Annual Silver Tea event raises money for local hospital

Dec 14, 2013
At the Silver Tea, Judy Whitney-Blake, treasurer of the Hospital Aid, left, presented Mark Biscone, Executive Director of the Hospital, with a check for $7,500 for the annual campaign. And Lois Aitken, treasurer of the Hospital Gift Shop, gave him another $2,500 from proceeds at the gift shop.

The annual Silver Tea, sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital Aid, was held Dec. 4 at the home of Tom and Alicia Stevenson, 58 Church Street, Belfast. The public enjoyed touring the magnificent home, along with the sandwiches, desserts, punch, coffee and tea served by Aid members from silver services.

The setting was a three-story house built in 1875 for George Pote, a Civil War veteran, who manufactured men’s vests. The house has Italianate influences with a capped decorative portico and bay windows.

The current owners have lived at the house for the past four years and have carefully restored certain rooms and modernized others. Open to be toured were twin parlors, a dining room, sunroom, kitchen, master bedroom and guest room on the first floor. A large map of Belfast from 1855 hangs in the front parlor. The front stairway has the original bannister, dentate-type wall molding and leads to the four bedrooms on the second floor.

A silver bowl located near the entrance for donations contained $2,163 and the raffle of gift cards to local restaurants netted nearly $1,700. All funds realized from the tea will benefit the hospital.

Winners of the Aid’s holiday raffle “Bon Appetit” were Leslie Lavender, Lucy Ledien, Ed Lord, Norma Sweigert, Geary Tibbetts and Judy Warren.

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