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Annual Author’s Tea

by Ashley Stewart

Highlands author Diane McPhail will be honored at Highlands United Methodist Church’s Author’s Tea to celebrate the publication of her “The Abolitionist’s Daughter,” Saturday, June 15.

With so many art galleries on the Plateau, it’s not uncommon for art lovers to get to meet the artists. It’s always a treat to get to talk to the people who have created your favorite piece and even get to see them work.

It’s no different for book lovers. As a writer and a voracious reader, I am always blessed and humbled when I get to meet an author I admire. The women at Highlands United Methodist Church agree. On June 15, join them as they host the Sixth Annual Author’s Tea.

Held in the fellowship hall at the Methodist Church, this one-of-a-kind event has become a permanent fixture on many people’s calendars. This year’s featured writer is Diane McPhail.

Diane’s latest book, “The Abolitionist’s Daughter,” was just released on April 30. Set during the Civil War, it’s a heart-wrenching tale of love and family. Diane is a beautiful writer and a fascinating person. Her eight-week book tour brings her back to Highlands on June 15 to meet her enthusiastic fans at the Author’s Tea. Tea is from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Diane will be available for autographs at 1:00 P.M. and will give a short presentation during tea.

Each table is set by volunteers. Magnificent centerpieces are carefully crafted, often incorporating themes from the author’s book. Everything from fine china, to crystal ware to pottery is used to make the place settings. The place settings are coordinated to match the centerpiece, but each individual table is different. Even the food is artistic, featuring tea sandwiches made with a highly sought-after secret recipe.

The proceeds from the tea go to fund various projects in the church and community. Previous events have helped fund The Gordon Center and even helped pay for the camels in the Highlands Old Mountain Christmas Parade. This year’s tea will help fund the ongoing renovations of their new Faith and Fellowship Hall.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the Methodist Church office. Hardback copies of Diane’s book are available for $26. To purchase your ticket or for more information, call the HUMC office at (828) 526-3376 or contact Gay Kattel at (828) 526-2746.

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