My Favorite Doll Tea Party held

Mazzone girls from Amsterdam, pose with dolls dressed like them, from left, top row, Lucia and Kateri, and, bottom, Teresa and Ceclia, at my favorite doll tea party Saturday at the Century Club in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

AMSTERDAM — For the ninth year, Concordia Club on Saturday was filled with the chatter and laughs of little girls with their dolls.

City resident Kim Jones and her daughters Adisyn and Skylar enjoyed tea and other drinks and goodies. Jones brought them for a second year because of “the dolls, the girls, the party excitement.

“I liked when they made crafts,’ said Adisyn.

Some 115 were registered for the event. The room was filled neatly with teacups and little ceramic kettles on tables with a variety of colors and designs. Linda King, Barbara Daley, Kim Rogers and Debbie Fiorello were among the women in the kitchen making sandwiches cut up in quarters as well as circular dainties the size of quarters. Mary Panton was in charge of pouring beverages, such as cranberry juice, so that girls such as Reba Chesebro of Fonda could serve the tables.

Tammy Lorensen of Amsterdam said her daughter Sophia “loves doing things with her dolls, anything fancy.”

Cali Fiorillo of Amsterdam looks over doll clothes for sale at my favorite doll tea party Saturday at the Century Club in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Chris DeMarco of Amsterdam brought his daughter Zoey for a second year because “she loves the little sandwiches and treats.”

“We get one-on-one time on the weekend.”

Lilianna Barnett of Burnt Hills and many other girls loved munching on grapes. Her grandmother, Helen Seward of Amsterdam, a member of the Century Club, said family members bring the girls for “socialization and a little bit of quality time.”

Sarah Mycek of Amsterdam came for the second year because “it’s a nice thing to do with my daughter Ruby–arts, crafts, dolls.”

Jessica Mazzone went a step beyond just bringing her four daughters, Lucia, Kateri, Teresa and Cecelia, by dressing the girls and their dolls in matching clothes.

The Century Club has an adjacent room where it sells doll clothes, something Cali Fiorello was looking over because, after all, a doll can never have too many kinds of clothes.

Rogers, president of the club, said the tea is a fundraiser that helps the club in its programming and providing scholarships.

“This gives our little girls a chance to have tea with mom, grandma and other family and friends,” she said.

Boys are also welcome to bring dinosaurs or teddy bears, she said.

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