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Tea with Queen Victoria, a royal encounter

By Staff | Apr 29, 2015
CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary Meg Geffken (center) who presented a program on Queen Victoria, is flanked by East Lycoming Historical Society President Erma Bower (left) and Suzanne Conley, chair of the society's sixth annual tea fundraiser held April 25 in the fireside room at the Friends Church in Hughesville.
CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary-CAP A quilted wall hanging with a center medallion featuring a teapot and appliqued by Joyce Knittle of Williamsport (left), was added by Kim Singer of Hughesville. On April 25th during the sixth annual East Lycoming Historical Society tea, the decoration was donated and will welcome arriving guests at future tea fundraisers.

HUGHESVILLE – Meg Geffken of Central, Columbia County, impersonated England’s Queen Victoria during a program for a tea hosted by the East Lycoming Historical Society as a fundraiser. The royal, the widow of Prince Albert, wore black after her husband’s death with the exception of both her Golden and Diamond Jubilee.

At the April 25th tea, she wore a long-sleeved costume with train in red with black brocade. A bird was nested on her wide brim hat gathered by black lace.

A drawing for donated items and the winners were: A quilted table topper by Judy Simmons won by Susan Lucas; a crochet afghan by Sharon Hughes won by Doris Puderbaugh; a spa basket by Suzanne Conley won by Carol Cassidy; a red kitchen basket by Suzanne Conley won by Nancy Coughlin; and a quilted table runner by Wanda Hendershot won by Joyce Warner.

Door prizes were a basket of Lavender lotions by Mary Gray won by Eva Laidecker, and a locally made reed basket with grocery list and pen by Anita Wagner was won by Mary West.

More than 90 guests enjoyed the afternoon socializing over tea, scones, savories and sweets within the recently enlarged fireside room at the Friend’s Church in Hughesville.