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By Diane Sieker

Thimble Club holds Victorian Tea and Fashion Show


Last updated 5/5/2018 at 1:30am

Kathryn Allen

Thimble Club members help create the beautiful and delicious lunch at the Victorian Tea, Saturday, April 21.

The Thimble Club ladies enjoyed remarkable enthusiasm from the community in response to their Victorian Tea fundraiser held Saturday, April 21, at the Anza Valley Christian Fellowship Church. Having initially requested a printing of 85 tickets, more had to be ordered, and all tickets were sold out before the event.

Graceful ladies attired in festive hats and long, colorful dresses enjoyed delicate cucumber sandwiches with herb cheese, turkey and cheese sandwiches, strawberries with Chantilly cream, chocolate raspberry tartlets, lemon tea cakes, cookie butter balls and caramel cream scones topped with a rich orange compound butter. Tea was served steaming hot with all the necessary additions.

Students from Hamilton High School graciously and efficiently served the guests. Associated Student Body students Cheyenne Cole, Nolan Grant, Sterling Estrada and Tyler Boulton poured tea and delivered the individual plates, checking frequently to make sure no detail was overlooked.

In keeping with the Victorian theme, beautiful centerpieces designed by Sally Kaspar and Marge Buschmann graced the 14 tables.

The meal was designed by Thimble Club member private chef Laurie Knight.

"I love designing my own recipes," Knight said. "My specialties are French entrees, meat, barbecue, pastries and Victorian tea. I joined the Anza Thimble Club in 2017. I love being part of such a wonderful group of ladies."

The fun began as mistress of ceremonies Joan Kessman chose the winning tickets for door prizes. Yoga Skies donated four tickets, each good for one class in yoga, Tai Chi, etc., and five tickets were donated by the Thrift Shop. 

"This is the most fun I've had in months," Shaaron Chambers said.

While attendees enjoyed the luncheon, Shannon Paster introduced the LuLaRoe line of clothing, and Thimble Club members Rika Anctil, Val Andrews, Jackie Braatan, Marie Ghysels, Sally Kaspar, Carol Wright and Kathy Wood modeled the selections.

"Anyone who knows Laurie is familiar with her outstanding skills as a professional chef, and we certainly weren't disappointed," Kathryn Allen said. "The lunch was delicious!"

Following the meal, guests enthusiastically shopped the numerous racks of clothing and hats.

Diane Sieker

Thimble Club member Annie Ashby mingles with the guests, making sure everything is perfect at the Victorian Tea, Saturday, April 21.

The finale of the event was the raffle drawing. Enormous gift baskets were handed out to the winners. 

"It was a lot of fun," attendeee Rosalind Moore said.

The Thimble Club intends for the Victorian Tea to become annual event.

The Anza Thimble Club, established in 1912, is the oldest service club in Anza. It was founded by several ladies who used the excuse of doing their mending to get together for a visit. Since then, they have become a well-loved charitable organization donating much-needed funds back into the community.

For more information about the Thimble Club, contact Sally Kaspar at (817) 366-6413 or Carol Wright at (951) 551-9623.

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Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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