Greencastle Senior Center hosts its first ladies tea

Shawn Hardy
Florence Guerin and Evelyn Williams were among the ladies who enjoyed a tea Monday at the Greencastle Senior Center. For another picture, turn to page A-3. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT

About two dozen ladies enjoyed a spot of tea and more Monday at the Greencastle Senior Center.

Many of the women wore hats worthy of a royal wedding to the first ladies tea held at the center, but the three men who came to the tea, too, opted for everyday attire.

Center workers, volunteers and patrons came up with and fine-tuned the idea of the ladies tea.

"We're trying to keep the seniors active and let others know about the senior center," said Vonda Meyers, who works at the center.

The word got out and the Fort Loudon Tea Ladies traveled to Greencastle and filled two tables.

Another table found Greencastle sisters Esther Walck, Annabelle Henry and Betty Myers spending the afternoon together.

"This is our first one and it's fantastic," said Christine Emory, center manager, before she read a poem about tea. "This is a social event so people can get together and talk."

Emory and Helen Bitikofer, who attends the center, are tea-lovers and made sure there was a good selection on hand.

A jolly good time was had as tea-goers also enjoyed delicacies like cucumber sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches and bite-sized desserts, as well as a display of unusual teapots.