommer-Gough, and Kristie Sommer.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester The Friends of the Library hosted their second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction, drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen. Among those taking part were Susan Cunningham, Lauren Ward, Kayla Vanderford, and Susan Ward.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester The Friends of the Library hosted their second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction, drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen. Among those taking part were Mildred Giles, Cathy Staniewicz, Anna Pearl, and Mattie Browning.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester Judy Caston (center) and Harold and Nancy Simmons were among the approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who took part in the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction of donated items, 24 of them donated by Mr. Simmons.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester Dr. Kristi Ford-Scales (left), Betsy Sheorn (center), and Margie Ruff (right) were among the approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who participated in the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included 18 tables designed and decorated for the event. Dr. Ford-Scales arranged for the tables to be decorated for the event.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester Student volunteers Brett Loftis, Ta’nyjha Thompson, Michael Taylor, and Dalen McMunn served tea and treats to those attending the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The treats they served included scones with cream and strawberry jam, ham and cheese rolls, pecan tassies, chocolate cream puffs, cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries.


Photo by Rebecca Rochester Brenda Sumner, Nannie Lee Rochester, and Brenda Lanford were were among the approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who participated in the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, featured a silent auction, treats, socializing, and, of course, tea.


UNION — Pouring hot water over dried tea leaves is not the same as an “Afternoon Tea” which is a social occasion dating back to the Duchess of Bedford in the late 1830s.

A true “Afternoon Tea” was enjoyed Saturday, May 13 by nearly 70 ladies and gentlemen at the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library.

Friday evening and Saturday morning ladies from Union County communities brought their beautiful china and table dressings from home and turned our historic and beautiful library into the perfect tea house. The designed tables ranged from the very formal to John Deere themed.

Tables were judged by Gloria Williams, Kathy Stepp and Louise Unti.

The three winning tables were designed and decorated by Kathy Youngblood (sponsored by E.L.B. Loans, Inc.), first place; Susan Scales (sponsored by the City of Union) second place; and Cathy Staniewicz (sponsored by the City of Union), third place. Honorable mention was awarded to a table decorated by FOL president Rebecca Rochester using Kathy O’Shields’ beautiful china (sponsored by Live, Laugh, Smile, Orthodontics).

Dr. Kristi Ford-Scales coordinated a total of eighteen unique tables which were dressed for this year’s tea by these other ladies: April Ford, Renee Betenbough, Amy Garner, Ashley Turner, Edelyn Moore, Caroline Lybrand, Sue Keith, Heather Loftis, and Caroline Patrick.

Hats and smiles were everywhere as everyone enjoyed the tasty treats served by four outstanding student volunteers: Brett Loftis, Ta’nyjha Thompson, Michael Taylor, and Dalen McMunn. These young people demonstrated that there are fine young people in our community. They showed respect, caring, responsibility, and polite manners as they moved about the library delivering food, tea, and lemonade to the guests and then helped clear the tables.

Their carts were filled with treats which included traditional “Afternoon Tea” favorites of scones with cream and strawberry jam, ham and cheese rolls, pecan tassies, chocolate cream puffs, cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries. These luscious treats were planned and prepared by Liz Shand, Judy Caston and Margie Ruff.

Sponsors for the tables were Ashley Turner, State Farm Insurance; Best of Me Salon; E.L.B. Loans. Inc.; Gonvauto; Kathy N. Rogers in memory of Juanita B. Nance; Kirby’s Cake Shoppe; Live, Laugh, Smile, Orthodontic; Roberts Accounting, L.L.C.; The City of Union; and unnamed friends of the library.

The silent auction was a huge success with everything from Buffalo and Union mill coins to a cake decorated like a basket of spring flowers to a 100 year-old copy of Treasure Island. Donations came from Harold Simmons, Kirby’s Cake Shoppe, Nonnie’s Boutique, Personally Yours, Kathy Rogers, Karen Finch, Stacy’s, and Friends on Main Books and More. Materials and services were provided by Something Special, The Union County News and Printing, L.L.C.; Mon Etna Baptist Church; and Grace United Methodist Church.

The Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library wish to thank all those who helped raise over $2,300 for the FOL.

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Spring Tea on the first Saturday in spring, March 24, 2018. Renovations will be ongoing at the library in 2017-2018 so another site may be necessary. Watch for announcements in January 2018.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester Smiles and hats were the order of the day at at the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. Approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen enjoyed afternoon tea and a silent auction during the event which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library. Among those enjoying afternoon tea at the library were Kathryn Sommer-Gough, Kristie Sommer, Susan Ward, Lauren Ward, Kayla Vanderford, and Susan Cunningham.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171239.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester Smiles and hats were the order of the day at at the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. Approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen enjoyed afternoon tea and a silent auction during the event which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library. Among those enjoying afternoon tea at the library were Kathryn Sommer-Gough, Kristie Sommer, Susan Ward, Lauren Ward, Kayla Vanderford, and Susan Cunningham.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester A total of 18 tables were designed and decorated for the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. The designed tables ranged from the very formal to John Deere themed. The tables were judged by Gloria Williams, Kathy Stepp and Louise Unti. This table, designed by Kathy Youngblood and sponsored by E.L.B. Loans, Inc. won first place.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171228.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester A total of 18 tables were designed and decorated for the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. The designed tables ranged from the very formal to John Deere themed. The tables were judged by Gloria Williams, Kathy Stepp and Louise Unti. This table, designed by Kathy Youngblood and sponsored by E.L.B. Loans, Inc. won first place.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester Nancy Mabry and Cindy Shetley sat at the “Raggedy Ann” table during the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. A total of 18 tables were designed and decorated for the tea which drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who enjoyed an afternoon that included a silent auction; socializing; traditional “Afternoon Tea” favorites such as scones with cream and strawberry jam, ham and cheese rolls, pecan tassies, chocolate cream puffs, cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries; and, of course, plenty of tea.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171243.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester Nancy Mabry and Cindy Shetley sat at the “Raggedy Ann” table during the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. A total of 18 tables were designed and decorated for the tea which drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who enjoyed an afternoon that included a silent auction; socializing; traditional “Afternoon Tea” favorites such as scones with cream and strawberry jam, ham and cheese rolls, pecan tassies, chocolate cream puffs, cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries; and, of course, plenty of tea.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester A total of 18 tables were designed and decorated for the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. The designed tables ranged from the very formal to John Deere themed. The tables were judged by Gloria Williams, Kathy Stepp and Louise Unti. This table, designed by Susan Scales and sponsored by the City of Union won second place.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171251.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester A total of 18 tables were designed and decorated for the second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Union County Carnegie Library on Saturday, May 13. The designed tables ranged from the very formal to John Deere themed. The tables were judged by Gloria Williams, Kathy Stepp and Louise Unti. This table, designed by Susan Scales and sponsored by the City of Union won second place.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester The Friends of the Library hosted their second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction, drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen. Among those taking part were Lauren Hines, Angie Hines, Judy Johnson, Kathryn Sommer-Gough, and Kristie Sommer.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171306.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester The Friends of the Library hosted their second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction, drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen. Among those taking part were Lauren Hines, Angie Hines, Judy Johnson, Kathryn Sommer-Gough, and Kristie Sommer.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester The Friends of the Library hosted their second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction, drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen. Among those taking part were Susan Cunningham, Lauren Ward, Kayla Vanderford, and Susan Ward.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171314a.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester The Friends of the Library hosted their second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction, drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen. Among those taking part were Susan Cunningham, Lauren Ward, Kayla Vanderford, and Susan Ward.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester The Friends of the Library hosted their second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction, drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen. Among those taking part were Mildred Giles, Cathy Staniewicz, Anna Pearl, and Mattie Browning.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171246.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester The Friends of the Library hosted their second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction, drew approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen. Among those taking part were Mildred Giles, Cathy Staniewicz, Anna Pearl, and Mattie Browning.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester Judy Caston (center) and Harold and Nancy Simmons were among the approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who took part in the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction of donated items, 24 of them donated by Mr. Simmons.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171211.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester Judy Caston (center) and Harold and Nancy Simmons were among the approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who took part in the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included a silent auction of donated items, 24 of them donated by Mr. Simmons.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester Dr. Kristi Ford-Scales (left), Betsy Sheorn (center), and Margie Ruff (right) were among the approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who participated in the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included 18 tables designed and decorated for the event. Dr. Ford-Scales arranged for the tables to be decorated for the event.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171244.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester Dr. Kristi Ford-Scales (left), Betsy Sheorn (center), and Margie Ruff (right) were among the approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who participated in the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, included 18 tables designed and decorated for the event. Dr. Ford-Scales arranged for the tables to be decorated for the event.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester Student volunteers Brett Loftis, Ta’nyjha Thompson, Michael Taylor, and Dalen McMunn served tea and treats to those attending the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The treats they served included scones with cream and strawberry jam, ham and cheese rolls, pecan tassies, chocolate cream puffs, cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171222a.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester Student volunteers Brett Loftis, Ta’nyjha Thompson, Michael Taylor, and Dalen McMunn served tea and treats to those attending the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The treats they served included scones with cream and strawberry jam, ham and cheese rolls, pecan tassies, chocolate cream puffs, cupcakes and chocolate dipped strawberries.

Photo by Rebecca Rochester Brenda Sumner, Nannie Lee Rochester, and Brenda Lanford were were among the approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who participated in the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, featured a silent auction, treats, socializing, and, of course, tea.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_thumbnail_0513171225a.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Rochester Brenda Sumner, Nannie Lee Rochester, and Brenda Lanford were were among the approximately 70 ladies and gentlemen who participated in the Friends of the Library’s second annual “Spring Tea at the Library” on Saturday, May 13 at the Union County Carnegie Library. The event, which raised $2,300 for the Friends of the Library, featured a silent auction, treats, socializing, and, of course, tea.
Event raises $2,300 for the FOL

By Rebecca Rochester

Special to The Union Times

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