Beautiful day for Author’s Tea at Flanders

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Evie Bachich, Barbara Weber, Rosemarie Ricci, Angel Smith and Carol DeMill welcome author Carol Brill (second from right) to the Author’s Tea. Evie Bachich, Barbara Weber, Rosemarie Ricci, Angel Smith and Carol DeMill welcome author Carol Brill (second from right) to the Author’s Tea. Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Public Library held the sixth annual Author’s Dessert Tea on a sunny afternoon at The Flanders. I chatted with Carmen Constable while her husband held the door for us when we arrived. Elaine Novello sported a small navy blue feather hat as she kept the crowd waiting in the lobby until it was time to go upstairs. Elaine let this columnist by so I could take pictures of the committee. Joanne Romano, who is headed for Clark’s Summit for Mother’s Day, handled the publicity for the Tea. Nicollette Mirra and Gerry Cusato had baskets in hand ready to take guest’s tickets. Nicollette had three grandsons graduate this spring, one from the University of Florida with an Engineering degree, and two from their high schools. Gerri was happy to be out and about and wore a bright pink blouse. Dot Johnson is excited about the birth of her first great, great grandchild, Nellie Jane on Jan. 7. Sandy Crescenzo and husband, Al, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary June 7 at the Atlantis in Nassau.

Karen Bergman introduced me to Flanders new Special Event Coordinator Becky Norton who grew up in Somers Point and lives in Brigantine while they made sure everything was set for high tea and I admired the pink flowered china and teapots on the tables. Evie Bachich, who coordinated the speaker, sported a spring chapeau and beamed when she reported son, Luke, is graduating from Boston College and already has a job in finance.

With seven grandchildren it seems like Barbara Weber is attending graduations every spring. First she’s off to Syracuse University where Kyle Cote will graduate then start his job with GE. Then she’s driving south to Lexington, Va., for grandson, Michael Hagan’s graduation from Virginia Military Institute with a commission in the Navy.

I caught up with Carol DeMill and Angel Smith placing geranium centerpieces on the tables in the Crystal Ballroom. Dottie Cianci was looking forward to the Post Office Food Drive for the Food Cupboard. Jeanne Pless joked about being the “Greeter-Seater” while Cheryl Kelchner took lots of pictures. Theresa Bevilacqua has three grandchildren, divides her time between her homes in Deptford and Ocean City and recently enjoyed spending time in Canada. Sandy Stango recently returned from a cruise in the Caribbean. Mary Jane Bullock just returned from her son’s wedding in Brooklyn. Mary Lee Shannahan’s granddaughter graduated from St. Joe’s while her grandson graduated from Lansdale High School. Marianne Mazzoni and husband, Hank, spent five weeks traveling to Arizona (including the Grand Canyon), Las Vegas, and Colorado. Diane Zaborowski celebrated her birthday at the Tea while Barbara Riggione’s birthday was the day before.  It was hard to recognize Eleanor Burk in her big hat with flowers shading most of her face.

I stopped to chat with Jane Warwick before sitting down at my table with Sandy Crescenzo, Karen Mahar, Jennifer Shirk and her mom, Helen Simmons, Kristin Kelleher, Evie Bachich, Marjorie Williams and guest author Carol Brill.

When Jennifer Bowman set the scones and quiche on our table, she insisted each guest put on the white gloves at their place setting. Karen Mahar keeps busy working at the library and attending her three children’s activities. Jennifer Shirk has written six books and is contemplating her seventh.  Jeanne Robinson took a day off from playing golf to attend the tea and was looking forward to our luncheon and fashion show. Ginny Coco and Pat Angarano were excited about the murder mystery skit to be performed at an upcoming Cape Shore Chorale benefit.

Dustin Peters, a new member of the Library Board, was the lone man among 120 women at the Tea and loved every minute of it. Dustin and wife, Leslie, told me about the Book Club they started last summer at the Yacht Club that is very popular.

Meanwhile back at my table I sampled the tea sandwiches prepared by Flanders Chef Blake Young and desserts from Blue Dolphin in Marmora. Keynote speaker Carol Fragale Brill, author of two novels, told of her thought process in creating and writing her novels and answered questions from the audience. Joann Cioeta wanted to know if she preferred paper and pencil or computer when writing her novels. After the tea I caught up with my neighbors, Alice Crockford and Peg Lippincott, as we headed to the parking lot for our cars.

Friends of Shirley Hawthorne and fellow artists gathered at Latz’s By The Bay for a reception and to view landscapes painted by this Ocean City artist. Rich Hawthorne told me his wife, along with Rae Jaffe, Sue Rau and Diane Brown, spent two weeks in Taos, N.M. painting landscapes of the beautiful scenery. This year these artists are headed to San Diego for two weeks of painting on the West Coast and this time husbands have been invited. I caught up with Shirley visiting with friends and members of the United Methodist Women Grace Circle.

I enjoyed catching up with Beth Pasternak and her sister, Kathy Madison, who joked she can be found on Maureen’s side porch all summer. Beth reports son, Brian, has been invited to compete in World Championship Paddle Boarding in Hawaii the end of July and is dedicating this season to the memory of his father, Gary. Sandee and Bob Vallershamp, Diana and Peter Probasco and Carol and Jay Schoff sported great tans having just returned to Ocean City after spending the winter in Florida. Pat Levis is looking forward to her upcoming tour of England and Ireland.  Pat also told me she worked at the College Grill on the Boardwalk in her high school and college days and wrote the popular “Flotsam ‘n Jetsam” column in The Sentinel.

Marion Talese reports her grandson, Joe Talese, is graduating Rhode Island School of Design in June. Marion invited me to join the Peck’s Beach Book Club she formed six years ago that meets at her home every month. Don Pileggi arrived near the end of the reception with Steve Gabriel who many may remember was Ocean City’s Senior Environmental Planner for seven years in the seventies.  I chatted with Bob Bachich before heading back to Ocean City for a relaxing weekend.

Joanne Romano, Gerri Cusato, Sandy Crescenzo, Dot Johnson and Nicollette Mirra welcomed guests to the Author’s Dessert Tea. Joanne Romano, Gerri Cusato, Sandy Crescenzo, Dot Johnson and Nicollette Mirra welcomed guests to the Author’s Dessert Tea. Cathy Finnegan (center) chats with Theresa Bevilacqua, Sandy Stango, Elaine Novello and Mary Lee Shannahan at the Author’s Tea. Cathy Finnegan (center) chats with Theresa Bevilacqua, Sandy Stango, Elaine Novello and Mary Lee Shannahan at the Author’s Tea. Kathy Giel, Cheryl Kelchner, Mary Jane Bullock, Carmen Constable and Jeanne Pless enjoy Author’s Tea. Kathy Giel, Cheryl Kelchner, Mary Jane Bullock, Carmen Constable and Jeanne Pless enjoy Author’s Tea. Diane Zaborowski, Barbara Riggione, Eleanor Burk, Maryanne Mazzoni and Julia Tassone show off their white gloves and style at Author’s Tea. Diane Zaborowski, Barbara Riggione, Eleanor Burk, Maryanne Mazzoni and Julia Tassone show off their white gloves and style at Author’s Tea. Karen Mahar, Phoebe Dickson, Helen Simmons, Jennifer Shirk and Joan Luongo line up for a picture at the Author’s Tea. Karen Mahar, Phoebe Dickson, Helen Simmons, Jennifer Shirk and Joan Luongo line up for a picture at the Author’s Tea. Ron and Robie McKinnon, Pat Custard, Dave and Merry Wagner and Marilyn Curley get together at an art reception at Latz’s. Ron and Robie McKinnon, Pat Custard, Dave and Merry Wagner and Marilyn Curley get together at an art reception at Latz’s. Shirley Hasthorne (center) shows one of her paintings to Michael Waters, Sue Rau, Rae Jaffe, Diane Brown, Rich Hawthorne, Kathy Madison and Beth Pasternak at her reception at Latz’s. Shirley Hasthorne (center) shows one of her paintings to Michael Waters, Sue Rau, Rae Jaffe, Diane Brown, Rich Hawthorne, Kathy Madison and Beth Pasternak at her reception at Latz’s.


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