|With members of the StoryTellers Guild and winners of centerpieces|
|BTS An Austentacious Tea program and display|
In partnership with The Community House, the StoryTellers Guild promotes literacy in schools with a team of volunteers who visit classrooms and read to young students. They also raise money to purchase and donate books to these same schools.
|The StoryTellers Guild promotes literacy in schools|
An exceedingly amiable and handsome assemblage, it was an honor to be part of their esteemed company for the day.
|Judy Walsh, Guild committee member raffles off prizes|
I was invited to present at the Guild's May event by committee member, Judy Walsh. When she contacted me last year, I learned about this wonderful organization and all they do to encourage and support reading in schools. In turn, it was an easy choice which BTS' program to select for this group - I wanted to share my favorite teller of stories: Jane Austen.
In one of the cozy rooms of The Community House, the meeting space was transformed into a fancy tea venue, not unlike the Pump Room in Bath, where society gathered in Jane's day.
|Tea Time and raffle greet guests outside the "tea room"|
Guests were greeted with a "Tea Time" theme and book drawing in the lobby outside the "tea room".
Each table was set with pretty teacups and a program of the day's event. The centerpieces, which were raffled off to several lucky guests, were an assortment of tea cup planters set on glass pedestals. (something for our pinterest accounts!)
|Beautiful tea cup centerpieces at each table.|
In Jane's words, "if a book is well written, I always find it too short". To paraphrase, I'd add, "if company is so agreeable, time spent with them is way too short". Such is the case with the Storytellers Guild. We'd like to thank them for letting us be part of their special May event.