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Tea: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Teabags annual Tea and Garden Tour

Posted: May 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Left to right, Martha Zerella, Ana Mellon, Wendy Hadley and Isabel Shinkarik at the annual Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Teabags Tea and Garden Tour.

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The blustery winds of the morning gave way to a sunny day that shone down on a garden in full bloom for the 11th annual Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Teabags Tea and Garden Tour.

More than 160 guests paid $50 a ticket to drink tea and sample a vast array of savories and desserts to benefit the philanthropic work of the Teabags.

The Teabags, with nearly 30 members, hosted the tea and garden tour at the Valencia home of Sally Coss.

The Teabags raise funds from the tea and a fall boutique to benefit a number of nonprofits, including the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter, Castaic Mission Church building fund and the Our Lady of Perpetual Help building fund and the Get on the Bus program.

“We try to do as much as we can,” said Coss. “There is so much need right now.”

Guests to the tea explored Coss’ spectacular garden, built on a terraced slope above the Vista Valencia Golf Course.

“This garden is gorgeous,” said first time attendee Wendy Hadley. “I would love to have a garden like this. It is absolutely beautiful.”

The Coss garden features numerous annuals and perennials as well as more than 200 roses.

Tables laden with savories and desserts brought compliments from attendees.

Among the homemade offerings were Gloria’s scones with Coss’ lemon curd and ollaberry jam, Black Forest ham rollups, cucumber and lox sandwiches, fresh vegetable bars, BLT stuffed tomatoes, egg salad crostinis, shrimp boats, strawberry and brie sandwiches, herb and cheese filled peapods, sesame crusted chicken sandwiches, chocolate sugar cookies, lemon creme cookies, peanut butter balls, lavender cookies, rocky road fudge bars and many more items.

Propinquities boutique brought models that circulated among the guests wearing the latest in spring and summer fashions.

A small gift boutique  also raised money by selling handmade crafts and Coss’ homemade jams, jellies and syrups.

A raffle was also held.

mbuttelman@the-signal.com

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