Library plans ‘Downton Abbey’ tea

Staff report

SIDNEY — A tea to be hosted by the Dowager Countess Lady Grenville will be Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Amos Memorial Public Library, 230 E. North St.

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to attend and partake of an afternoon tea in farewell tribute to the popular television series, “Downton Abbey.”

Her Ladyship will instruct guests in the proper etiquette of a tea as well as the different teas which one might taste. She will be attended by her butler, Shelby. Three courses will be served with a different tea for each and appropriate savories and sweets will compliment the tea. Ladies are encouraged to wear their best hats for the occasion.

The Dowager Countess Lady Grenville is the widow of the late William, Earl Grenville, a well-known philanthropist whose interest was in easing the conditions of the laboring classes. American by birth, she is uniquely qualified to speak to the vagaries of British society. Her Ladyship’s years in England as hostess for the late earl ensure that this afternoon tea will be a unique experience for guests and will be presented in a manner appropriate to society.

Katheleen and Tim Nealeigh of Greenville, are living history performers with more than 30 years’ experience. They regularly appear at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and other venues in the East. They continue to research history, culture and customs of the U.S., Great Britain, and the Continent. They are retired teachers with more than 60 years’ experience and have garnered many teaching awards.

Advance registration is required for the 24 seats available for the event. The fee is $10. For information, call 492-8354.

Staff report