ADA - Oklahoma’s Centennial Year also marks the 30th anniversary of an Ada holiday tradition - the Salvation Army Silver Tea. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, in the home of Dr. Jeff and Allison Wipfli. Located in the wooded hills south of the city at 1406 Kerr Research Drive, the house is notable for its commanding view of the valley below.

There is no admission charge, but tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted. Guests are encouraged to attend early in the day for the best choice of gifts, Christmas decorations, and specialty food items donated by local crafters and expert cooks.

Highlights of the festivities will include a lavish tea table filled with refreshments made by auxiliary members, a crafts sale featuring elegant silk floral wreaths and centerpieces and other handcrafts, homemade baked goods and candies for sale, and musical entertainment throughout the day.

Although the Silver Tea idea originated as a Christmas holiday charitable project by the late Marie Delaney over 50 years ago, it was revived in 1977 by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary as their primary source of funds to aid area families in need during the holiday season. As a tribute to Mrs. Delaney, a silver bowl is always used to accept donations from guests as they register at the door.

Many community groups also lend a hand to ensure the Tea’s success. Latta High School’s Family Consumer Science Class and their teacher, Kim Cupps, will be contributing bake sale items, along with Pam Wakefield’s Ada High School Food Services and Hospitality Class, and East Central University’s Home-Ec classes led by Diana Watson. The Ada High Leadership Class and the Ada High Couganns will provide help as needed for guest services, trolley assistance and clean up.

Ada Music Center has graciously donated a piano keyboard for the day to accompany a wide assortment of music presentations by local artists. Included in the program are: the ECU Flute Choir, violinist Suzanne Woolley and Bart Morrison, and Paul Rowe and Ruth Dickinson on the keyboard.

The Ada Trolley will provide free and continuous park-and-ride transport to the tea. Parking is available across the street at the Pre-Paid Legal Services executive parking lot.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will provide food, toys and other necessities to Ada area families in need during the holiday season.