‘Art in the Park’ tea to benefit Hope Center

On Saturday, May 12, the fellowship hall at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be transformed into “Art in the Park” for a very special afternoon tea.

The event is a fundraiser for the church’s planned Hope Center, a community-center facility that will offer gathering spaces for area groups and programs.

The tea will feature four courses: soup, scones, sandwiches and dessert, according to committee chairperson Fran Milio. Harpist Joyce Slavens will perform during the tea, which will be from 1 to 3 p.m.

Thanks to plants donated by Lord’s Landscaping and art contributed by committee members, “It will not look like the normal church social hall” on Saturday afternoon, Milio said.

This will be the second year for the event, which Milio said sold out last year and had a waiting list of people who hoped to be able to attend. This year, as of Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, there were still “a few tickets left,” Milio said, citing the number school graduations competing for attention this year.

Last year’s event, Milio said, was the result of the fundraising committee looking for an “upscale event” to add to the Cookie Walk at Christmas and the Wings & Things Super Bowl event to raise funds for the Hope Center.

“It was a tremendous success,” she said of the inaugural tea. She added that quite a crew of volunteers is needed to pull off the event. “We have bakers, we have decorators, we have people making centerpieces, we have a set-up crew,” she said.

Mariner’s Bethel hopes to break ground on the community center by late summer or early fall, Milio said.

Tickets for the Art in the Park event cost $35 per person and can be reserved by calling the church at (302) 539-9510.

By Kerin Magill
Staff Reporter