GHS Foundation to Hold Second Annual Royal Tea Party


Granville Health System Foundation to Hold Second Annual Royal Tea Party

OXFORD, NC (May 4, 2010) – The Granville Health System Foundation has announced that it will hold the Second Annual  Royal Tea Party on Saturday, May 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Granville County Shrine Club in Oxford. Live music will be provided and “tea attire,” including hats and gloves, is welcome.


Advance reservations are required for the afternoon tea, which will feature a four-course menu with delicious tea, several kinds of savories (tea sandwiches), four types of fresh scones served with lemon curd, lemon squares, pear sparkler, and fruit compote. Students from J.F. Webb High School will again serve as waiters and waitresses to meet the guests’ every need.


As people arrive, a Powerpoint show will display numerous photographs from last year’s event, while the Evelyn Snyder String Trio entertains attendees with musical selections. To enliven the afternoon, a Parade of Hats will be held, with prizes awarded at the end of the event for the most beautiful, most creative and most unusual hats.


A silent auction will feature 6 VIP tickets to the NC Symphony headlining Clay Aiken, including valet parking and a reception; a gift certificate for WLUS advertising; lace tablecloths from Lace Lastics; and a gas trimmer from Lowes. Additional auction items have been donated by Stovall’s Gift Shop, Morton’s Nursery, Cole Rodger Photography, Our State Magazine, and Southern States, among others. All proceeds will benefit the Granville Health System Foundation.


The GHS Foundation has enlisted Marcia Roots of Durham, NC to speak at the event. Mrs. Roots is a Level 3 Professional Series Graduate of the Specialty Tea Institute in California, a Division of the Tea Association of the USA, Inc., and is recognized as a recommended speaker on tea topics by the Institute. At the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, and in cities across the United States, including San Francisco and Charleston, Mrs. Roots completed courses on foundational tea knowledge, sensory evaluation and cultivation, manufacture and processing standards for White, Green, Black, Oolong and Pu'erh teas.


“The Royal Tea Party is a wonderful mother-daughter event for young girls to grandmothers, and also a perfect Mother’s Day gift,” said Mrs. Roots. “It’s a way for girls and women to enjoy the ambience of an elegant afternoon, and savor a cultural event they may not otherwise experience.”  This is an excellent gift to recognize any occasion, from birthdays to anniversaries.  


A charter member of the Old North State Tea Society, Mrs. Roots is dedicated to educating herself and others in civility and the art of afternoon tea. She has taught classes at Vance-Granville Community College entitled “Let’s Have a Tea Party,” has hosted the Princesses’ Inaugural Tea, Afternoon Tea for young ladies at the Oxford Housing Authority, and joined society members for Tea Etiquette and Success at Central Children’s Home in Oxford. She has also coordinated numerous teas for organizations, nursing homes, and summer enrichment youth programs in the area.


Tickets for the event are $35 per person. Reserved tables of eight are available for $270. To register for the Royal Tea Party, or for more information, please call 919.690.2149. Additional information and online registration are available at


The Granville Health System Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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