Optimists’ fancy tea raises $1,450
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.
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.