Patricia Craig Johnson --- Searching for My Ancestors --- Sharing My Life Stories

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Lexington Alarm Tea -- April 17, 2011

This was a beautiful April day in Colorado. It was typical of springtime in the Rockies, for sure. We had blue skies with occasional clouds drifting into the picture. 37 people gathered in Windsor, Colorado for the 3rd Annual Lexington Alarm Tea. This is the signature event for Friday’s Council Tree Chapter, NSDAR and it has become one of our favorite endeavors.

The refreshment table was gorgeous with red rose bouquets and a pair of tall candelabra with lighted candles. The food was beautiful, and as always delicious. We have the best cooks in the World!!

We gathered to honor the patriots that stepped up on April 19, 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts. There were 13 guests, and we love guests. Our special guest was Colorado State Regent,and her husband. It was a pleasant surprise when she arrived. Also joining us was Domi J, great great granddaughter of Chief Friday. She is well acquainted with our chapter that is named after her ancestor. We welcome all of our guests and hope they will visit us again.

After the welcome by Regent, Carolyn we had a wonderful and fitting prayer by Chaplain Jo T and then proudly did the patriotic exercises. Our good friend Carol set up a corner of the fellowship hall to take the “official group photo”. This was a fun exercise as she tried to get 37 people to all look the same direction, all smile and all have their eyes open at the same time. It could almost be part of the program. Needless to say, she was quite successful and we look forward to a beautiful picture.

Lyn gave a great program about the Minute Men of April 19, 1775 and their adversaries, the Red Coats. The description of the rag tag militia shows that we were the underdog from the very beginning – but we won and that is the most important thing. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be descended from one of the Lexington Alarm patriots. There are four of these patriots represented in our chapter, Ebenezer Sanford, Elias Newton, John Pierson and Nicholas Bishop.

Our tradition is that each member brings two tea cups to the Tea. Then they are judged and the winners this year were: most patriotic tea cup, Sally W; smallest tea cup, Linda S; prettiest tea cup, Georgia J. In the hat contest the winners were: most patriotic hat, Ethel M and the prettiest hat, Ashley S (and it was really gorgeous). The lucky winner of the large quilt was Phyllis C. The winner of the smaller quilt was Ashley. The quilts were donated by chapter member Christine B and her friend Juliana.

The rest of the afternoon was spent socializing and visiting. Making new friends and renewing old friendships. Thank you to the Lexington Alarm Tea Committee. They are Michele H (Chairman) and members Iva Z and Ashley S. Ashley and Iva made the cute tea bag favors. Thank you to the chapter members that came early and set up and stayed and cleaned up --- and brought the delicious food.

I have a feeling that all went home feeling good about the day and good about our patriot ancestors and good about our history. I know I did.

For the members that missed the Lexington Alarm Tea, I hope you will be able to join us next year. It is a fun day.


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