Golden Anniversary Tea
On Sunday, July 22, State Rep. Katharine Watson hosted a Golden Anniversary Tea at Byers Choice in Chalfont to honor 45 couples in the 144th District who have celebrated 50 years of marriage and beyond. Couples from Warrington, Chalfont, Dublin, Hilltown, Telford, Silverdale and Perkasie were presented with citations from the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives signed by Rep. Watson.

The celebration began on the Bucks County-styled covered bridge overlooking a water-featured garden where, in red carpet fashion, each couple had their photo taken upon arrival. High school students from CB Cares Volunteer Teens escorted each couple to the Walk of Fame, where their marriage photos were hung along the corridor leading to the reception room.

Maryann Gibbons, one of the honorees at the event, commented, “The wedding photos were a really nice touch. The women noted that most of the wedding dresses were of similar style showing what was the wedding fashion back in the 50s and 60s.”

Each couple received a red, white and blue “swag bag” filled with information on state-related programs for seniors, along with gifts from local businesses including Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Thompson Organization, Fred Beans Automotive Group, Doylestown Health, Ann’s Choice, NewSeasons at New Britain, The Bucks County Herald, Quakertown National Bank, Monument Bank, The Michener Art Museum and the Mercer Museum. Acoustic musical entertained provided by a local CB South student filled the air as couples mingled in the reception area and entered to win door prizes including: a golf umbrella from Monument Bank, A Mercer Tile and Bucks County Book from the Mercer Museum, a pair of Byers Choice bride and groom carolers, an overnight package at The Black Bass Inn, and wedding cakes from The Warrington Pastry Shop.

For the main event, guests were welcomed into the flower-filled café provided by Gordon Florist and Dublin Agway. The the tables were set for a proper English Tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones, Devonshire cream, lemon curd, chocolate dipped edible fruit arrangements and a beautifully arranged dessert bar donated by Noble Sweets. The student servers buzzed about the room filling cups with tea, coffee, lemonade and iced water.

“Everything was done so beautifully and presented so graciously. Rep. Watson’s attention to all the smallest details showed she really cared,” said Nick and Adele Weremeychik.

During the event, attendees received a special treat when Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick made an appearance and surprised the guests with a remarkable presentation. Each couple received a U.S. flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., along with a personalized citation signed by Congressman Fitzpatrick.

When the festivities came to an end, each couple received a picture frame with their photo taken at the beginning of the event. The day was filled with joyous nostalgia of years gone by, and many couples reunited sharing memories of their children’s school years.

This special celebration was made possible by donations of sweets and treats from locally owned businesses. A special thanks to Shoprite of Warminster, Edible Arrangements in Warrington, Simply Fresh by McCaffrey's, The Happy Mixer, The Talking Tea Cup, Tabora Farms, New Britain New Seasons and Eagle’s Peak Water.

“What a beautiful way to celebrate 50 or more years of marriage. Rep. Watson made it such a special day for all the couples, with lots of surprises and keepsakes to remember the event,” remarked William and Maryann Gibbons.

Click here to see a list – compiled by the couples in attendance – of the best pieces of advice on staying happily married.