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Victorian tea and Beatrix Potter

April 30, 2006

WAYNESBORO, Pa.

The Waynesboro Historical Society's annual spring tea is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and May 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. each day. The tea is a fundraiser for the historical society.

Held in the 1892 Queen Anne-style Oller House in Waynesboro, the tea features an array of finger foods from sweet to savory, including dainty sandwiches and delicate sweets, accompanied by unlimited pots of hot tea. Traditional tea-time scones will be served with jam and cream. Fresh flowers, piano music, china and linens complete the elegant Victorian setting.

The theme this year is "the artistry of Beatrix Potter." Born in London in 1866, Potter had a sheltered upper class childhood. In her thirties, she began writing and illustrating children's stories. Her first book, "Peter Rabbit," was published in 1902 and was an immediate success. During the next 30 years she wrote and published 23 additional books, which are enhanced by her drawings and watercolor paintings of animals and plants. The stories are now classics and have been translated into several languages.

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Displays and decorations will include collectibles inspired by the imagination of Beatrix Potter, from ceramic animals to gardening memorabilia.

Seating for the tea is limited. The cost is $15 for historical society members, $18 for nonmembers, and $15 each for groups of eight or more. Payment must accompany reservations. To make a reservation, send a check payable to the Waynesboro Historical Society, 138 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268. Call 1-717-593-0577 for more information.

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