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Soroptimists Spring Tea & Fashion Show set April 20
Soroptimist members show off some samples of vintage and modern tea sets at the Manteca Senior Center where the Spring Tea & Fashion Show will be held on April 20 starting at noon. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

A smorgasbord of spring fashions combined with a three-course luncheon against a backdrop of vintage table settings is taking place Saturday, April 20, at the Manteca Senior Center.

The event, to start at noon, is the Spring Tea & Fashion Show hosted by the Soroptimist International of Manteca. Service club members are inviting everyone to bring their “children and grandchildren and experience the fun of an Olde-fashioned Tea Party.”

Modeling clothes from The Dress Barn in Manteca will be some Soroptimist members. Outfits for the children and grandchildren models will be provided by their parents and grandparents. Each of the adult models will be presenting two outfits.

The $25 donation per ticket will include a three-course tea luncheon starting with scones followed by different kinds of finger sandwiches, plus fancy desserts. There will be a “little gift” for every guest as well.

Ramping up the fun will be a drawing for three door prizes and many others, all donated to help the service club raise money for its various community projects. There will be raffle tickets sold at the event for the more than two-dozen drawing prizes. Admission tickets will make each guest eligible to win one of the door prizes which include jewelry.

Guests will be seated in old-fashioned table settings featuring primarily vintage items; however, there will be some brand-new tea sets. Soroptimist members who are setting up the tables will be using their grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ sets, tablecloths and accent pieces.

“It’s all going to be elegant. All the chairs will be covered, and everyone is encouraged to wear fashionable hats,” for the Tea Party Hat Contest, said Soroptimist member Betty Ingell. Winners will receive prizes.

Co-chairing the event are Danette of Monogram Magic and Sharon Cunial.

Proceeds from events such as the Spring Tea and Fashion Show are given back to the community in the form of scholarships and other community programs such as the crisis counseling program for students in the Manteca Unified School District. Last week, the service club awarded $12,500 to about a dozen high school seniors and four other special awards given to women helping women in the community.

Tickets to the Spring Tea & Fashion Show can be purchased at Tipton’s Stationery & Gifts in downtown Manteca, 169 W. Yosemite Avenue (tel. 823-7644), from Danette Jared of Monogram Magic also located downtown (tel. 823-2166), Betty Ingell (tel. 599-6766) or from any Soroptimist member. Table reservations for eight people will be available, as well as singles and doubles.