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Diane’s Your Cuppa Tea

by Ashley Stewart



Remember the tea parties you used to have with your dolls and stuffed bears? Sipping imaginary tea from pink plastic cups, wearing your best dress-up dress and lacy gloves?

Even the men reading this probably remember rolling their eyes while being held against their will at the too-small table in their sister’s room.

On June 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., you’ll have the opportunity to relive that fond memory at the Sixth Annual Author’s Tea at Highlands United Methodist Church. And this time, the men are there by choice.

The women at HUMC host the tea every year to raise funds that go to various projects in the church and community. Previous events have helped fund The Gordon Center and even helped pay for the camels in the Christmas Parade. This year’s tea will help fund the ongoing renovations of their new Faith and Fellowship Center.

Held in the Fellowship Hall at the Methodist Church, the tea brings authors and readers together for a beautiful afternoon of conversation and discussion. This year, the guest of honor is author 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.

The fun part is getting to see all of the magnificent tables. Each table is unique, set by volunteers that vie for the honor of designing a table. The place settings are coordinated to match the magnificent centerpieces that often incorporate themes from the author’s book. Everything from fine china, to crystal ware and pottery are used to make the place settings. Even the food is artistic, featuring tea sandwiches made with a highly sought-after secret recipe.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the Methodist Church office. Tickets sell out fast, but don’t hesitate to join the Waiting List. 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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