The Block Island Times

Daffodil Tea brings a touch of elegance

By Martha Ball | May 09, 2014
Photo by: Barbara Temple The Ladies of the Harbor Church recently hosted a Daffodil Tea. Here, three of the event organizers, Martha Ball, Barby Michel and Cindy Pappas help prepare some treats.

While it was dreary outside the Saturday after Easter, at Harbor Church sunny flowers filled vases on linen covered tables. The press of summer seemed far away as friends and visitors lingered, good food and good company making the afternoon warm and welcoming at the inaugural Daffodil Tea.

One thing the women of the Harbor Church agreed upon two winters ago: they did not want their rekindled group to mirror its old incarnation. As more than one put it “I do not need another job!” They set to tasks that would be fun and productive and over in one session; they made dresses for little girls in Haiti – many of whom do not own a single one - crafted Ukrainian Easter eggs and aimed for simple deeds and Christian fellowship over the fund-raising-first model of past.

Still, the one answer to “what should we do?” that kept resurfacing was a tea, a low-key fund raising event remembered fondly from slower times. “With the crusts cut off the bread!” was the oft-repeated refrain. Refusing to believe no one else shared their enthusiasm for nostalgia, they decided upon a spring tea, with neatly trimmed finger sandwiches and homemade baked goods, to herald the new season. There would be no paper plates; the long neglected “real” dishes were brought out of the cupboard, supplemented by treasured heirloom china cups and teapots brought in for the occasion.

The turn out was wonderful, and a good time was had by all. Proceeds will benefit the Harbor Church and its wide community outreach.



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