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A Spaghetti Supper, A Spring Tea, and Good Conversation

The ambience between the Spaghetti Supper on April 13 and the Spring Tea on May 11, 2013 may have differed, but the good feeling of friendship and fellowship were the same.

Spaghetti Supper

The Spaghetti Supper, with its bright tablecloths, perhaps 10 varieties of spaghetti sauce, fresh salads, and both garlic and artisan breads, provided a relaxed evening for St. John's parishioners and their Glencarlyn neighbors.  The Glencarlynites in particular took the opportunity to catch up on each other's lives now that winter and too much time indoors were coming to an end.  And then there were the desserts--cakes and pies and more, oh my!

Parishioner John Restall, at right, was among those whose efforts at setting up, serving, and cleaning up created an enjoyable, relaxing evening for everyone.

Spring Tea

The afternoon Spring Tea was a more formal affair, but the relaxation and enjoyment of conversation were just as evident as at the supper.  The tables were set with white linen, silverware, and fine china that had been donated and handed down by parishioners over the years.  Finger sandwiches of all kinds, little quickes, and scones lined the long serving table, and teas of all sorts were available at each dining table.  Two gentlemen of the parish in tuxes circulated among the tables serving champagne for the adults and sparkling cider for the children.  And again there were the delicious desserts--chocolate-covered strawberries, homemade fudge, lemon squares, and lots of other little cakes and goodies.  Meanwhile, live piano music entertained the guests, who included parishioners, mothers and children celebrating Mother's Day a day early, and senior women from across Northern Virginia who enjoy this chance to revisit elegance once a year.