Enjoy a relaxing English country tea


April 06, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ELVA COX loves tea. Her stationery is decorated with teacups. She almost always wears a pretty teapot pin on her jackets, and she loves to relax over a nice hot cup of tea just about any time. Cox also loves English country tea, a delightful tradition that features hot tea with tasty sandwiches, rich scones and sinfully delicious trifle.

Twice a year, Cox organizes the parishioners of Epiphany Episcopal Church in presenting an English Country Tea in the World War I-era chapel in Odenton. Church pews give way to tables filled with people who enjoy the lovely food and the relaxing atmosphere.

On "Tea Day," Cox has no time to relax. She is everywhere, welcoming, organizing, cooking, cleaning, making sure everything goes well. By the end of the day, she may be exhausted and relieved that the event is successfully over. So what does she do when she gets home? Of course, she puts on the kettle for a nice cup of tea. Epiphany's next English Country Tea is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 at the chapel, at Morgan and Odenton lanes in Odenton. Tickets will be available at the door for $12. But you may order tickets in advance for $10 by calling Cox at 410-674-4144.

Classes for parents

Beginning Sunday, the Rev. Jon Fregger, minister of Crofton's Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, will conduct a series of classes for church parents concerning a child's readiness for taking part in communion. The class will be held in Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. Sunday and April 18 and 25. Time will be set aside at both May 2 worship services for children to receive communion.

Information: 410-721-2313.

Basket Bingo

The Cadet Girl Scouts of Troop 384 and the Brownies of Troop 1231 are joining to present basket bingo at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bowie Elks Hall, on Route 450 in Crofton. Mary Ellen Talson, a Girl Scout leader who is helping organize the event, explains that basket bingo is bingo in which the prizes are Longaberger baskets. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12 or can be purchased in advance for $10 by calling Talson at 410-721-5289.

Festival winner

Julia Drumm of Crofton, a junior at Arundel High School, was recently a winner in the Saul Ross Broad Creek Music Festival at the University of Maryland, College Park. Julia and her partner, Lauren Hanson of Silver Spring, took first place in the highest-level ensemble competition, playing Faure's "Le Pas Espagnol." Last month, she was a member of a piano quartet that took first place in the Maryland State Music Teachers' Association Competition, also at College Park.

Drumm teaches Sunday School at St. Martin's Lutheran Church and plays fullback sweeper for the Davidsonville Strikers soccer team.

Pub Date: 4/06/99

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