St. Martin’s Tea, sale planned for Oct. 3

12 years ago

    MILLINOCKET — Nearly 100 volunteers are putting the finishing touches to St. Martin’s Tea and Sale, an annual fall tradition that is expected to draw nearly 400 people from around the Katahdin Region.
    The tea and sale, now in its 51st year, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3. at St. Martin’s Church, 19 Colby St., Millinocket. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. with the serving of the fall favorite, the turkey salad luncheon, beginning 11 a.m.
     Harvest decorations in all their festive colors will transform the lower hall at St. Martin’s Church in Millinocket into an old fashion Harvest Tea and Sale when a work force of four women decorate the area for the Oct. 3 event. The tea and sale is expected to attract nearly 400 area people.
    The decorations for the hall will do double duty this year. Not only will the decorations spark memories of olden days, but each and every decoration may be purchased by those attending. The luncheon centerpieces, artificial mums, also will  be for sale.
    Cottontails, pampas grass, pumpkins, cornstalks, cloth leaves, dry hay, scarecrows and even well-shellacked, dry processed bread, all artfully displayed, will transform the hall.
    Those in charge of decorating the hall include: Brenda Hews, Sylvia Haines, Carol Gatch and Dorothy Howard.
    The popular sales tables will be featured again this year and include: aprons and knit goods, chaired by Brenda Angotti; baked and canned items, chaired by Ann Monteith; plants, chaired by Lorna Martin; fudge, chaired by Judy Cyr; and jewelry, chaired by Tib Manzo. The fact that the sale items are made by some of the area’s best cooks, bakers and seamstresses is always a big draw.
    In addition to the sales tables and luncheon, there will be a drawing of the winners of the eight prizes offered through the chance books mailed out to parishioners, including the top prize of $200 of fuel oil. Additional tickets may be purchased at the door.
    There will be at least 14 other door prizes tea-goers may sign up for.
    Proceeds from the Harvest Tea and Sales will be given to St. Martin’s Catholic Church to help the church meet its financial obligations.