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A joyful and relaxing event

Conversation was lively, the seasonal music regal and the atmosphere festive.

With tickets sold out weeks in advance, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church’s fifth annual Christmas Tea was a joyful and relaxing event.

Organized by the Episcopal Church Women, an exquisite array of holiday foods were presented with an assortment of freshly brewed teas. Ninety minutes of tranquility from the hustle and bustle of the season were indeed available for each attendee.

Two exciting events during the afternoon added the gift of giving to the festivities.

Eight local not-for-profit organizations were presented with checks from the proceeds of the annual St. Patrick’s Shamrock Quilt Raffle. Representatives of each organization — Carmen Hubbs, Archuleta Victims Assistance; Terri House, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Sharon Crump, Habitat; Lisa Scott, Pagosa Mountain Hospital; Mardel Gallegos, Head Start’s Incredible Journey Program; Kelly Wilderson, Pagosa Springs Youth Center; Cathy Coy, Pregnancy Support Center and Lynn Bridges, Seeds of Learning — were special guests of the afternoon event.

In addition, door prizes, two made by church members — a lovely, quilted Christmas table runner and a Victorian teapot with a holiday tea cozy — were presented to several attendees of the holiday gathering.

Proceeds of Sunday’s event will purchase construction materials for the talented women of St. Patrick’s to create the 2010 Shamrock Raffle Quilt to be presented to one lucky ticket holder next fall. Again next December, proceeds of the quilt raffle will be presented to local organizations during the 2010 Christmas Tea.