Afternoon Tea celebrates the birth of Queen Anne
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.
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.