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Mother's Day event fits some to a tea

Sereni-Tea Room on Funkstown's East Baltimore Street hosted high tea

May 12, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Rajia Sebbahi, left, and her daughter, Layla Alsaleh, have a cup of tea at Sereni-Tea Room in Funkstown on Sunday.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

FUNKSTOWN — Enjoying sips of teas such as ginger-peach and tasty treats like mango-curry chicken salad rounds and blackberry tarts, several Tri-State area mothers enjoyed a Mother’s Day tea Sunday at Sereni-Tea Room in Funkstown.

“Just a special event that I could bring her to ... where we could share a nice meal and ... just get out with our families and enjoy the day,” said Boonsboro resident Joanie Costlow.

Ranota Marcotte said she opened the tearoom in October after her husband saw that the small cottage-type shop on Funkstown’s East Baltimore Street was available for rent.

Marcotte, a retired CSX worker, said she always liked the building and thought it would make a good tearoom.

On Sunday, she and her granddaughter, Erica Feigley, along with Reggie Russ, prepared what Marcotte called a royal, or high, tea.

In addition to their choice of tea, customers were served poached fruit in chocolate cups, quiche, artichoke-white cheddar cheese soup, a spring mix salad, and a three-tier tray of small breads, sandwiches and desserts.

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Costlow attended the tea with her husband, Jim; her father, Doug See; her son, Dimitri, 14 months; and her mother, Jean See.

Jean See, of Greencastle, Pa., said she loved the idea of the high tea.

“I think it reminds you of a time long past and it ... just brings an elegance ... to the meal. I really like it a lot,” See said.

See said the high tea was “fancy, and you don’t treat yourself to that every day.”

See said her blood-orange tea was delicious, while Costlow described her Tibetan tiger tea as “kind of chocolatey and nutty, a very good dessert tea.”

Rajia Sebbahi, 35, of Martinsburg, W.Va., brought her daughter, Layla Alsaleh, 4, to the tea.

Layla has organized teas for her dolls, but hadn’t experienced a formal tea such as Sunday’s, Sebbahi said.

Sebbahi said her son, Laith, 1 1/2 years old, was too active to attend the tea.

“He’ll mess up all this stuff on the table,” Layla said.

Asked what her mother does for her, Layla said, “She takes care of me and she always plays with me. We play catch. We play hide and seek.”

Edith Miller, 78, of Martinsburg, said attending the tea was the idea of her granddaughter-in-law, Jess Jackson of Sharpsburg.

“This time I didn’t have to cook,” Miller said.

Jackson said she saw the sign for the tearoom when driving by and made the reservation.

Included in the group of six women was Jackson’s mother-in-law, Kathy Jackson of Martinsburg; Jackson’s mom, Beth Marquiss of Hagerstown; Jackson’s sister, Sara Martin of Mercersburg, Pa.; and Martin’s mother-in-law, Vicki Martin, of Mercersburg.

“I’m lovin’ it. I’m been looking forward to this. It’s wonderful. Everything so far is delicious,” Marquiss said.

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