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Monday, October 28, 2019

Berea Home Village Fall Fiesta

I volunteered to help with the Berea Home Village Fall Fiesta fundraiser
and was given the task of being the Decorations Chair. 
I searched online and locally and found some great bargain decorations
at Dollar Tree, Oriental Trading Company and Amazon. 
I recruited my forever friend, Patty, and daughter, Melissa to help me.
 Left to Right Above: Patty, Katie, BHV Executive Director, Melissa, me and Carla, BHV Chair.
Below: front Patty and Diane, fundraiser chair.  Back: me, Katie and Peggy.
The event was held on October 8 at Churchill's in Berea, a large
warehouse-style building, originally Churchill Weavers,
converted into an events center by a local family.
Mariachi band from Lexington.
 It was a sold-out crowd of 150.
 Several members of a local sorority helped (below)
 A delicious Mexican buffet.
 Carla, below, making her plea for volunteers and donations.
 Silent Auction
More decorations:

 I forgot to take a photo of the two decorated sombreros on the
double door entrance. (this was my practice photo at home)
Below: My 84-year old friend, Wanda who suffered a heart attack in the spring.
She had joined Berea Home Village shortly before.  BHV is an organization of volunteers
with Katie, the executive director, as the only employee. The volunteers
are available to drive members to and from appointments, make check-in calls, handyman help,
shopping, running errands, light gardening, visiting and more up to three times a week.

From the website:
"Berea Home Village offers members an affordable option for staying in their own homes when transportation and household chores become difficult - the point at which many older people have to leave their familiar surroundings.  This innovative solution is perfect for those who wish to remain active, independent, and socially connected to their communities."
Membership: Members are offered a variety of services to help make life easier.  The services are tailored to the member's needs and include activities and services, including transportation and in home assessments."
Berea Home Village is a member of the Village to Village Network.
Google to see if you have a village in your area. 
The Village is a wonderful organization.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Keeneland in October

October in this part of Kentucky means Keeneland's Fall Race Meet
runs for three weeks, October 4 - 26 (with no racing on Monday or Tuesday).
Located in Lexington, Kentucky the "Horse Capital of the World."
Lexington is surrounded by over 400 horse farms and is the home
of the 1,200 acre Kentucky Horse Park which attracts
over a million visitors a year.

We attended a wonderful fundraiser for the Hindman Settlement School
on Friday, October 18, including brunch, speakers and silent auction
and a table trackside with a buffet lunch.
Our friends, Cheryl and Randy, attended with us.
 Glenn retired September 2018 and Randy retired September 2019.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Afternoon Tea at The Drake

 Afternoon Tea at The Drake in Chicago
on Sunday afternoon, October 13th.
Our three-tiered server was arranged differently than we had
experienced, but it was a good idea for two gluten free and one
regular afternoon tea.  Each of us had a separate plate, gluten free plates
were on the top and bottom and the regular one for Glenn was
on the middle tier.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Afternoon Tea in Chicago

We went to Chicago for Austin's fall break.
I had made advance reservations for Saturday afternoon tea at
the Peninsula Hotel in The Lobby Restaurant and Sunday at the Drake Hotel.
We attended Hamilton on Saturday night.
I thought we would reserve Monday for sightseeing, therefore no tea reservations.
Well, my guys enjoyed afternoon tea at the Peninsula so much on Saturday
that they made reservations for Monday. 
Austin rated it the "best gluten free afternoon tea he ever had."
Yes, it was the same menu both times, but I'll never complain if these guys want to
schedule afternoon tea.
Cranberry Gluten Free Scones below
(Austin's photography)


These photos are from both Saturday and Monday.


Friday, October 4, 2019

Harney and Sons Teas

I order tea from Harney and Sons Master Tea Blenders online.
I have always enjoyed their printed catalog that arrives in my mailbox periodically.
The most recent publication is outstanding with all sorts of interesting
 history and educational information about teas.
Do you have a favorite Harney Tea?
Do you use their loose tea, tea bags or silken sachets?
Tea or herbal infusions?
Iced or hot?
My husband, Glenn, drinks Harney and Sons Decaf Ceylon.
I most frequently (as in every day) drink Queen Catherine, a blend of three Chinese black teas,
hot or iced depending on the time of day and the weather.
Recently, I've been experimenting with green teas.
Contact Harney and Sons at www.harney.com to be put on their mailing list.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Time for Christmas Tea?

The Annual Holiday Issue of TeaTime Magazine arrived in my mailbox today. 
Retail stores are already selling Christmas decorations so I suppose it's time
to think about planning Christmas Tea. 
 The beautiful photography and delicious menus in TeaTime
inspire me when it time to plan a lovely afternoon tea.