English Garden Party at St. Columba’s

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St. Columba’s Chapel in Middletown is hosting their 22nd annual English Garden Party on Saturday, June 8, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine) on the church grounds at 55 Vaucluse Avenue (off Indian Avenue) in Middletown.

Parishioners look forward to welcoming visitors and have been busy preparing a scrumptious tea (with scones, Devonshire cream and much more), collecting a Treasure Trove of salable items of all kinds, baking for the Plentiful Pantry, arranging flowers for the Chapel Flower Festival, and organizing an array of children’s activities to keep all ages busy.

Highlights include The Devonshire Cream Tea, of course. Seatings are at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. At each seating, The Trade Secret quartet will perform. Also, a plant and garden booth; a Treasure Trove of gently used items plus a Toy Shoppe with children’s goods; books, CD’s and DVD’s; The Plentiful Pantry, featuring locally baked goods and gourmet delights; The Chapel Flower Festival; a themed hat contest; children’s games, pony rides, and a  petting zoo; silent auction and raffles; Marvelous Marvin’s Circus Arts Workshop with demonstrations and instruction in stilt-walking, juggling and more from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; and at The Children’s Tea, Pow! Science! will enlighten and entertain with chemistry. Messes will be made, mini rockets will blast all over the tent and we’ll finish by shooting a geyser of soda skyward! All perfectly safe, we promise. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the children’s tent.

This year’s theme is Tea at a Certain Fictitious English Country House, so come see how both halves live. Tickets for the Devonshire Cream Tea are $10; The Children’s Tea, which includes a show/workshop presented by POW! Science! is $5 per child. Tickets may be purchased on the day or in advance at the church office.

Admission to the Garden Party is free and open to the public, and all venues are handicapped-accessible. There is something for everyone and all ages are welcome! The proceeds from the Garden Party help support St. Columba's outreach ministries to local charities.

For additional information, please call the chapel at 401/847.5571 or visit www.stcolumbaschapel.org.

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