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Irish Fare, Local Author Part Of Sister Cities Tea

Irish Fare, Local Author Part Of Sister Cities Tea

By Ellen Harrington

Guest Writer

Scones, soda bread and jalapeno jelly will be part of Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ seventh annual Southwest Tea on Nov. 10.

The fundraiser – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cotton Room of Chandler’s Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 East Germann Road – will include a bagpiping entrance, a baskets raffle and special guest speaker.

Chef Maureen Sullivan will prepare a tea menu, and more than 18 table hosts are “decorating” the lunch tables with their individual themes and imagination, as well as baking the desserts.

The guest speaker will be Chandler’s own Lynne Hartke – a wife, a mother, an author, a singer, a blogger, a volunteer, a hiker, a storyteller and a cancer survivor. She is also wife to Mayor-Elect Kevin Hartke. Lynne will tell a story of visiting Kinnitty Castle in County Offaly, Ireland, and a pursuit of mystical faith.

“I like to think I come from a deep sense of place having lived in the same house for 33 years, and this gives me an understanding of the desert in which we live,” Lynne said. “But while I walked the grounds of Kinnitty Castle, I discovered a sense of place, centuries deep, that I could not fathom.”

With her husband, Kevin, they have pastored a church in Chandler for more than 30 years. Her book, “Under a Desert Sky: Redefining Hope, Beauty and Faith in the Hardest Places,” is a tribute to surviving, embracing normal life and finding that cancer taught her to grab on to life with both hands.

In addition to celebrating with a diverse group of local entertainers, this occasion will showcase the CTSC’s recently successful Student Exchange with four students from Tullamore, Chandler’s Sister City and future projects.

Those include participation in the 2018-19 Sister City International’s Young Artists and Authors Showcase program, a celebration of the 10th year of the twinning of Chandler and Tullamore in February 2019, a proposed Spring 2019 Wine & Design evening, sales of the organization’s “Desert Fare” Cookbook — a collaboration between Chandler and Tullamore high school students – and other upcoming events.

The Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities will also be sharing information on its planned guided trip to Ireland in June.

Reservations for the Southwest Tea are necessary. To purchase tickets, log on to General admission is $20 for adults and $10 for those 11 years and under; walk-ins will be space-available only at $25 per person. Doors open at 10 a.m. for registration, purchasing basket tickets. The organization wants to begin the meal and program promptly at 10:30 a.m.

CTSC was created to join Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland, as Sister Cities through Sister Cities International. Their mission is to “cultivate and maintain a strong reciprocal relationship between Chandler and Tullamore to encourage cultural understanding, community involvement, economic development and educational exchanges.”

CTSC offers a variety of membership gatherings, informational meetings and other benefits throughout the year.

For information on Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, contact Ellen Harrington at 480-600-8509, email to or visit Scones, soda bread and jalapeno jelly will be part of Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ Seventh Annual Southwest Tea on Nov. 10 at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 East Germann Road.

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