Granville Health System Foundation Holds Third Annual Royal Tea Party

According to Henry James, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hours dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Guests at the Granville Health System Foundation’s third annual Royal Tea Party, held on Saturday, August 6, would undoubtedly agree.

The Tea began with relaxing and enjoyable classical and Broadway show tunes played by the Evelyn Snyder String Trio, followed by a silent auction and a presentation about the art of afternoon tea by Mrs. Marcia Roots. A member of the Old North State Tea Society, 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.

“The Royal Tea Party was a wonderful event for couples, families, and individuals of all ages,” said Mrs. Roots. “It was a way for everyone to savor the ambience of an elegant afternoon, meet new people, and enjoy a parade of beautiful hats and outfits.”

Several prizes were awarded to participants in the Parade of Hats. Joyce Bullock-Richardson won the Most Beautiful Hat award, Gail Huffaker won the Most Creative Hat award, and Cappa Hill and Chandler Hill received an award for the Best Matched Outfits. The Hill family also received prizes for the Family with the Most Members Present (11 family members), and the Family with the Most Generations Present (3 generations).

Henderson Country Club provided the delicious four-course menu for the tea party, which featured five types of tea, several kinds of savories, fresh scones served with strawberry jam, lemon sorbet, and a peach bellini for the Royal course.

The $7,000 proceeds from the event will be used to support services and programs for Granville Health System. To view photos of the event, visit and select 2011 GHS Foundation Royal Tea.