By Sherrie Norris
History will come alive in Blowing Rock on August 5 when the Daniel Boone Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosts one of its most unique fundraisers, to date.
“Teas and Toddies, a traditional 18th century tea party will take the women’s ongoing efforts to support local service projects to a new level when the Blowing Rock Country Club is transformed to an earlier time and place. Festivities get under way at 5 p.m. and promises to be a highlight of your High Country summer.
“Tea and Toddies” will be an historic event to remember, featuring specially blended tea, wine, hors d’oeuvres, petit fours, a silent auction and commemorative program.
According to Chapter Regent Jill Privott, “Tea and Toddies” is proud to partner with world-class tea blender and merchant, Joy Wujek, founder of the internationally known Petali Teas and Marmalade Tea Shop in Blowing Rock. A specially blended tea will be served for the occasion, utilizing 18th-century historical references, including infused botanicals, spices and aromatics.
Featured “toddies” will include champagne punch, a tradition in the 18th century. Featured local wines will be served, compliments of vintner Sally Tatum, owner of Grandfather Winery. A locally- brewed toddy will be provided by Beech Mountain Brewery. Guests will also enjoy renowned musician Amanda Matthews and vocalist Evan Adair.
A distinctive silent auction will include opportunities for a flying lesson, a private party for up to 75 at The Blowing Rock, a golf found for four at the Blowing Rock Golf Course, in addition to a number of fine arts and crafts items.
Carson Sailor, representing Horn in the West, will serve as emcee for the event, with special guest, Blowing Rock Mayor Charles Sellers in attendance. Costumed period interpreters will also be an integral part of the historic gathering, which will add to the authenticity of the evening.
The “Tea and Toddies” committee includes the following: Hosts, Alice Roess and Brenda Councill; event chair, Teresa Shadoin; Zela Beckett, Sandra Ford, Freda Greene, Mary Moretz, Phyllis Bumbaugh, Pamela Garner, Donna McNeil and Leah Parks.
Patriot Gold Sponsors ($1,000) for the upcoming event include Distinctive Cabinetry of the High Country and The Blowing Rock Attraction. Paul Revere Silver Sponsor ($750) is Marmalade Tea Shop; and Bronze sponsor ($500) is Park Place Florist.
A donation of $60 per person to attend the event directly benefits projects in the areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism — the three goals of the DAR.
Appropriate evening attire is suggested (no denim).
Blowing Rock Country Club is located at 200 Country Club Drive in Blowing Rock.
To secure your reservation for this time-honored event, call Brenda at (828) 295-9277 or email [email protected].
More about the DAR
The Daniel Boone Chapter of the DAR is well known for a number of accomplishments, including its recognition of marking patriot graves, the partnership with the Town of Boone in restoring the mural in the historic downtown Boone Post Office, its sponsorship of the Belk Cottage at Crossnore School, the constitution kits given to area schools in Watauga and Ashe Counties, the awards presented to many outstanding young people each year, nominating the state recipient of the DAR Teacher of the Year and the national recipient of the Historical Preservation Medal.
The Daniel Boone Chapter has also contributed monetary gifts to the newly unveiled veterans’ monument in Boone, emergency supplies to veterans’ hospitals, including gifts and recognition to veterans at holidays to those in need, supplies to soldiers in combat zones, and contributions to veterans’ organizations which directly benefit local veterans.
The Daniel Boone Chapter NSDAR is a nonprofit, non-political women’s service organization serving Watauga and Ashe Counties.
Tax-deductible donations to assist in future projects of the DAR may be made payable to Daniel Boone Chapter NSDAR, PO Box 3745 Boone, NC 28607.