LONGMONT — If it’s the second Wednesday
in May, it’s time for the Annual Sunshine Club
“Tea”, a benefit to raise funds for its chief community work, sending needy school children to
At the dental clinics held this spring at 18
schools, 836 children were checked. There were
197 with urgent needs. Ninety-three have already
been seen by dentists.
Lisa King, Suzie Ball, Karen Kanemoto, Sarah
Golden, Anne Lehman, Patty Prescott and Kathy
Oliver make up the dental clinic committee.
They extend a special thanks to all the dentists
who have been the examiners.
The 2005 fundraiser will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Kathy and Bruce
Hall, 502 Collyer St. There will be a baked-goods
sale, tea and such goodies as candies, including
English toffee, and frozen casserole dishes. All
will be moderately priced.
The Hall family welcomes Sunshine Tea-goers
and hopes they enjoy touring the home.
The Hall home was built in the Queen Anne
style in 1883 by Lorin Casandre Mead, a founding
member of the Chicago Colorado Colony. He and
his wife, Alizabeth Sheldon Mead, homesteaded
northeast of town at Highland Lake. A granddaughter, Mary Mead Jensen, still lives in the
family home in Highland Lake.
The home on the corner of Collyer and Fifth
Avenue has a red brick exterior and is trimmed
with sandstone lintels, a pressed brick course at
the second floor level and quoin
corners on the south bay window. Other notable Victorian
touches are three different
shapes of wood shingles on the
gabled front, the ornate spindle post balcony and front porch,
and cutout barge boards covering the ends of the roof rafters.
Following its sale by the Mead
family in 1903, the property ownership changed hands several
times, most significantly when
Marie Talbott purchased and
used the building jointly as her
residence and as the St. Vrain
Hospital, which later moved to
303 Collyer St.
In 1975, after many years as
an apartment house, Howard
Pillips, a Longmont architect,
purchased the property, then
gutted and completely remodeled the interior. The original
oak and pine woodwork, a
stained glass window beside the
stairway and an elegant fire
place in the front music room
enhance the Victorian floor
After an interim owner, Bruce
and Kathy Hall purchased the
home in 1985, continuing the improvements by surrounding the
large lot with wrought-iron fencing, converting the barn to a
garage, adding a patio and enlarging the main floor with a
spacious library/family room,
added in 1989. They have also
added an outside grill and sun
room. The patio gazebo and the
landscaping, remodeling the
kitchen and dining room as well
as the upstairs bathrooms, all
done in 2003.
Kathy Hall, a member of the
St. Vrain Valley Board of Education, has an extensive collection of Santas, and a Christmas
village is featured in the library/family room.
The Hall’s son Nathan, 20, is a
sophomore at Villanova University, a business major and baseball pitcher. Patrick, 16, is a
sophomore at Skyline High
School who excels in acting, tennis and baseball.
Officers of the Sunshine Club
are: Kay Sandmeier, president;
Jenean Weterstrom, vice president; Janel Brown, recording
secretary; Anne Lehman, corresponding secretary; Sue Haley,
treasurer; Lisa King, treasurer
in training; and Dale Bernard,
historian. The Endowment
Fund Board includes Martha
Williams, Ginny Shaw and Sue
Officers of the Sunshine Club
for 2004-2005 have been Kathy
Oliver, president; Kay Sandmeier, vice president; Janel
Brown, recording secretary;
Doris Haley, corresponding secretary; Sue Haley, treasurer;
Lisa King, treasurer in training,
and Dale Bernard.
The Sunshine Club was founded by five Central School children — Emily Barclay Antels,
Ethel Reeder Dickens, Harriet
Secor Flanders, Harriett Smith
Wimsatt, and Clara Donovan
Witherow — in 1902 for the purpose of “helping poor people.”
Their first of many fundraisers was a sale of hand-tatted
linen handkerchiefs. Every year
since, Sunshine “girls” have
sponsored a major event to
raise funds for their many charitable projects.
In addition to providing emergency dental care for disadvantaged school children, Sunshine
Club projects include scholarships to students in dental studies, and sending sympathy,
cheer and congratulations cards
to area residents.
“So,” Sandmeier said, “load
up your car with friends, come
to the tea, enjoy delicious refreshments and have a good visit with others who attend. Donations at the tea table will be