Optimists’ fancy tea raises $1,450

Wiarton Echo - - FRONT PAGE - Zoe Kessler Ed­i­tor

Sport­ing fancy hats and pe­riod cos­tume, about 150 at­tended this year’s Fancy Tea, hosted by the Wiar­ton District Op­ti­mist Club, Feb. 4.

Men in hats and women in fas­ci­na­tors helped raise about $1,450 for two lo­cal char­i­ties – $670 for the Wiar­ton Skate­board Park build­ing fund and about $780 for the Penin­sula Shores District School break­fast club.

The 5th an­nual Fancy Tea was once again held at the Sal­va­tion Army in Wiar­ton. This year’s at­ten­dees – in hon­our of Canada’s 150th birth­day – were asked to dress in ap­pro­pri­ate 1867 pe­riod cos­tume.

This year’s win­ner for best cos­tume was Mar­lene Fox, of Creemore.

Cristina Fos­ter, coowner of Blue­bird Flow­ers in Wiar­ton, who supplied the flower ar­range­ments for the oc­ca­sion – won for most orig­i­nal hat.

Mem­bers of the For­get-Me-Not Red Hat so­ci­ety were out in full force and full cos­tume, in­clud­ing bil­low­ing gowns and vo­lu­mi­nous fas­ci­na­tors.

Tak­ing a dif­fer­ent tack, four friends from Wiar­ton wore cow­boy hats as they tipped their teacups, while Eleanor Silk, a long-time Wiar­ton res­i­dent, got in the Wiar­ton Wil­lie Fes­ti­val mood with a Wil­lie pin – circa 2001 adorn­ing her cha­peau.

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Eleanor Silk adorned her fas­ci­na­tor with a Wiar­ton Wil­lie pin at the an­nual Wiar­ton District Optimists Club Fancy Tea at the Sal­va­tion Army in Wiar­ton, Feb. 4.

Mar­lene Fox (sec­ond from left), of Creemore, won the prize for best cos­tume and Cristina Fos­ter (third from right), of Wiar­ton, won for most orig­i­nal hat at the Wiar­ton District Op­ti­mist Club’s 5th an­nual fancy tea, which raised about $1,450 for two lo­cal char­i­ties, Feb. 4.

Sarah Hil­lis (left), and her pals Kameron Arnold, Jor­don Sut­ter, and her boyfriend Sam Cle­mens, all of Wiar­ton, raised their teacups at the 5th an­nual fancy tea fundraiser at the Sal­va­tion Army in Wiar­ton, Feb. 4.

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