EAST MILLINOCKET - St. Peter's Harvest Tea and Sale, the second largest money maker at St. Peter's, will be held this year on Nov. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 58 Cedar St., East Millinocket. All proceeds, after expenses, will be given to the church to help ease that church's unmet financial obligations.
The tea and sale, a popular Katahdin area event for more than 30 years, routinely draws people from wide divergent areas, from Houlton to Mattawamkeag and beyond.
A big attraction this year is the annual raffle with the top prize being a 40" Sony LCD TV. Second prize is a hand-made, full size "Christmas Sampler" quilt donated by the family in memory of the late Kay Nisbett. Nisbett was among the trio of women who planned and launched the first Harvest Tea and Sale more than three decades ago. Another lucky winner will receive as third prize a $100 gift certificate from Preble Oil. The final prize is $50 in cash. Raffle tickets already have been mailed out.
Topping off the opportunities to win something to bring home will be the 50/50 raffle and the awarding of the door prize. Persons who purchase a ticket to the tea and sale will be eligible to win the door prize.
The tea and sale, coming in the calendar year when it does, offers many pre-Christmas shopping opportunities. The craft tables will feature such items as knit goods, tree ornaments. wreaths, aprons, towels and mittens, all priced reasonably. The popular food tables will brim over with fudge, baked good, pies, cookies, bread and whoopie pies.
The hot turkey luncheon (served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), put on by the Daughters of Isabella and served by many men of the parish, is priced at $7. This year Fr. Joel Cyr and Deacon Dan Watson will share "pouring" duties as they serve coffee at the luncheon. In past years more than 300 people have taken advantage of the luncheon. Take-out lunches will be available this year.
Hall decorations, including hay bales, corn stocks and fall flowers, will help to carry out the event's harvest theme.
Chairing the 2011 Harvest Tea and Sale are Fern Rioux, Jean Daigle and Stephanie Fraser. The have already chaired three meetings in preparation for the event. For more information call 746-3333.