The Ways and Means Committee of the St. Paul Branch AAUW held the annual August tea on Wednesday, August 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Doors opened at 1:30. Guests enjoyed piano music by Jim Andrews (husband of committee chair Kathy Andrews), lawn games and tables in the shade in the backyard, a history exhibit, house tours, tea trivia and puzzles, as well as social time. At 2:00 lunch and freshly brewed tea were served. We began with fresh scones – carrot cake, vanilla, and dark chocolate with sea salt served with Devonshire cream and fruit preserves. Scones were followed by a wild rice, cranberry, grape & pecan salad. Next up were the sandwiches – marinated salmon on rye crostini with dill and lemon flavored cream cheese, chicken Waldorf with apples and celery inside a cream puff, and a cucumber, Boursin cheese, radish sprouts with tomato jam on French baguette. At 3:00 PM, Jayne Becker, Manager of the Alexander Ramsey House, presented a program about Victorian weddings and courting rituals. She brought along two dresses from the Minnesota Historical Society collection. Finally, dessert was served – mini ganache & meringue tarts, mini rhubarb pies topped with Chantilly, and baby strawberry napoleons.
The tea is a fundraiser for the Branch Scholarship Trust and for AAUW Funds.
The 2016-2017 Ways and Means Committee volunteered their time and talents to make the tea a success. Committee chair, Kathy Andrews, oversaw all the details. Diane Glynn and Joanne Wang arranged the flowers in teapots, loaned by committee members, for the table centerpieces. Carol Barry made the tea concentrate and filled the teapots with the help of Vickie Smith. Carol also arranged for the speaker. Doreen Nystedt and Vickie Eischens poured tea and replaced empty pots with full as needed. Doreen also designed the program and made the place cards with guest’s names. Betty Johnston took the reservations and prepared the tea trivia. Kathy Andrews made the tea crossword. Mikel Clifford and Mary Schwab handled the hospitality check-in table. Mary wrapped the door prizes. The entire committee, including Norma Cashill and Douglass Forbes, offered invaluable contributions at our planning meetings.