Holiday Happenings – Questers Catalina Timewalkers

Questers Catalina Timewalkers Christmas Tea

Mary (Twink) Gates and Michelle Wiklund

As the holiday season approaches, we begin to get excited for the most magical time of the year. And so it was when 12 members of the Catalina Timewalkers met on Dec. 8 for Christmas Tea at the home of Monique Salviejo in SaddleBrooke. Guests were treated to sugar and spice and everything nice in a most beautiful and elegant holiday setting. This special event was co-hosted by Monique and Mary “Twink” Gates Zimdar.

Upon entrance to Monique’s home, guests were greeted by sparkling lights on trees, sprays of lighted evergreen gracing the fireplace and stairway banisters, a multitude of seasonal vignettes throughout several rooms, and tables set with candlelight among the prettiest Christmas China and flatware.

Following a short business meeting, Monique provided a history of the origin of the Christmas tree dating back to the 16th century; the history of ornaments, including the introduction of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments in 1943; and the adaptation of the poinsettia plant as a holiday flower to symbolize goodwill and community spirit. After the informative presentation, guests enjoyed a brunch consisting of tasty casseroles, breads, desserts, and, of course, chocolates and fudge!

If you are interested in joining the Catalina Timewalkers chapter of Questers, please stop by and visit our table at the SaddleBrooke Recreation and Activities Fair on Jan. 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the MountainView clubhouse.

Questers is a nonprofit, international organization.

The mission of Questers: To keep History alive through Restoration, Preservation, and Education. The Purpose of the Questers shall be to educate its members and the public with respect to places, objects, or events of historical significance; and to support education in the fields of historic preservation and restoration. “We make history.”

Questers Catalina Timewalkers now has 18 members.

For membership information, contact Kipi Martin at [email protected].