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Tea time: Shepherdstown Community Club and Daisy Troop join together for holiday celebration

By Toni Milbourne - For the Chronicle | Dec 18, 2020

Daisy Troop 15099 members gathered for a photo before leaving the holiday tea Monday evening. Back row, from left are Sophia, Bella and Willa. Seated on the floor are Cheyenne and Isabella. Toni Milbourne

SHEPHERDSTOWN — As many things have gone virtual this year, the Shepherdstown Community Club holiday tea was no exception. The tea did, however, take an in-person turn when members of Daisy Troop 15099 held their awards ceremony and joined the tea in-person Monday evening.

The five members of the troop, along with their moms and one grandmother, arrived in fine array for the tea that was then livestreamed to club members who joined in from their homes.

“We had 17 baskets picked up by club members that included everything that the tea offers tonight,” said SCC President Jen Wabnitz.

Each Daisy and her guest, seated at separate tables, enjoyed the fare together — from cucumber sandwiches to croissants and tasty holiday shortbreads and other cookies.

SCC member Steve Campbell and his daughter, Kyleigh, arrived to handle the video feed just as surprise guest, Mrs. Claus, arrived to share stories with the girls and the audience at home. Mrs. Claus, who normally reads “The Night Before Christmas” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the town’s tree lighting ceremony, explained she was unable to do so in-person this year, and shared how happy she was to be able to read for the tea attendees.

“Santa sent candy canes to each of you,” Mrs. Claus said as she handed out the sweets. “He also said to make sure you are wearing your masks, socially distancing and washing your hands. You know he’s still watching!”

The girls took the opportunity to ask Mrs. Claus some pointed questions, including whether Santa Claus wears his mask, as well as how he watches everyone from the North Pole.

“He definitely wears his mask,” Mrs. Claus said. “And, he is magic. He knows lots of tricks, that guy.

“You know he comes down the fireplace and if you don’t have a fireplace, he has a magic key,” she said.

The group also had a lively conversation about all of the adventures their “Elves on the Shelves” have had this season.

In addition to enjoying the tea and their visit with Mrs. Claus, the five members of the Daisy Troop received the badges and petals they have earned up to this point at the event. Troop leader Angelina Gray recognized each girl and their accomplishments.

“We celebrate today what we have done in the last few months,” Gray told the girls.

Members of the troop earned their “Respect Myself and Others” petal, “Responsible for What I Say and Do” petal and their “Counting Up” leaf. In addition, they received badges that included “Celebrating Yoga,” “Virtual Campout,” “Fill a Stocking,” “Thanksgiving Parade” and a “Tea Party” patch. The girls also received their Investiture badge.

According to Gray, the girls will now focus on cookie sales.

“The goal is for each girl to sell 125 boxes. The overall troop goal is to sell enough to raise funds to visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore,” she said, mentioning the girls had voted on that activity as an overall goal.

Those interested in purchasing Girl Scout cookies and helping the troop meet their goals are encouraged to contact Gray at gstroop15099@gmail.com.