Some traditions launch the Christmas season into full force. Ada's Salvation Army's annual Silver Tea is one of those traditions.

The come-and-go event takes place the first Friday in December each year. Area residents have an opportunity to enjoy delicious food served from a beautifully set tea table. Handmade crafts, including elegant silk floral wreaths and centerpieces, homemade baked goods and candies, are available for sale.

Guests are entertained with a variety of musical numbers performed by local artists as they enjoy the events of the day. This year's performers include the East Central University Flute Choir, violinist Suzanne Woolley and Bart Morrison, Paul Rowe and Ruth Dickinson on keyboard.

The Silver Tea originated more than 50 years ago by Marie Delaney as a Christmas holiday charitable project. As a tribute to Mrs. Delaney, a silver bowl is used to accept donations from guests as they register at the door. In 1977, the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary revived the idea as a source of funds to help area families during the holiday season. Proceeds from the event provides food, toys and other necessities to Ada area families in need.

Ada's Trolley will provide free and continuous park-and-ride transport to the tea this year. Parking is available at Pre-Paid Legal Services executive parking lot. Guests will then be transported to the home of Dr. Jeff and Allison Wipfli, 1406 Kerr Research Drive.

This year's event takes place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday. Make an effort to enjoy the event and help area residents in need at the same time.

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