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Victorian Tea spreads holiday cheer

By Staff | Dec 20, 2019

Hannah Phillips, Faith Foglesong and Theresa DeMeza were some of the community members who spent Sunday afternoon volunteering their time at the Victorian Tea in the War Memorial Building. Toni Milbourne

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The Shepherdstown Community Club hosted the Second Annual Victorian Tea in the ballroom of the War Memorial Building on Sunday afternoon.

The event highlighted the decorating talents of mother-and-daughter team, Judy Shepherd and Jenny Haynes, as guests sat at tables adorned with miniature trees, statuary and ribbons.

“The ambience, the tea, cookies – we tried to stay in the Victorian period,” said Jennifer Wabnitz, president of the SCC.

The entire production is done by volunteers, with several young people joining in to serve the tasty treats. Timothy Jacot played the piano while additional musicians Chris Crawford and John Bryant who provided background music for attendees to enjoy.

Wabnitz shared that the tea had its first run last year and the event was a success. It was added back in to the schedule for the club because it was a good addition to Christmas in Shepherdstown.

The tea drew a wide variety of community members who partook of the delicious Victorian menu, which included a selection of sweet and savory foods. Menus provided at each table highlighted the options of egg salad on wheat, cucumber and cream cheese, ham salad or a sausage roll to be topped off with peppermint snowballs, lemon crunch cookies, mincemeat tarts, ginger stars or the ever-popular scones with cream and jam.

According to Wabnitz, the Shepherdstown Community Club has gone through some recent changes and is working hard to make sure they offer a variety of events to the community.

“There are a lot of good volunteers stepping forward to help with many things,” Wabnitz said.

Another potential for the Club is the establishment of a dog part at Morgan’s Grove that will be used to raise funds for the park’s upkeep. The plans are in the works, Wabnitz said, although a firm target date was not yet available.

Anyone who would like more information about the club’s membership or to volunteer in any capacity can visit www.shepherdstowncc.org.