Enjoy cookies, tea sandwiches and beverages at a table of sparkling silver and festive table decorations during the 46th annual Silver Tea taking place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent Hotel and Spa. Local musician John Wylie will provide seasonal music and guests will be greeted by a hostess in Victorian attire.
This long-time holiday tradition in Eureka Spring is hosted by the women of St. James Episcopal church and is a benefit for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. Admission is by donation.
The Eureka Springs School of the Arts [ESSA], the brainchild of local artists Eleanor Lux, Doug Stowe, and Mary Springer, has grown from a school without walls to a sixteen-acre campus near Inspiration Point offering classes each summer to over two-hundred students of all ages. In addition to local instructors, a number of recognized artists from around the country and representing a broad spectrum of media have found a teaching home at ESSA. One week of the summer session is Youth Arts Week. For more information, visit the ESSA website: www.essa-art.org.
For nearly half a century, the women of St. James Episcopal Church have hosted the tea as an outreach to benefit community and county non-profit organizations. Through the generous donations of Silver Tea guests, the following worthy organizations have recently been assisted in their missions: People Helping People, the Eureka Springs Food Bank, the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the Good Shepherd Animal Shelter, Eureka Christian Health Outreach (ECHO), St. John’s HospiceCare, and the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library.