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BCWA extends invitation to Victorian High Tea

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Admit it: You’ve been dying for someplace to wear your gloves, hat and pearls but you couldn’t get a ticket to one of the presidential inauguration balls.

Well, now you can spend inauguration night at the Bethel College Women’s Association (BCWA) Victorian High Tea – and if you don’t have a hat, there will be one on hand to borrow.

This BCWA fundraising event will take place Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the fellowship hall of Faith Mennonite Church at 2100 Anderson in Newton. As was true of the last high tea in 2006, this one will feature elegant tables set by individual BCWA members and friends, musical entertainment and, of course, taste-tempting food and hot tea.

Gathering time is 6:30 p.m., with high tea beginning at 7 p.m. The menu will include tea sandwiches, scones, sweet breads, fruit, dessert and a variety of teas.

Because the tea is a fundraiser, seating is limited, with admission by ticket only. Tickets must be purchased in advance. They are $15 each, available through January 16 at Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel College campus (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; phone 316-284-5205).

Musical entertainment will be by Just Friends, a close harmony trio of women who sing both sacred and secular numbers.

A hat collection belonging to Bonnie Kaufman, Moundridge, will also be on display. The collection includes hats that belonged to Kaufman’s mother and grandmother, as well as others she has collected over the years.

BCWA is an auxiliary organization supporting Bethel College, a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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