Local OHCE chapters host second-annual Tea for Two

Donna RobbinsCounty Extension Director

Osage County chapters of Oklahoma Home and Community Education capped the organization’s weeklong recruiting drive Saturday, May 7, with their second-annual Tea for Two.

Held at the Osage County Fairgrounds’ Women’s Building, the event involved OHCE groups from Fairfax, Burbank and Sand Creek. Members and friends from Pawhuska, Fairfax, Shidler, Burbank, Skiatook, Hominy, Bartlesville and Wynona attended.

The ladies had a lunch of chicken salad sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, salads, homemade breads, grape salad, vegetable and cheese tray, along with the best desserts in Osage County. Fresh blackberry and peach-raspberry iced tea, as well as a wide selection of hot teas, also were offered.

Decorations included beautiful fresh-cut flowers, lovely white tablecloths and an eclectic variety of tea cups and saucers. The Fairfax group (also known as The Do Bees) made a lovely window arrangement in downtown Fairfax.

The ladies held a hat contest and a fashion show. Barbara Strahm was the grand prize winner of a lovely rustic cuff bracelet, courtesy of Dee Chambers. Other door prizes included a candle with exquisitely hand-made candle holder, potted plants, a picture frame, and much more. Kelsey Oliphant (from Peace Love and Birth) donated certificate for a free, 60-minute massage, which was won by Taryn Crawford.

Donna Robbins briefly discussed OHCE’s history. Her guest, LuAnn Christian, of Pawhuska, brought a beautiful quilt her grandmother made when she was a member of OHCE in the 1930s. LuAnn also brought some newspaper clippings and pictures to share. Dee Chambers arranged some of the yearbooks into a shadow box, which was then put on display.

Hasne Arslan (from the Raindrop Turkish House in Broken Arrow) was the event’s special guest speaker. She explained the importance of tea in the Turkish culture and also demonstrated how they make tea — which the ladies were then able to sample.

Hasne also explained the purpose of the Raindrop House — a nonprofit, educational, charitable, social and cultural organization and operates in six states (Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and New Mexico). Raindrop offers cooking classes and also helps the needy through its charity organization — which is called “Helping Hands.” Helping Hands provides all types of help for the needy, homeless and destitute, as well as to widowers, patients, orphans, veterans and persons affected by catastrophes like earthquakes, floods and fires. Helping Hands attempts to strengthen social responsibility, solidarity and consciousness by contributing to the improvement of society.

Talented Pawhuska artist Taryn Crawford used her expertise to provide an enjoyable painting class in which she offered the ladies a choice of two different designs. Bartlesville crafter Kelsey Oliphant and Donna Robbins conducted a class on the recycling of glass jars, during which the ladies were able to modge podge and chalk paint. Elizabeth Chambers gave a portrayal of Queen Victoria — chronicling the life of the famous queen who ruled the British Empire from 1837 to 1901.

Oklahoma Home and Community Education is a program of continuing education which involves all aspects of home and community life. The ultimate mission of the organization is to educate its membership. Through its relationship with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, OHCE presents research-based information designed to keep the members well-informed and able to handle change in their homes and communities.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the organization should contact Donna Robbins in the OSU Extension office, at 918-287-4170.