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Sweets for the sweet at early Valentine party

SHARON — The Sharon Historical Society and the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon jointly sponsored a Valentine’s Day Tea for first- to fifth-graders. The tea was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Historical Society. About a dozen youngsters, and some parents and grandparents, attended the tea, which was designed as an educational as well as fun program for the young people. Historical Society Executive Director Liz Shapiro began by reading the story of St. Valentine, and told how Valentine’s Day came to be. She and the children talked about St. Valentine and Cupid and his bow and arrow.Emily Bartram, the new children’s librarian at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, explained the numerous tools and papers that were available for making Valentine’s cards and how they could be used. The young guests were told they could make as many cards as they desired.All the youngsters eagerly got into the cardmaking part of the program. Some of the youngest ones accepted help from parents or grandparents.Selectman Meg Szalewicz attended, with three of her grandchildren, who were visiting Sharon from their home in Hancock, Mass.There was also a display of beautiful antique and oddity Valentine cards from the Historical Society’s collection. After the cardmaking portion of the program all the guests, young and older, were invited to gather for Valentine cupcakes and tea.

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