The 46th annual Silver Tea, a longtime Eureka Springs holiday tradition, will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the 1886 Crescent Hotel.
Hosted by the women of St. James' Episcopal Church, this year's event will benefit the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. The public is cordially invited to share in the fun. Admission is by donation.
Chaired by Suzanne Tourtelot, assisted by Lucilla Garrett, the tea transforms the Crystal Dining Room into a Christmas delight. Amid sparkling silver and festive table decorations, guests will enjoy a variety of delicious cookies, tea sandwiches, and beverages. Eureka Springs musician John Wylie will provide seasonal music. Guests will be greeted by a hostess in Victorian dress.
The Eureka Springs School of the Arts, the brainchild of local artists Eleanor Lux, Doug Stowe and Mary Springer, has grown from a school without walls to a 16-acre campus near Inspiration Point offering classes each summer to over 200 students of all ages. In addition to local instructors, a number of recognized artists from around the country and representing a broad spectrum of media have found a teaching home at ESSA. One week of the summer session is Youth Arts Week. For more information, visit www.essa-art.org.
For nearly half a century, the women of St. James' Episcopal Church have hosted the tea as an outreach to benefit community and county non-profit organizations. Through the generous donations of Silver Tea guests, the following worthy organizations have recently been assisted in their missions: People Helping People, the Eureka Springs Food Bank, the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the Good Shepherd Animal Shelter, Eureka Christian Health Outreach, St. John's HospiceCare, and the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library.
The women of St. James' gratefully acknowledge Elise Roenigk and the Crescent Hotel staff for their assistance in making the Silver Tea a red-letter day for the community.