Out & About: Greensburg Garden Center Spring Tea Defies Latest Winter Blast

Winter tried to put up a last fight, but the flowers were blooming as the Greensburg Garden Center held its annual convention Spring Tea.

Returning from a two-year pandemic hiatus, the event took place at Maplewood Presbyterian Church in Hempfield on Saturday.

“There’s a snowstorm outside, but the mood here is springtime,” said the event chair. Angie raitano.

About 80 guests gathered to enjoy a meal of traditional tea and – of course – cups of the featured drink on 10 colorful tables decorated in a variety of seasonal themes.

Table themes and hostesses included “Bunnies & Butterflies”, by Elaine Harmon and bonny Kramer; “Jardin d’Hiver”, by the center co-presidents Diane Dale and Carl Russia; Low Tide, Tea by Terry Rodgers and Andrea Nelson; “Tee mit Freunden”, by Nadine Mason and Judy Gear; and “Birds”, by J.D. peterson.

Also, “Botanical Inspiration”, by Mary Ann Artman; “Ring Around the Roses” and “Freedom Rings”, both from Angie Raitanoh; “A cup of tea”, by Joan Stairs; and “Azaleas”, by Tiffany Horvat.

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Event chair Angie Raitano (center) with Greensburg Garden Center co-chairs Diane Dale and Carla Rusnica at the center’s Spring Tea March 26 at Maplewood Presbyterian Church in Hempfield.

The center’s last tea, in 2020, barely sank under the pandemic shutdown. Rusnica was happy to see the room full again.

“Everyone wants to go out. It’s time,” she said.

summer wood of Harrison City provided keyboard background music, as twin sister Sonnet Woodrow sitting nearby.

The center also offered take-out tea packages for those unable to attend in person. The menu included sandwiches, scones, cookies, lemon curd and jam, sweet pecans and an assortment of Twinings teas. The package also included a vintage teacup and saucer.


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Left to right: Florence Whetsel, Bobbie Johns and Donna Miller at the center’s Spring Tea, March 26 at Maplewood Presbyterian Church in Hempfield.

Seen at tea: Elizabeth Pesci, Mary Ellen Leslie, Charlene Mahu, Betty Palko, Iris Cisarik, Joyce Peterson, Linda Phelps, Marie Rossi, Anna Zamule, Penny Manges, Lynn Staab, Amy Betler, Leeanna Ryva, Elfrieda Saylor, Pat Parsons, Mary Ann Calabrase, Peggy Kauffman, Mary Ann Curley, Susan O’Donnell, Rita Petrovich, Theresa Miedel, Florence Whetsel, Bobbie Johns and Dona Miller.

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@triblive.com or via Twitter .