Take time out to enjoy high tea in lovely surroundings at R. J. Haney Village on Sunday.
“At the village, we take pride in keeping this social affair as regal as we can,” says manager Susan Mackie of the 6th Annual High Tea that takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 24 with entertainment, tea and treats. “This timeless tradition of afternoon tea is an occasion to celebrate politeness, good manners and community.”
Invitations have been extended and you never know what famous people might attend, Mackie points out, noting it is wise for one to practise their high tea etiquette beforehand.
“A few tips that have been passed on are: do not use your tea to wash down food, sip, don’t slurp your tea, and swallow before eating,” she says.
High Tea will see the return of award-winning comedienne/actor Christine Pilgrim. Pilgrim is best known in theatre for her role in Lock Up Your Daughters, with a command performance to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
This will be Pilgrim’s third appearance at High Tea and one never knows what role she will be playing when she arrives.
In the past, Pilgrim has played the role of Alexandra of Denmark, a prominent member of the Royal Family, and from the Lion and Albert, Mrs. Ramsbottom, in Haney’s “Guess Who” game.
Pilgrim has entertained guests to High Tea with her hilarious and interactive performances of the Seven Minute Hamlet and the Lion and Albert.
Ticket holders will once again be challenged to “Guess Who” as Pilgrim mingles among the tables, dropping hints as to the character she is impersonating.
Salmon Arm Museum curator, Deborah Chapman has rummaged through the archive vault and dusted off “Dressing Miss Halpenny” for the occasion of High Tea.
“You will be entertained by this delightful and funny presentation showing the garb women of the Edwardian era wore and how they put their knickers on one leg at a time,” says Mackie.
Local string group Ceilidh will perform classical music and folk songs appropriate to High Tea. Ceilidh band members include Tamar Skinner, Cherish and Madelyn Stoney, Jasmin Schwietzer and Emily Wark, instructed by Carmine Stoney.
Tickets for High Tea are $25 at 250-832-5243, at the village at 751 Hwy. 97 B, or at Askew’s Foods.