Gracious High Tea at Mrs. Pell's Oceanfront Home


Jana and Don Jagoe

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The lawn of Mrs. Claiborne Pell’s beautiful oceanfront home was the setting for an exclusive high tea, “Tea for Tails”, to benefit The Potter League, last weekend.

On a beautiful summer afternoon, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse chatted with State Senator Teresa Paiva Weed, and Clay Pell, Mrs. Pell’s grandson. Mrs. Helen Winslow chatted in the tent with Nuala Pell, Noreen Stonor Drexel sat with Donald Christ, and Jana and Don Jagoe enlivened their table.

Christie Smith, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Teresa Paiva Weed, Kathy Sehric, and Jim Moore

Champagne was served, along with scones with jam and whipped cream, and tea sandwiches cut in the shape of dog bones. A guitarist provided musical accompaniment.

Rather than a silent auction, a raffle was held for five exquisite and unusual
pieces:  Berebi Foo Dog cloissone boxes, an Ezulwini Photo Safari, a  Meg Little designer rug, and an  NCA & BTW Pet Palace.  Each ticket was $100.

Artist Christina Pell Randall walked the grounds with her little one, and Kathy Irving arrived late, just home from Washington state.  Jane Moore, Jim Moore, Emlen Drayton, and other volunteers waited tables, as Christie Smith and Pat Heller from the Potter League greeted guests.


Pat Heller with artist Edgar Berebbi

Clay Pell, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Kara Sundlun

Pat Fernandez, Cheryl Mrozowski

Brooke and Alison Vareika

Hostess Nuala Pell, Mrs. Helen Winslow

Noreen Drexel with Judy McLennan

Rene Cohen and Barbara Peters

Edgar Berebbi, Jim Leach

Patricia Leyden, Arle

Donald Christ and Noreen Drexel

Lyn Comfort with Mona and Allan Beitchman

Mme. Suzanne Merciol, Julie McAlpine

Deedee Wilsey with her mother, Ruth Buchanan

Jack and Linda Purdy

Sid and Jean Gorham

Ed and WEndy Harvey with Clay Pell

The airy oceanfront tent

Taking tea

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