Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tis the Season for High Tea

Dressing up is part of the fun of a high tea.
The first time I even heard of "High Tea" was in a novel, the description of which satisfied my curiosity. The first time I ever saw one in action was at the Brown Palace in Denver where I attended the  Colorado Press Asociation Conference for several years. I watched from a third floor balcony as a musician seranaded the  groups gathered around beautifully decorated and set tables. Many of the tables were surrounded by women wearing chic outfits while a few others hosted travelors in more casual wear.
High Tea at the Brown Palace takes place every afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m. It is a chance for mothers and daughters to share this ceremony as they experience the sublities of such an occasion.
Such a tea sort of matches the original beginnings of this ceremony. Legend has it that some rather important lady felt weak after a morning of activity and would have her servant bring her crumpets and tea. Taking her time to relax and renew, she found that this activity renewed her energy. The idea spread far and wide. Whether or not it is tea and crumpets, most of us know that a break in the daily routine does energize a person.
Then, again, taking time for something like a tea, enables one to share time with a friend with relaxing conversation and food.
When invited to attend the High Tea held at the Enterprise Hall on 19 Road, Fruita, I was skeptical.
After attending, I left with renewed interest after meeting individuals I had not seen for awhile, as well as having some interesting conversations and making more connections about art.
If you have the opportunity to take part in this activity, don't pass it up.
A white elephant
gift exchange added
 to the fun.

Sherry Tice worked her wonders
 on the tea, crumpets and
all that go with a High Tea.

Merry Christmas to all is
the reason for smiles 'a mile.

Waiting to begin the ritual leaves much time to visit.

Special creme with strawberry
preserves is a treat

The youngsters were able to
take in the flavor tf the occasion as well

"Now, is everything set for this special tea?" was the question
of the afternoon.

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