The Cedaredge Women's Literary Club has a long history with Cedaredge High School girls.
Lynette Reed spoke about the history of that connection during the Senior Tea on Wednesday, April 25.
"Years ago, the club hired senior high school girls to work as library assistants to shelve books, type cards, and check out library materials. To thank the girls for their help, the first Senior Tea was held on April 18, 1951, and the tradition has continued every year since that time."
Reed told that the club's history goes back much further than that, established 102 years ago on November 30, 1910. The purpose was to help with the care and maintenance of the Cedaredge Public Library and to stimulate intellectual and moral development and to promote good fellowship among club members.
The first books for the library were provided by members and a box of books from a traveling library collection from Denver. There were over 800 books on the shelves by 1916 that were actively borrowed by Cedaredge residents.
Literary club members kept the library growing by performing plays, sponsoring concerts, hosting teas, holding bake sales and manning a booth at the county fairs.
Michele Gillis, senior class sponsor, spoke of the young ladies' accomplishments during the past year, including the sports program, the homecoming float, their scholarships earned, leadership abilities and successful fund raising efforts.
Fulfilling yet another tradition, in turn, each guest and club member stood, introduced themselves, and the young women told of their future plans.
The tea menu, with food contributed by club members, included tiny tea sandwiches, vegetables and relishes, individual cheesecakes, and strawberries and whipped cream. Beverages included tea, of course, and lemonade.
Following the tea, the senior girls participated in the first Literary Soup Collaboration with proceeds from sales at AppleFest this fall to benefit the Cedaredge Public Library. Walking the length of two long tables, they filled plastic tubes with soup ingredients including dried corn, dried carrots, lentils and barley, adding a packet of spices and alphabet macaroni. The bags were tied with raffia and a recipe card attached. The user needs to only add their choice of broth and meat for a tasty Literary Soup.
Cedaredge Rotary donated $250 toward purchase of ingredients, supplemented by donations from club members.blog comments powered by Disqus