Chapter TX of the P.E.O. Sisterhood took advantage of the changing leaves and the cooler temperatures to sponsor a Fall Tea and Fashion Show at Santa Ynez Rancho Estates.

Beautifully decorated round tables each had their pots of hot tea and baskets of scones with all the accoutrements of clotted cream, lemon curd and raspberry jam along with an assortment of tea sandwiches provided by the members of Chapter TX in Solvang.

The dessert table was laden with bars, cookies, cakes, petit fours and tarts, a proper finish to a lovely spread.

Midway into the tea, President Jayne Harasty thanked the audience for their support and explained the various scholarships, grants and low-interest loans available to deserving undergraduate students, researchers and those pursuing doctoral degrees.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood owns a women’s college, Cottey College, in Nevada, Mo., that is focused on raising $35 million for a fine-arts building and to expand the curriculum to include four new baccalaureate degrees in international relations and business, psychology, environmental studies and English.

The profits from the sale of the clothes modeled by five of the Chapter TX members at the local event are earmarked for academic scholarships.

Margee Lennard served as master of ceremonies for the fashion show of the Jockey Person to Person line of comfortable clothing.

 After the show, those attending enjoyed trying on the sample Jockey fall line of fashions. All were subject to the critique and encouragement of their peers. The comfort factor of the Jockey line of clothing made multiple sales an easy choice.

A quilt made by the chapter Quilting Group was raffled, as was a delicately crocheted afghan donated by a Solvang resident. Casey Reynolds and Pam Curran managed the raffle of many beautiful items, including PCPA theater tickets and multiple bottles of local wines.

 Nearly everyone left with a prize, extra pastries and perhaps a few extra pounds. The well planned and executed afternoon was the idea of Barbara Radom of the Social Committee and Margee Lennard of the Ways and Means Committee.

After so much fun, many suggested this tea and fashion concept should become an annual event.


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