High Tea and Hogwarts: 26th Annual English Garden Party Celebrates British Authors

Jennifer Saba, Reverend Erik W. Larsen & Marlene Leatherbee

In its annual fete of Anglophilia, St. Columba’s Chapel once again celebrated all things British on a Saturday afternoon on the lovely church grounds.

Strolling the silent auction

From the afternoon seatings for high tea (cucumber sandwiches, of course!) to a replication of Hogwarts for the youngsters, the party featured a tented Treasure Trove (donated items that drew a throng of early bargain seekers) to a wine booth that  featured a ring toss around a favored bottle, to the wildly clad, ebullient Ladies of the Rolling Pin, (in from Wakefield), dancing and clicking their kitchen weaponry, the grounds were a delight for strolling guests.


Seated in the rectory for English High Tea

In the interior of the Chapel, vignettes, designed by talented parishioners and heralding  the essence of British writers (and performers Monty Python) were raffled off, and a silent auction tent  featured both experiences and goods, and was an oasis of quiet contemplation amongst the rowdy cheer.

Checking into Hogwarts, with John Woodhouse & Deborah Hughes


The Plant Tent did a most brisk business, the Bake Sale featured scones, of course, and the book collection was a delight for bookworms and readers, offering hard cover, paperbacks and CD's.

Once again favored with clear and pleasant weather, the English Garden Party was an afternoon of pure pleasure.


For information about the church and it activities, go to www.stcolumbaschapel.org


Jeff Richard in period garb



A vignette honoring  the British series, "Keeping Up Appearances" by Sara Chadwick



Lisa Reimer's vignette commemorating Charles Dickens won best creation



Honoring Monty Python & "Spamalot", by Elise O'Shaughnessy


The Queen's Coronation, a vignette by Meredith Lord



Ann McMahan & Katie Shovirone admire Sara Chadwick's vignette



Green with growing, the plant tent did a brisk business



The ensemble for the Ladies of The Rolling Pin serenading



Elise O'Shaughnessy & Cary Lord delighted in selling books & CD's



Eve Sterne & Lissy Dellenbaugh presiding over the wine booth and ring toss


Selling scones, cakes and goodies at the Bake Sale




Jerry Baum welcomed guests to the Party




The Ladies of the Rolling Pin enter




The kitchen dance steps




En garde!



The crowd at the performance



The lovely St. Columba's Chapel


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