The Sew and So Women’s Tea


By Kim Riha

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

There’s something special about women getting together for an afternoon tea. It’s both feminine and calming.  And it was a special Tuesday afternoon in April at Sima Kashani’s beautiful home, high on a hill with a sweeping view of Hidden Meadows. Some of the ladies were attempting to pick out their homes below, while sipping tea and eating crumpets and scones, tea sandwiches, and quiche. There was laughter and conversation and lots of beautiful hats of various sizes and colors. Some even went a step further and wore gloves! Pearls were also popular.

Sima Kashani serving tea.

Sima has a beautiful, silver tea set that sits on a warmer and she looked very elegant sitting in the chair pouring tea for the ladies. Linda Shreve and Jelena Soric co-hosted.

For those of you who may be wondering if there was sewing involved, there was not. The Sew and So is actually the very first social group formed in Hidden Meadows back in the 1970’s.   Originally, I was told, it was a sewing group (mending only) and friendship, but over the years the sewing has gone away! These days it is about friendship, fun, and food!   Pepe Laureman was the original chairperson and Mary Friel took over after Pepe passed away in 2008.  Pepe was chosen as the Hidden Meadows Angel in 2005 for her work in the community.

Thank you Sima for opening your home.   It was a grand afternoon!