Girl Scouts host tea for local seniors
Marlborough - The smell of fresh scones drifted down the halls of the New Horizon's senior assisted-living center Aug. 26 as a crowd of seniors enjoyed a proper English tea hosted by members of Girl Scout troop 2834.
Troop members Alex Swanson, Sarah Margolis and Julianne Wilner decided to sponsor the tea, which served as the service project they needed to achieve the Silver Award (the highest award a cadet Girl Scout can earn), after taking a trip to Marlborough, England.
The event featured tea served in bone china with fresh scones and fruit trifle, all made by the girls, and homemade crackers (popular British party favor) stuff ed with British flag pins.
In addition, the girls presented a Power Point slide show of their trip to England and raffled off door prizes.
Giovanna Melisi is a senior who attended the event.
"I have been here [New Horizon] for four years and this is and this was one of the best parties," Melisi said. "The way the girls conducted themselves and served the tea and the food itself was excellent."
Sarah explained how she and the other scouts organized the tea.
"When we planned the event, we decided to go all out," she said.
This included providing real china that they raided from their parents' and grandparents' china cabinets after discovering that New Horizon only had coffee mugs.
The parents of the scouts joked about having to dust off the china; some admitted that it was the first time their china was ever used.
For Frank Sanders, the tea party reminded him of the last time he was in England, during World War II. He laughed as he explained that he had to wait nearly an hour for his British pilots to finish their tea before they could fly him from Germany, where he had been in a prisoner-ofwar camp for four months, to England.
At the tea, Sanders proudly pinned the British flag on his chest and talked with other residents about his time in England during the war and his childhood memories of being a Boy Scout.
The scouts and Lynn Marie Lange, the activities director of the center, were pleased with the turnout of more than 40 seniors.
Sarah attributed some of the success to her 82-year- old grandmother and New Horizon resident Shirley Margolis, who encouraged other residents to attend.
"The girls did a beautiful job," she said.
The scouts commented that they were pleasantly surprised by the willingness of local businesses to contribute to the project.
Wilner and the other girls groaned as they recounted the endless summer hours that were spent making the 40 flag pins.
"When we started," Wilner said. "It took 40 minutes for me to make one pin."
They decided to recruit the help of other Girl Scouts – Sarah Platt, Katherine Kawoski, Katrina Harris, Gwen Hogan and Maggie Doolin.
"After already going through the Silver Award process, we realized that we all need to help each other," Karwoski said.
Lange said it was great to bring the community programs to the center because it gave the seniors an interesting opportunity to socialize.
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