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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILBaskets and gift cards line the walls of the social hall at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, for the annual basket raffle April 27. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILBaskets and gift cards line the walls of the social hall at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, for the annual basket raffle April 27.
Barbara Fister pulls the freshly baked chocolate chip scones from the oven to get ready for the Victorian High Tea social, held April 28 at the church. Barbara Fister pulls the freshly baked chocolate chip scones from the oven to get ready for the Victorian High Tea social, held April 28 at the church.

Basket raffle helps community

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Paul Cmil Special to The Press in Local News

Ever wonder where all the Easter baskets wind up? One spot might be the basket raffle at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua. Every year before the celebrated Victorian High Tea social, the church raises money for its active community outreach programs.

At this raffle, held April 27, there were 110 baskets, along with gift cards and unique items. The grand prizes were a rocking chair and a vacuum cleaner.

This was the 13th celebration of the Victorian High Tea social. It is held the last Saturday in April — this year was April 28. A junior tea party was held May 6.

The tea is a social event featuring tea accompanied by delicate pastries.

One highlight on the plate of pastries is an assortment of scones. Barbara Fister is the legendary scone maker. She starts her task a day before the tea. The scones are on a par with what you expect in Ireland and London, not what you see at the supermarket.

Donations are used for special projects. The group setting the direction for community giving is the Morning Glories women’s group. Members assist a variety of diverse local organizations ranging from Cops ‘N Kids to Socks for Seniors and the Pajama Program. They contribute to the local food bank and Meals on Wheels, among the other community services.

Some of this year’s funds will go toward refurbishing the church’s organ.