Local businesses, clubs and residents are invited to participate in the 2008 DuPont Historical Society Cherry Blossom Tea and Vintage Style Show on April 12 at Chloe Clark Elementary. This long standing DuPont tradition will include finger sandwiches, fruit, desserts, tea, and a fashion show featuring the trendiest togs from the late nineteenth and mid twentieth centuries. Guests are invited to wear tea attire including stylish vintage hats. Gloves are optional. The tea will begin promptly at noon.
“We would love to see local businesses and clubs participate in this wonderful event by sponsoring tables,” said Lee McDonald, President of the DuPont Historical Society. Various levels of sponsorships are available from $50 to $500. Clubs or businesses can sponsor as many tables as they choose. Interested parties can also host a table for $100. Each table seats 10, and there are 20 tables total. Individual seating is $12. Adults and children over age eight may attend. In addition to sponsoring and hosting tables, volunteers are needed to decorate them.
“We really want someone who has a knack for dressing up a table and giving it character,” Anytime Fitness owner Helen Wada said. Wada, who is on the Spring Tea Planning Committee, is in charge of the Table Decorators. “Tables can be decorated in any theme just as long as the decorator supplies two tea pots, 10 teacups and saucers or 10 mugs, a centerpiece, and two or three cream and sugar sets,” she said. Sample themes include a tulip garden, April in Paris, Hawaiian Paradise, fruit harvest, and so on. Some tables may want to play off of the Cherry Blossom theme which the event is named for.
In the mid 1930’s, the DuPont Company planted Japanese Cherry Trees down Barksdale Avenue, and around the parks and green spaces. According to the DuPont Historical Society, an annual Cherry Blossom Tea was started some time in the 1940s to celebrate the beautiful cherry tree blossoms which were a welcoming site to rain-weary residents. The first Cherry Blossom Teas were held at the DuPont Club House. After the Club House was torn down, the tea moved to the DuPont Community Presbyterian Church. This year the Cherry Blossom Tea will be held at Chloe Clark Elementary. “After this rain soaked winter, it seems appropriate to bring back the tea and give the community something to look forward to,” said McDonald.
For reservations or sponsorships please call 253-964-2399 or 253-267-5267. Interested Table Decorators can contact Helen Wada at Anytime Fitness at 253-380-0209. The Cherry Blossom Tea and Vintage Style Show is a fund raising event for the DuPont Historical Society. The Society’s mission is to preserve, interpret and promote the Historical heritage of the City of DuPont and surrounding areas for present and future generations.