The Arlington Woman’s Club rang in the holiday season recently at their annual Christmas Tea where members and guests enjoyed festive decorations and savory sandwiches and sweets while past presidents poured tea for the more than 250 attendees.
The AWC house is never lovelier than when it is decorated for the holidays. Managing the task of decorating every nook and cranny of the house was AWC member Patti Bryant. Guests were welcomed in the foyer by President Judy Duke before they feasted on a lavish holiday buffet served in the beautiful dining room of the house.
Hospitality chairwoman Sandra Greenwood, who has been a member since 2006, was in charge of the tea along with a 35-member committee. Greenwood said deciding on the menu and limiting the selections is the biggest task in preparing for the event. “Then, having volunteers who are willing to prepare all the cookies, sandwiches, candies and goodies is what makes this event possible,” said Greenwood. “It’s a big job but we all enjoy it.”
Santa and his elf (aka Paula Barry and Jan Taborsky) stood ready to help guests purchase the tempting homemade desserts that lined tables in a hallway to raise money for the AWC scholarship fund and charities that the club supports. And a Christmas boutique stocked with holiday decor was open for shoppers throughout the afternoon.
“Our Christmas Tea is an event that our members love because it’s a chance to invite a lot of guests, show off the building all decorated for Christmas, get dressed up and enjoy good friends, good food and good entertainment,” said Duke. “It really is a delightful day.”
It was the first time for new member Hannah Goolsby to attend the tea. She joined the club this fall and said, “I have been looking forward to being here today and seeing all the decorations and discovering what the event is all about.”
A spectacular tree was the focal point in the large meeting room where guests sat at tables adorned in traditional Christmas reds and greens to visit, enjoy refreshments and hear carols sung by the exceptionally talented members of the performing arts department. Solos by Linda Price and Susan Cosacchi were beautifully sung.
In other club news, members of the club recently partnered with local charity New Day to host a Harvest Gathering where food bags were assembled to give to 250 Arlington schoolchildren in need.
“These food bags represented one weekend’s worth of food for approximately 250 elementary and high school students,” reported community service chairman Linda Lummus. The bags were sent home with children over the Thanksgiving break.
Children invited to ‘No rehearsal’ Christmas pageant Dec. 24
If you want those adorable kids and grandkids to be part of a special Christmas pageant that requires no rehearsals and where costumes are provided, then make plans now for the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve show at First Christian Church located at 910 S. Collins St.
According to Heather Santi-Brown, assistant minister and communications director, the entire community is invited to participate in the program. They have costumes ready to go for kids from birth through 6th grade.
“As the service happens, we will give instructions for those children who wish to participate. Children who are too small or nervous can be accompanied on stage with one adult,” Santi-Brown said. “We will have the main roles of Mary, Joseph, and the Angel Gabriel selected from our youth in grades 6-8, and they will be rehearsed.”
Church member Beth Simon has been working with other volunteers since last summer to make the costumes for the show. “We’ve made shepherd costumes, sheep hats and capes, angels, heavenly hosts, and Magi and helpers’ costumes,” Simon said. “My family attended a similar service in Salt Lake City last year. It was such a wonderful experience.”
Pageant organizers will be ready for participants to get in their costumes at 3 p.m. and say arrivals as late as 3:30 p.m. can easily be accommodated. Costumes will be in Blackwood Hall and the show is in the Digby Center (gym) at the church campus.
Events at a glance
▪ Santa Land at Lincoln Square is open through Christmas Eve and benefits A Wish With Wings. Children can visit with the jolly old man and have a photo made. All the proceeds from the photos go to a Wish With Wings says Executive Director Judy Youngs. Prices are $15 for a 4x6, $20 for a 5x7 and $25 for an 8x10. Make a memory and help grant the wish of a child with a life-threatening illness. Lincoln Square is located at I-30 and N. Collins St. Contact Youngs at Judy@awww.org or call 817-469-9474 for information.
▪ Symphony Arlington holiday concert is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Music Hall. This concert features holiday favorites from Symphony Arlington along with the annual Holiday Sing-Along. Featured soloist is baritone, Theodor Carlson. Tickets available at the door, online at www.SymphonyArlington.org or call the box office at 817-385-0484.