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Annual doll tea party brings the fun

Eileen Compani enjoys the 11th annual My Favorite Doll Tea Party at the Century Club in Amsterdam on Saturday with graddaughter Lydia Gosson, center, and Madelyn Gosson, all of Fultonville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

AMSTERDAM — Despite impending snow, more than 60 grandparents and parents, children and dolls, came out to enjoy the 11th annual My Favorite Doll Tea Party on Saturday at the Century Club.

They had their fill of an array of finger sandwiches, miniature cupcakes, tea and juices, using real decorative china teapots and cups. They also could color teapot images on paper and paste together paper houses.

Three girls–Hailey Nolett, Madeline Vosburgh and Abigail Vosburgh, all of Johnstown, played their own game, the medieval chant “Ring Around the Rosie,” where they all fell down.

Skyler Hannahs held her doll close to her while her mother, Samantha Deming, both of Johnstown, held her close. Deming said Skyler liked the event because she “likes babies.”

Rowan Simpson of Amsterdam said she wants to be a photographer and used her small, but real camera at the event.

Marley Wayman of Amsterdam, one of the Century Club juniorettes, left, is ready to serve Vivian Lopez and her daughter Amelia List, both of Amsterdam, at the 11th annual My Favorite Doll Tea Party at the club in Amsterdam on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Her mother, Melissa, said, “She loves coming here, she loves bringing her dolls, and we love supporting the community.”

The tea party was started 11 years ago because “we felt it would be a good idea for little girls to be little girls and bring their dolls to teas, to bring a little formality into life instead of them being little tomboys,” said Kim Rogers, president of the Century Club, which is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Eileen Compani of Fultonville brought her daughters Lydia and Madelyn Gosson, also of Fultonville.

Madelyn brought a frog and an ugly doll from the film “UglyDolls.” Not only does she like the tea party, she said “they [the dolls] like it.”

The partygoers were served by the Century Club’s juniorettes. “Basically we just throw parties just to have fun, I guess,” said juniorette Reba Chesebro of Charleston, a Fonda-Fultonville sixth-grader.

From left, Hailey Nolett, Abigail Vosburgh and Madeline Vosburgh, all of Johnstown, chant "Ring Around the Rosie" before they all fall down at the 11th annual My Favorite Doll Tea Party at the Century Club in Amsterdam on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“We get food together, serve everybody, and it gives them something to do.”

The juniorettes, ages 12 to 18, are “just our young legs,” Rogers said, adding that being a juniorette counts as community services at their schools.

Emerie Guiffre of Halfmoon came with her paternal grandmother, Gail Conklin of Slingerlands, and maternal grandmother, Amy Rossi of Hagaman, who are friends.

Rossi said they had heard “wonderful things about this event.”

“Emerie is four-years-old and loves her dolls.”

Vivian Lopez brought her daughter, Amelia List, both of Amsterdam, and was served by Marley Wayman, also of the city.

“We think [the party’s] the cutest thing,” Lopez said. “It’s nice to do something in the area with our children.”

Lisa Vosburgh of Johnstown, teaches in Fonda-Fultonville School District, and brought her twin daughters, Madeline and Abigail to the party because “one of my coworkers was here last year and thought it was great,” she said.

The Century Club tries to hold an event every month. “We have to do fundraising to keep the building open to the community,” said Rogers.

“We’re the only club with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in the state that has a clubhouse and juniorettes,” she said. On March 21, for example, the club plans a craft fair and barbecue.

Seniors in the Amsterdam, Fonda-Fultonville and Broadalbin-Perth school districts can compete for two annual $1,000 Century Club awards–one of which is for the first-generation student going to college, she said.

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