FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The May meeting of the Tarboro Woman’s Club held at the Albemarle on Wednesday was a celebration of the club’s 60 years of service to this community. The speaker at the meeting was Carolyn Owens, special events coordinator for Edenton Tourism, and her topic was The Edenton Tea Party. It seems a variety of myths have colored the facts about the Edenton ladies’ protest against their husband’s boycott of tea following King George III’s new tax on tea imports in 1775.
Celebrations were appropriate as Edenton celebrated that town’s 300th anniversary of its founding over this weekend.
On the tea party theme, prior to the luncheon, hot tea was served to members and guests in an amazing variety of unique and varied tea cups loaned by members. A collection of heirloom tea sets, also loaned by members, was displayed, and complimented by stylized arrangements of pink roses in silver pitchers on individual tables as well as huge arrangements on both the serving table and the display table, all created by club members.
Jessica Rigouard, District 8 vice president, General Federation of Woman’s Clubs of North Carolina, presented three certificates of commendation from the April State Convention to club president Janice Cutchin. A silver tray awarded to the club at the state convention in April as Winner – Greatest Net Increase in Club Membership for last year, was also presented.
The contributions of Madeleine Bass, who served as treasurer of the Tarboro Woman’s Club for 60 years, were recognized with a Merit Award for the Clubwoman with Heart. Mrs. Bass and Lena S. “Bill” Calvert, both charter members, were in attendance.