St. Alban’s will be serving up its annual Los Banos tea

mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 2, 2013 

— – St. Alban’s Anglican Church will be serving guests like royalty during their annual Holiday Tea from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Nov. 16.

The fundraising event is organized like an actual British tea and will have a variety of homemade scones, sausage rolls, savory sandwiches, tarts and other goodies, said Susan Benson, the bishop’s warden for the church.

“It’s not just a cup of tea and a cookie,” she said. “It’s a really filling meal.”

Different at this year’s tea are a few new recipes parishioners are trying out.

“We were inspired to try something new,” she said.

Benson has homemade pumpkin butter on this year’s menu.

“It’s absolutely scrumptious,” she said.

This is the 11th year the church is holding the event and organizers said they are looking forward to it.

“Every year we get the question as to when’s the next (tea) and we keep doing it every year,” she said. “People really enjoy having something like (this) in their backyard.”

Benson said the turnout is generally good and the money raised goes toward a good cause.

“Depending on the year, we raise between $3,000 to $4,000 thousand dollars,” she said.

Some of the money will help with church operations but a large portion of it goes back into the community, specifically to San Luis High school, she said.

“They had never had a graduation dinner and their graduating class does so much community service as a requirement,” she said. “So we have the dinner for them.”

Money raised also goes toward scholarships, mission trips, kids camps, after-school programs or even to just help a family in need.

Benson said the event is held at the church hall and generally seats around 100 to 150 guests. “It’s a come and go type seating,” she said.

Different types of gift baskets are made available for sale. Benson said in the past they had a variety to choose from and are made so that they can be given away as gifts.

They also have hand-crafted jewelry and homemade arts-and-crafts for sale.

“We try to offer something that is not offered at every event,” she said. “Whatever people have seen or are inspired by that year.”

Although many participants in the past have dressed in British-style attire, with large hats and gloves, Benson encourages people to come dressed comfortably.

“If they want to come in their hats and gloves they can, or just come and enjoy a good fellowship with family and friends,” she said.

The church is at 401 W. L St. A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, call (209)509-9684.

Reporter Marina Gaytan can be reached at (209) 826-3831 ext. 6562 or

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