‘Living Legacy’ Established at Daffodil Tea

Bicentennial Daffodil Committee – (from left to right) Joan Cohen, Malini Parekh, Georgia Solotoff and Arlene Johnson

LIVINGSTON, NJ – It was a packed house on Sat. April 6, at the Livingston Library for the Daffodil Tea Party.  Michael Pepper and Livingston’s Little Learners preschool hosted an authentic Victorian tea party to celebrate the 30,000 daffodils currently blooming around town.

The daffodil bulbs were planted at the Memorial Oval, the Library, schools, businesses and residences last October in honor of the Livingston Bicentennial.  Michael Pepper, currently a Livingston high school student, thought to involve his former preschool, Livingston’s Little Learners, in the community planting event.  Pepper and the kids successfully planted 1,000 daffodil bulbs around their preschool last fall and are now celebrating the bloom.

Guests enjoyed several presentations including a proper ‘tea time’ demonstration, the anatomy of a daffodil and a skit by William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy about his poem ‘Daffodils.’

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The menu included an authentic choice of scones with clotted cream and jam, egg and almond or cucumber and watercress spread finger sandwiches.  Tea was served in intricately designed tea pots with a side of sugar and cream.

Bicentennial Co-chair, Arlene Johnson expressed her excitement for the success of the community wide spread beautification project and challenged citizens to keep planting daffodils in the coming years.  “The daffodils will be remembered now as a living legacy of the Livingston Bicentennial.  Not only will we be remembered as ‘tree city’ or ‘the home of governors’ but as the place to see thousands of daffodils.”


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