Oh my, oh me, it’s time for tea

Dr. Seuss-themed children’s tea party to deliver rhyming fun

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published March 11, 2015

 Savannah Foxlee, 8, of Shelby Township, poses in a Snow White dress during the Friends of the Shelby Township Library’s 2013 children’s tea party, which featured a theme of “Once Upon a Time.” This year, the Dr. Seuss-themed event will take place March 14.

Savannah Foxlee, 8, of Shelby Township, poses in a Snow White dress during the Friends of the Shelby Township Library’s 2013 children’s tea party, which featured a theme of “Once Upon a Time.” This year, the Dr. Seuss-themed event will take place March 14.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Larco

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Returning for the 14th year, the Friends of the Shelby Township Library’s popular children’s tea party will take place March 14 and adopt a new theme: Dr. Seuss.

With seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., families are invited to indulge in an afternoon of rhyming fun featuring songs and stories from “Seussical the Musical.” The young performers from All the World’s a Stage in Washington Township will give the performances.

Co-chair Nancy Larco, who has worked on the children’s tea party for 13 years, said the event began as a little tea party in the Shelby Township Public Library with a few tables of children and a storyteller.

“It became so popular every year that we had two different seatings and then moved it to the Senior Center cafeteria,” Larco said. “Now we feature 10 tables that seat 10 children and adults (at each seating.)”

Over the years, she said, the tea parties included an Alice in Wonderland theme and skit, which taught the children manners, a magician with a real rabbit and a princess theme.

“This year we are celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday,” Larco said. “Kids are invited to come dressed up. Sometimes they wear princess costumes; sometimes they come in tutus.”

Co-chair Carole Chotkowski said community groups sponsor each of the tables, so they each turn out differently with unique centerpieces.

“Each table has china teacups. The kids drink pink lemonade and adults get hot tea served in china teapots,” Chotkowski said. “We used to do petits fours, but I noticed the kids didn’t eat them, so now we do bagel bites and little sandwiches, as well as strawberries, carrots and grapes.”

For dessert, she said plates of cookies are served, and children receive goodie bags when they leave. She added that children could also take a picture with the Dr. Seuss performers from All the World’s a Stage at the end of the event.

“It’s a fun thing for the kids of Shelby, and it’s always been a successful event at the library,” Larco said. “It’s not a fundraiser; the Friends of the Library don’t make money off of this. It’s a fun-raiser.”

Tickets are $3 for everyone and may be purchased at the library. The event is located in the building that houses the library and Senior Center, located at 51680 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road, and the party is in the Senior Center cafeteria. For more information, call the library at (586) 739-7414.

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