The Howe Sound Performing Arts Association is inviting the community to a sit-down English-style traditional afternoon tea. While guests are enjoying their decadent finger foods, they will hear lovely period-era music performed by singers, pianists, and a harpist.
The Jane Austen Tea event will be held on Sunday, May 15 from 2 to 4 pm at St. John the Divine Anglican Church Hall. Tickets are available for $60 online, and ticket sales will close on May 8.
Partial proceeds from the event will go to Squamish Public Library. Excerpts from Jane Austen’s novels will be read aloud and fun facts of her life and times will also be shared. The traditional full afternoon tea will feature decadent sweet and savoury finger foods accompanied by readings from the work of Jane Austen and musical performances by Alison Hunter (harp), Kayla Mak (soprano), Veronica McPhee (soprano), Julie Murakami (piano), and Erik Musseau (piano).
Veronica McPhee, the director of the association, said the idea was inspired by listening to the music of the period. She said the association presented an exciting concert series with a variety of musical genres every year, with an event focused on a multimedia or multi-sensory experience.
“We are committed to community partnerships in our fundraising and knew the Jane Austen Tea would be a great fit for the Squamish Public Library,” McPhee said.