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December 31, 2008 > Tea with class

Tea with class

Submitted By Sandra Smith

Tea has taken a new meaning for 20 young ladies of the Tri-City area. A group of dedicated women have sponsored a formal Tea each year as a means to pass along the traditions and social etiquette of formal occasions and "taking tea." Last year, with an attendance of 12, this event was held at the Fremont home of Mrs. Sandra Smith. The expanding list of invitees dictated a change of venue this year to hosting location, South Bay Community Church.

Twenty young ladies from San Jose to Oakland attended the Tea on Saturday afternoon, December 20. Sponsored by Mrs. Jean Ficklin, Mrs. Darlene Green, Mrs. Sandra Smith and South Bay Community Church Youth Pastor Meshia Jones, the afternoon began with photograph sessions, a slideshow presentation from last year's tea and a discussion of goals and singing with Ms. Briana Swan, 2006 Miss San Jose.

Tea consisted of four courses (assorted scones, lemon curd, a winter salad, grapes, assorted tea sandwiches, tea cakes, truffles, petit fours and endless cups of tea). Young women in attendance eagerly took advantage of a colorful array of hats to add additional ambiance to the elegant affair.

Mrs. Jean Ficklin served as the hostess for the afternoon. "The Tradition of Taking Tea" was presented by Mrs. Gloria Grant-Wilson, CEO, Adewole Community Group, Hayward and Mrs. Rose Sutton-Williams, Charter Officer of Change Masters, Inc. San Jose, educated all through her display and detailed information on Tea Treasures and Accoutrements. Ms. Anika Green, Director of Educational Programs for the Office of Vice-Provost for Graduate Education at Stanford University delivered an Inspirational Message to the young ladies on good parental relationships, wise lifestyle choices, high academic achievement, decisive career choices and giving back to the community. The History of Tea Cakes was presented by Mrs. Susie Smith, Docent, Allensworth State Park, near Bakersfield, CA and Girls in Action Director, Palma Ceia Baptist Church, Hayward.

Local flutist, Ms. Patricia Hill, Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose serenaded the guests with peaceful holiday music and the afternoon ended with a Tea-Go Game (Bingo for Tea) and prizes.

Decorations and tablescapes were created by Mrs. Yvonne Hendrix and Ms. Donna Lewis. There were many others who provided various donations and volunteered their services to make this tea a cherished community event.

Young women in attendance included: Sonia Cesar, Bronte Cintrone, Alicia Denson, Mariah Fambro, Kindree Frances, Allison Gower, Britt Higgins, Melissa Hughes, Coniah Nicholas, Mackelle Martinez, Briana Miller, Jessica Rutland, Alexandria Smith, Ayanna Smith, Danielle Walton, Mariah Walton, Michelle Walton, Geneva Williams, Jasmine Williams, Rhianna Green.

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