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The Alumni Association hosted the inaugural Camellia Tea on February 9, 2019. The event was held at the Alumni Center with 83 people in attendance. Guests were treated to an afternoon of strolling through the gardens to view the campus camellias followed by a traditional afternoon tea.

Heather Lefler served as the tea consultant for the event. Throughout the tea, she walked from table to table explaining the history of afternoon tea as well as proper tea etiquette. Traditional tea foods were also served, including scones with lemon curd and finger sandwiches.

Guests were encouraged to wear elaborate hats to the event, too. Hats ranged from having flowers and bows to even having real camellias on them. There was also a prize awarded to the person with the best hat.

Assistant Director of Programs, Catherine Baudoin, oversaw the planning of this event. “I think the Camellia Tea was a huge success,” said Baudoin. Committee members who helped with the planning of this event include Sylvia Oats, Marie Centanni, Claire Andrus, Heather Lefler, Beverly Black, and Denise Richard Lanclos.

The Alumni Association would like to thank everyone who attended this event for making it an afternoon to remember.

View photos from the event and a video in anticipation for Camellia Tea 2020!

Photo: Ladies show off their tea and hats at Camellia tea.