There were straw hats with bows, hats blooming with flowers, and even a hat made of balloons. Fashion meets fundraising at the annual The Mad Hatter Tea Party. It's one of two annual fundraisers for Bethel Recovery Center, which provides a safe, structured place for woman recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, and their children. Located in Bridgeport, the center has space for 15 women and children to live in. They usually stay from six months to two years, getting counseling, courses in life and parenting skills, and referrals for housing and help from other agencies, and assistance in filling out paperwork. It provides services for another 15 women each year.
The eighth annual mad hatter tea party was held recently at the home of Caroline and Alastair Crawford, who moved to Fairfield from New York City two years ago after they fell in love with a federal-style antique house once owned by Richard Rogers, of the famous song-writing teams Rogers and Hart and Rogers and Hammerstein.