As an active community organization, Mora Arts and Cultural Compound wants to make sure it sends a message to our youth of consistency, professionalism, and care; therefore, we decided to REDO Tea in Wonderland. The first was scheduled for a weekend in May with high winds and even some snow! Young ladies in fancy dresses bundled up in winter coats and the wind made it hard to participate in our outdoor games. Seeing our staff dressed up, ready and excited for this event motivated our organization to do Tea in Wonderland again.
Our volunteers and staff were troopers and thanks to them every part of the event looked magical.
Eight different stations were there for everyone to enjoy. First, was a stand-in photo board with characters from Alice in Wonderland, where we took fun pictures with our guests. Next, the game station had a bean bag toss, badminton, checkers and prizes for our winners. Third, a “Community Mural” encouraged EVERYONE to add color: we are still working on it but surely we will get it done. Our fourth station was very popular: we had a tent decorated as the “Mad Hatter Tea Party” scene from Alice in Wonderland, where everyone came and drank some delicious tea with our very own White Rabbit.
A craft station gave guests the opportunity to make their own “Sand Art.” Everyone was highly creative and we heard that some might find this as their new hobby. Right next to our “Sand Art” station, we had our very own homemade mint tea and lemonade, because well, it was a very hot day! We had to make sure everyone kept hydrated while enjoying fresh watermelon with their friends. One of our volunteers, Vicky Brown, made fascinators with our guests. Kids enjoyed putting different fabrics, flowers and additional materials together to create beautiful fascinators and they had a blast! And, last but not least, we had a scavenger hunt all around “The Boutique,” with both activities and clues for our guests to find. After each participant checked off their scavenger hunt list, they enjoyed a prize of delicious cupcakes.
Thank you so much, community members who enjoyed some fun with us while creating more outings for our youth. This event was funded from private donations and in part with The Boutique. We even had volunteers come up from Albuquerque to help. Your donations are always greatly appreciated and we will make sure you know how your money is spent. Ask members of our board about our projects, how you can be involved and sign up for our monthly newsletter. There, you can find events like “Tea in Wonderland”, and many more community related events and opportunities.
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