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Prescott Chapter DAR Hosts Victorian Tea

From left are Phyllis Nobel, Myra Johnston and Carol Abell. Center front is Elizabeth Mourer. Top center are Roxanne Wood, Kari Wendel, Brenda Johnson and Linda Kuzara. Photo by Shelly R. Hunt Bowen

WESTFIELD — The Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a Victorian Tea for 60 guests at the historic Westfield train station recently.

A busy morning and early afternoon concluded many busy days of preparation as the ladies did the final setting of the table linens and china to welcome their guests. At 2 p.m. it was a transformation in time as the group went back to the beginning of the 20th century and people began arriving in their finery. Ladies in beautiful long dresses and hats while men were in white cotton shirts and ties with top hats.

Bonnie Larkin, regent of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the DAR welcomed everyone. Marla Connelly, park manager of the Barcelona Lighthouse, spoke about the lighthouse and the needs for restoration. Robert Galbreth, owner of the historic Westfield Train Station, talked about the history of the train station and the significance of its impact on Barcelona and the Westfield areas.

The invocation was delivered by Lisa Sedlemayer, Chaplin of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter DAR.

And then it was time for the Victorian High Tea!

Tea was served with sandwiches of ham salad or cucumber salad. Scones and lemon curd with decorated cookies and mini pies on the beautiful, tiered trays.

Cristie Herbst, president of the Chautauqua County Historical Society, presented a look at the history of the Barcelona Lighthouse and the fishing industry of Barcelona Harbor.

Those over the age of 18 who had an ancestor who fought or gave aid to the American Revolutionary War are eligible to join the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information, call Barbara Pietro at 716-392-1166 or email jbpietro@gmail.com.

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