TEA AND HIS­TORY

Area DAR mem­bers cel­e­brate birth­day of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/SOUTH - By Greg Bischof

More than 40 Texarkana-area mem­bers of Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion gath­ered Sat­ur­day to cel­e­brate Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s birth­day and to see the rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader him­self— or at least a fac­sim­ile of him.

The first U.S. pres­i­dent’s birth­day is about 11 days away, but that didn’t stop this pa­tri­otic group from gath­er­ing at the Texarkana Mu­seum Sys­tem’s vin­tage P.J. Ah­ern home to cel­e­brate the fed­eral hol­i­day a lit­tle early and to wel­come the na­tion’s first leader with some tea and cake as he en­tered the his­toric domi­cile in the 400 block of Lau­rel Street.

“Ladies, I want to ex­press to you my heart­felt thanks and deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for keep­ing our coun­try’s her­itage alive and well,” said Wash­ing­ton, por­trayed by Texas’ 6th Dis­trict Court of Ap­peals Chief Jus­tice Josh Mor­riss III.

Af­ter al­low­ing him to fin­ish his state­ment, the women gath­ered around Wash­ing­ton with their 21st cen­tury smart­phone cam­eras to pho­to­graph the for­mer com­man­der in chief in his for­mal black 18th cen­tury suit lined with gold but­tons. (Wash­ing­ton wore such a suit to Pres­i­dent John Adams’ in­au­gu­ra­tion.)

“I also want to thank you for keep­ing the me­mory of our revo­lu­tion alive,” he said. “Please keep up this good work.”

The last time Wash­ing­ton ( por­trayed by Mor­riss for at least the last 10 years) dropped by Texarkana, it was for one of his ear­lier birthdays, said Junelle Mungno, pres­i­dent of the Arkansas State So­ci­ety of the DAR.

“Since Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton was born Feb. 22, 1732, in Vir­ginia, we are cel­e­brat­ing his 287th birth­day this year,” she said.

Fol­low­ing his brief visit, Wash­ing­ton thanked the DAR mem­bers once again for their sup­port be­fore head­ing out to an­other stop.

Staff photo by Hunt Mercier

■ Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion and guests en­joy food and tea Sun­day at the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Tea Party at the P.J. Ah­ern Home in Texarkana, Ark.

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