53rd Silver Tea to 'ECHO' that smile at the Crescent

Thursday, November 21, 2019
The Silver Tea kicks off the Christmas season every year. Kent Turner and Karen Pryor are co-chairs of the 53rd annual Silver Tea, slated for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Crescent Hotel.
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The Christmas social season is fast approaching Eureka Springs, with St. James' Episcopal Church formally announcing its 53rd annual Silver Tea to be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Crescent Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom.

The Silver Tea gala is a traditional kick-off to the Christmas season in Eureka Springs. This year, it benefits the expansion of dental services at Eureka Christian Health Outreach, which helps uninsured, low-income area residents not only with dental extractions but now with providing quality dentures at no cost.

Janet Arnett, ECHO's clinic director, emphasized that there is a pressing need for this service in the community and, while top-of-the-line dentures can cost thousands of dollars, those provided by ECHO Dental come at no cost to the patient and are of superior quality, fit and appearance. Area dentists are volunteering their time and staff to the denture program at the monthly dental clinic, in its modern, two-chair, completely equipped facilities.

All proceeds generated by the Silver Tea will be donated by the church to ECHO Dental to expand its outreach through donations and grants to provide dentures to needy recipients. Since the recent inception of this service, ECHO Dental has provided dentures to five patients and the results are often life changing, restoring healthy smiles and self-confidence to grateful people at no cost.

Currently there are eight individuals on the waiting list because of the current need for donations and future grants. Applications for this denture service may be made in person at the ECHO Clinic at 4004 E. Van Buren in Eureka Springs.

St. James' Church has sponsored this holiday fundraiser since 1966 for worthy local charitable organizations and causes. Last year, the event benefitted A Cup of Love Ministry and saw record-breaking results in attendance and donations.

St. James' Church members Karen Pryor and Kent Turner are co-chairs for this year's Silver Tea event and the Episcopal Church Women's organization is providing the logistical support, volunteers and planning. The Crystal Ballroom venue is being donated, once again, through the generosity of the Crescent Hotel, and a number of area business and organizations have helped with financial donations and support services.

The Silver Tea annually draws many hundreds of area residents and visitors to the city, stepping back into a different, more genteel era for two hours of tea time. It is reminiscent of the white-gloved high teas of Victorian England. In addition to the tea and coffee served in elegant, antique silver service, guests will enjoy a vast array of pastries and tea sandwiches prepared and served by St. James' volunteers. There will be a cash wine bar and John Wiley, the talented organist ad St. James' Church, will play some music on the piano.

Admittance to the Silver Tea is by donation at the door with cash or check payable to St. James' Episcopal Church with Silver Tea in the memo line. No reservations are needed. Attire can be street casual, business or period costume dresses and floral hats and gloves for the ladies, or top hats and cravats for the gentlemen.

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