English Country Fair At St. Columba's


Complete with a traditional English Devonshire Cream Tea, the annual Garden Party at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Middletown was held on a beautfiul Saturday recently, and brought enthusiastic crowds, ladies in hats, and traditional Morris Dancers to the grounds, with its lovely stone chapel.

The events comprised a Flower Festival in the Chapel, with creative interpretations from children's English literature, a concert by the St. Columba’s Choir, and performances by traditional Morris Dancers and the Ladies of the Rolling Pin.
Strolling the grounds, visitors found a plant and garden booth, a plentiful pantry with homemade baked goods, and a  silent auction lured bidders on tickets to Boston Red Sox box seats, Polo, Tennis, tickets to "Wicked" at PPAC, and the Boston Ballet.  Art by Local Artists including Richard Grosvenor, Perry Lewis and Kate Hoyt Psaki, vacations, rounds of golf, and gift certificates to fine restaurants, jewelry, memberships to the Newport Art Museum and to the YMCA, and catered parties.

For children:, there was a Royal Tea and puppet show by the Yorick Marionette Theater, a photo booth  and Ye Olde Toy Shoppe featuring gently used toys. The imaginative children’s games featured Whack the Rat is Back!, Coconut Throw, Bean Bag Toss, and a Suitcase Relay Race.

Warren Gray made balloon animal hats, and children enjoyed the petting zoo and pony rides.

All proceeds from the raffle and silent auction went to St. Columba’s Outreach program, which supports local social service agencies. 

According the chairman Kate Field, the event raised 18% more than last year, an astonishing result in a struggling economy. ‘And a fine time was had by all,” she said.


Deacon Betty Lou Wright with Chair Kate Field


Elise O'Shaughnessy, Cary Lord


Jonna Chewning

Jean DiBona, Consuela Woodford


Hannah and Caroline McCauley


Stephen DiCicco, Paula Sousa at tea time


Jean DiBona with friends


Richard Alexander


Sandra Liotus, D.Crampton-Barden, Houston Scott

Ciara Caulfield, Finn Clarkson, Ronan Caulfield


Barbara Pierce

St. Columba's Choir Concert


Hope Alexander and Richard Palmer


Chair of Treasure Trove Liz Drayton


An anteater hat

Julie Toland and Toby Field in Outreach tent


Floral vignette in chapel


John Hughes and Donna Nedderman


John Woodhouse, Maitre d'


Day Ketcham, Gay Sheffield, Trish Nordeen


Tossing the coconut

The Ladies of the Rolling Pin


Traditional Morris dancing


The Red Herring Morris Dancers perform

Musician taking a break


Llama in the petting zoo

The Red Herring musicians


Rene and Stephanie Jones


Silent auction oil painting

Mary Grace Cox, Warren Gray












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