Wednesday, October 23, 2013

11th Annual Turquoise and Silver Tea "Western Romance"

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The ladies of the Flickinger Center Guild in Alamogordo, New Mexico held their eleventh annual fund raiser for the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts at the Sgt.Willie Estrada Memorial Civic Center. The Flickinger Center is a non-profit performing arts center governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The theater sponsors an annual Performing Arts Series in addition to a Tailgate Series during the summer months.

Guests were served tea and an assortment of fruit, sandwiches and delicious dessert bites by the Alamogordo High School Elite Choir and the Varsity Cheerleaders. The delightful servers kept our teacups filled and trays of food coming catered by Mountain View Catering.

The event was emceed by the very capable Sarina Turnbull and Eli Levy. The whole production was quick paced and chock full of action the full two hours we were there. The Just Country Band with Bill Moore, Carol Noelle and Joe Roche entertained as we arrived. A Silent Auction was set up in one corner and the auction items were beautiful and plentiful. If allowed one suggestion, the area was too congested and it might be considered to set the auction up with more room next year. Apparently, it was quite successful because I noted many people lined up to purchase their items at the end.

Joni Castello and The Turquoise Gems, Carrol Bossart, Peggy Andre, Lee Selden, Linda Ruff, Ken and Janet Cooper, Monte and LaVerle Hoover, Swan Colpitts and Pat Douville, Rowena Laabs and Caitlyn Mackechnie were all beautifully dressed, sporting lovely turquoise jewelry of every description.

Janelle Hernandez danced a ballet number while Joel Hamilton expertly read "The Legend of Pavla Blanca", the story of the ghost of the White Sands. Janelle was a joy to watch as she interpreted the story with her ballet. This was followed by Cowboy Poet Sid Benson who was also quite entertaining.

Models wore fashions and accessories from Bealls, Burks, GCRMC Gift Shop, Maurice's and Yanelli's, all in Alamogordo and from Cloudcroft were Seasons at the Lodge and High Altitude. It is astounding, if one just knows where to shop, how many stylish clothes and accessories are available in the area. Models were just too numerous to mention, but very professional and seemed to be having a great time in their roles. As usual, Fashion Commentator Susie Hall kept the action moving with her expert commentary on each ensemble.

Red Hatters of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter in Alamogordo attended in their red and purple tea attire and had a lovely time. This is an event highly looked forward to by them as well as the rest of the attendees. Door prize ticket numbers were called at every lull in the proceedings with prizes donated by numerous merchants and individuals. Five Red Hatters won door prizes!

The tea was a grand event and we can't wait until next year when they hold their Twelfth Annual Turquoise and Silver Tea. Thanks, ladies of the Guild, for providing the social event of the year in Alamogordo.

L to R: Margie, VQ Penny and Marian
Dorothy and Lynne
Darla and Nadia
Margie was first in our group to win a door prize
Queen Ladybird (Carla) just before leaving for the tea
I had Doug take my picture because I'm always behind the camera at these events. Thank you, Doug for a job well done!

This all I have to say for now.

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