Af­ter­noon Tea cel­e­brates the birth of Queen Anne

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Annes County Arts Coun­cil hosted an af­ter­noon tea on Satur­day, Feb. 4, in celebration of the birth of Queen Anne.

Each year the coun­cil holds a tea with a dif­fer­ent theme to raise funds for the Cen­tre for the Arts, this year the tea co­in­cided with the Queen’s birth­day. Queen Anne — af­ter whom Queen Anne’s County was named — was born Feb. 6, 1665; she be­came queen at the age of 37.

Queen Anne was re­port­edly plagued by ill health all her life, and, trag­i­cally, af­ter 19 preg­nan­cies, she gave births to only five chil­dren. Of those five, four of the chil­dren died be­fore age 2. Dur­ing her reign, Eng­land and Scot­land were united into a sin­gle king­dom known as Great Bri­tain. The queen resided at Kens­ing­ton Palace where she is es­tab­lished elab­o­rate for­mal gar­dens which are to­day a pub­lic park.

In the palace there was also an or­angery cre­ated to pro­tect Anne’s pre­cious col­lec­tion of cit­rus trees from harsh frost. It was here that she liked to en­ter­tain, and to­day the Or­angery is a tea room open to the pub­lic. In keep­ing with that theme, the Arts Coun­cil af­ter­noon tea was a nod to the Queen’s gar­den and the menu was a re-cre­ation of the menu of­fered to­day at the Or­angery at Kens­ing­ton Palace.

Guests of the Arts Coun­cil min­gled and en­joyed the repast while be­ing served by lo­cal of­fi­cials and Arts Coun­cil vol­un­teers. A spe­cial ap­pear­ance was made by the queen her­self, por­trayed by Mar­cie Wachter. To­ward the end of the event a do­na­tion was made by Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler in the amount of $2,000.

The do­na­tion was com­pletely un­ex­pected and con­cluded the event on an ex­cit­ing note, said Allison Moffatt, pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor for the Cen­tre for the Arts.

The menu con­sisted of cu­cum­ber and mint on mixed bread, cur­ried egg salad on wheat, corona­tion chicken — a Bri­tish sta­ple — honey roasted ham with English mus­tard on a bun, and smoked salmon on a rye. For the dessert course, guests dined on or­ange scones, cus­tard tarts, choco­late bites, short­bread and straw­berry bread.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Vol­un­teers with the Arts Coun­cil and lo­cal of­fi­cials par­tic­i­pate each year as servers at the coun­cil’s yearly tea. Front left, Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney Lance Richardson, Del. Steve Arentz, Coiunty Com­mis­sioner Robert Buckey, Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann, Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler, and County Com­mis­sioner Jack Wil­son. Back left, Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil vol­un­teers Bill Ham­mond, Larry Mitchell, Pa­trick Sisk and Frank Avesa, and Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil­man Tim McCluskey.

Len­nox Franks, 9, left, and her very good friend Vic­to­ria MacGlashan, 10, right, visit with the Queen Anne, por­trayed by Arts Coun­cil vol­un­teer Mar­cie Wachter.

Guests of the Arts Coun­cil par­take in an af­ter­noon tea to cel­e­brate the birth of Queen Anne.

Place set­tings fea­ture Queen Anne and cen­ter­pieces are re­flec­tive of the famed Or­angery at Kens­ing­ton Palace.

Karen Sut­terz and Ellen Nor­man en­joy tea and con­ver­sa­tion at the Af­ter­noon Tea hosted by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil on Feb. 4.

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