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Priscilla Book Club

As 16 members of the Priscilla Book Club and guest, Charlotte Weaver, arrived at the festively decorated home of Rose Mary Ball on Dec. 7 at 3 p.m., they were greeted with, “Welcome to our English tea,” by co-hostesses Mrs. Ball and Sara Miller.

Assisting with the hospitalities were James Ball and Steve Miller, who served the ladies various blends of British tea.

The program also consisted of Dickens carolers in old English dress: Gaye Howard, Dean Lawing, Charles Holland and Phil Campbell, who sang Christmas carols between the courses of ambrosia, dainty open-faced cucumber sandwiches, filled tarts and peppermint scones with peppermint cream.

The final course was a choice of red velvet cake, carrot cake or chocolate cheesecake.

The musical program began with the carolers singing “An Olde English Christmas,” accompanied by Mrs. Ball at the piano and Mr. Ball playing the trumpet. A few of the other 12 carols sung by the carolers included “I Saw Three Ships”; “The Holly and the Ivy”; “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?”; “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen”; “Good King Wenceslas”; “What Child Is This?” and “The First Noel.”

The group was invited to participate in singing the final number, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Program leader Mrs. Ball concluded the delightful program with the history of caroling. St. Francis of Assisi is known as the father of caroling.

President Sarah Lantz thanked Mrs. Ball and Mrs. Miller for the wonderful, memorable program and the delicious food.

For her literary moment, Mrs. Lantz highlighted the history of Christmas tree lights.

During the business meeting, donations of $400 for Christian Ministry and $150 for The Good Neighbor Shop were collected.

In closing, Mrs. Lantz discussed the history of the Christmas tree and led the club in singing “O Tannenbaum, O Christmas Tree.”

Following the meeting, the members gathered for a group picture.

Upon departing, the hostesses gave everyone party crackers and a log-shaped roll, which is a British tradition. It is a love token with small items inside. Members were also given a bag of peppermint bark.

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