Historical society and local designer partner for Christ Church ‘spring tea'

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:48

    WARWICK-Local designer Marina Alario will again create an original room centerpiece for Christ Church's upcoming "Spring Tea" to be held Saturday, May 7, at the parish hall at 50 South St., in Warwick Village. Marina, whose local interior design company, The Red Shutters, specializes in fine interior home design with a particular interest in historical spaces, will fashion a centerpiece featuring tea- related antiques culled from her own collection and graciously loaned from the Warwick Historical Society. Alario's historic home, The Manse, was once owned by the neighboring Dutch Reformed Church between 1840 and 1930. Alario will incorporate some of historic pieces into her centerpiece, including a silver tea service on loan from The Warwick Historical Society donated by Anna Bertolini, an 18th Century tea caddy and Imari plates from Alario's own collection, and cloth available at The Red Shutters. The fifth annual Christ Church Spring Tea is a community celebration of the season, showcasing the talents of many local professionals, including Marina, to a good cause. The tea will feature live musical entertainment at both seatings by local musicians including David Crone; a wide variety of gift items and services for raffle and purchase have been donated by local merchants; and a scrumptious tea menu of savories and sweets has been re-designed this year by Tea Chairperson Colly Leech, owner of The Backyard Grill. Proceeds from this popular event are used to further the church's civic work including ongoing support of local charities such as Warwick Meals On Wheels, Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry and Habitat for Humanity.