Find harmony with your high tea

October 27, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Put on your best and come sip tea for charity with the Issaquah Women’s Club at their Harmony & High Tea annual fundraiser at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

Last year, the event raised $14,000 for local charities, said Mariann Crane, president of the women’s club.

“It is a wonderful event and so many people are so anxious to come back,” she said. “For anyone looking to give back to their community, it’s perfect.”

You can expect the superb snacks, like tea sandwiches with cucumber and cream cheese, chicken almondine, and ham and cream cheese; delectable sweets, like petit fours, lemon bars and shortbread cookies; fresh fruit; and, of course, fine teas in a variety of flavors.

Terentino’s Catering, in Seattle, is providing the food, and while you’re dining with friends, you’ll enjoy the sweet sounds of Bronn Journey, a harpist from Seattle.

Each of the tables will be set with one of the club member’s own fine dining china sets, often ones handed down from their families.

“Each table is set with different and beautiful china,” said club member Mary Mallett. “It really makes it special for the people that come, because each table is unique and different.”

The event comes just in time for the frantic holiday season, and women’s club members said their silent auction is the perfect place to start shopping while giving to charity.

There are gifts for all ages, men and women, and all price ranges. Some of the items you can bid on are restaurant gift certificates, like Lombardi’s and Palomino, handmade artisan jewelry, fishing equipment, fitness memberships, spa treatments, gift baskets and experiences, like a group party at Lucky Strike in Bellevue’s Lincoln Square.

The club has been giving to local nonprofit organizations since 1983. The amount they can give next year is entirely dependent on how much the 80 ladies raise during fundraisers like this one, Crane said.

“Donations for charities are down 40 percent from last year,” she added. “For me, more than ever, it is important to donate, because more people are in need and our donations are needed at our local organizations.”

Last year, $1,500 was donated to organizations that serve children under 5, $5,700 was donated to school-aged children and $6,100 was donated to local adult services.

The event is sure to be a memory for mothers, daughters and grandmothers alike, but you must pre-order your tickets in advance.

“To me, it is a wonderful time to meet with my friends,” said club member JoAnn McHolland. “There’s no pressure to entertain, it’s there and just $20, which is inexpensive for such a wonderful lunch and afternoon.”

If you go

Harmony & High Tea

1 p.m. Nov. 14

Pickering Barn

1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Admission is $20; tickets must be purchased prior to Nov. 14

Where it goes

Four Follow Your Dream scholarships to Issaquah School District high school seniors

Eastside Domestic Violence Program Educational and Vocational Enhancement fund

Eastside Baby Corner

Issaquah Church & Community Services

Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department Summer Scholarships Fund

Life Enrichment Options

Washington Women in Need

Issaquah Valley Senior Center

The music departments at Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at

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One Response to “Find harmony with your high tea”

  1. Margaret Studer on October 27th, 2009 6:29 pm

    This is all very nice, but the event you’re describing isn’t a high tea, it’s afternoon tea.
    High tea sounds fancy, but it isn’t. It’s what the British laboring class used to call dinner. It was named high tea because it was served on the high dining tables rather than the low parlor tables.

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