Holiday tea at Birdcraft a success


Milton the barn owl was among those in attendance at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s recent holiday tea. Milton, one the Audubon’s resident educational animals, is often present at is educational programs and special events. Shown, from left, are tea committee member Judy Wilkinson, tea co-chair Bonnie Hirschfeld and Connecticut Audubon Society staff naturalist Caitlin Holmberg.

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s holiday tea at Birdcraft received an exceptional show of support again this year. A few changes were introduced for 2012, including the new holiday candy exchange with a choice selection of handmade candies made from treasured recipes.

“The annual holiday tea is always a wonderful way for us to thank our volunteers and members for all they do throughout the year in support of the Audubon’s educational programs in the Fairfield area,” said Bonnie Hirschfeld, event co-chair and board member. “A candy exchange was a fun addition to the tea. Festive boxes in hand, people made their choices from an array of home made candies and the old adage, ‘Happy as a kid in a candy store,’ definitely came to mind.”

Along with conversation and sipping tea in Birdcraft surroundings, the guests had an opportunity to meet Milton the barn owl, one of the CAS resident educational animals. The menu included a choice of teas donated by Bigelow Tea and a variety of cookies and tea sandwiches donated by a long list of individuals.

Connecticut Audubon Society Director of Fairfield Operations, Nelson North said he is grateful for the overwhelming community support as the event continues to grow each year.

“The exceptional show of support for our recent holiday tea exemplifies the philanthropic nature of our community,” he said. “From the many citizens who enthusiastically attended the event, to the dedicated committee members whose efforts made the Tea a reality, the support was fervent. We are especially grateful to our corporate sponsor Bigelow Tea whose many philanthropic endeavors have made a tremendous positive impact on the Connecticut Audubon Society as well as our community.”

According to North, the best compliments that he and the Holiday Tea Committee received are the many guests who return year after year, the number of tea cups that return to the teapot for a refill, and the many requests for second helpings of the food.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Connecticut Audubon Society’s educational programs in the Fairfield Region.


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