An English Tea held at Westlawn, an elegant private residence in Heathsville, drew a crowd of 50 people who gathered to enjoy themselves as they socialized on Sunday afternoon April 26. The event, sponsored by the Northumberland Public Library’s Board of Trustees, was “extremely successful,” said Board President Eve Jordan.
“Westlawn is a gorgeous home,” Jordan added, and the locale drew “tremendous attention to our tea.” Tickets cost $20 apiece and all proceeds went to benefit the Northumberland Public Library.
The home’s owners, Jim and Diana Russell, were on hand to mingle with the guests. Diana Russell said the event was fun and Jim Russell agreed. “I love people being in our home and enjoying the things we enjoy,” he said.
Harpist Susan Anthony-Tolbert provided music during the English Tea. She performed near the door so that the sounds of her harp greeted guests as they entered the residence.
Emily Pomerleau said she attended because her good friend Jane Peterson invited her to the tea. “It’s a good occasion to support the library,” Pomerleau said.
Those attending the English Tea were uniformly pleased with the event and the locale. “I think it’s wonderful,” said Gwen Byers. “The house is gorgeous.”