Eureka's Silver Tea tradition continues to usher in holidays

Monday, November 21, 2005

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The public is invited to usher in the holiday season at the 39th Silver Tea, Thursday, Dec. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom of the Crescent Hotel.

A long-standing Eureka tradition, the tea is a community outreach of the women of St. James' Episcopal Church, Eureka Springs. Funds raised will benefit the Club of the Ozarks, an arm of Ozarks Guidance Center providing a daily rehabilitation program that serves people with mental illness. Admission is by donation.

Located in Eureka Springs, the Club of the Ozarks offers its members clubhouse work units as well as a social program and transitional employment opportunities. The program's mission is to help members support one another and form good work habits in order to gain social acceptance and develop communications skills to gain access to the community.

The tea features festive holiday decorations and seasonal music, provided by Eureka Springs pianist Carroll Heath. Cookies, tea sandwiches, and beverages will be served by the women of the church.

In recent years, the Silver Tea has benefitted the Carroll County Senior Center, Eureka Springs Hospice, People Helping People, the Lane House, the Eureka Springs Food Bank, the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, the Carroll County Boys and Girls Club, and the Eureka Springs Public Library.

Co-chairwomen for the 2005 tea are Kay Wayman and Cheri Lacock, both of Holiday Island.

For further information, call St. James' Episcopal Church, (479) 253-8610.

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