Hooten Tea Party

The Whiteside Presbyterian Church in Whiteside, hosted an afternoon tea party in honor of longtime church member and pianist, Carolyn Hooton. Hooton has played in the church for over 50 years. 

In attendance at the tea party were females from all over Lincoln County. They shared they know Hooton as mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, sister-in-law, lifelong friend, vocalist and pianist, church goer, community supporter and confidant. 

Stephanie Ezerski, Hooton’s oldest granddaughter, reminisced about important milestones in her life in which her grandmother played a significant, positive role. Ezerski stated no matter the outcome Hooton has always supported those she loves and cares for. Anyone who knows Hooton can agree wholeheartedly. 

Served at tea time were scrumptious pastries and desserts along with delicious sandwiches and crackers. Several tea options were provided with the proper cups, saucers, spoons and such. Tea time, noted in the 17th and 18th centuries, was a time to gather in small, private areas. This was a fun, social time for groups but was also exclusive to those who shared common interests.

Longtime friend to Hooton, and fellow church member, Julie Phillips guided the group before beginning. Phillips learned in her research that while you sip tea, your pinky finger is to remain folded along with your other fingers. In other words, a sure sign a person does not know tea etiquette, is a pointed pinky finger. 

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