Monroe Historical Society hosts tea with Alice

Guests are welcome to dress in character.

The Monroe Historical Society will host an “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired tea on Saturday, May 7, at the Monroe Historical Society in Monroe.

“We have a theme this year that’s a little different than what we’ve done in the past. Usually, we’ve kept with a spring or Mother’s Day theme, but this year, we decided to turn it into a Mad Hatter/“Alice in Wonderland”-type of theme. Our servers, greeters and hostesses will be in costume,” said event organizer Leslie Sumner, who plans the event with Jessie Hull and a team of community volunteers.

Sumner, who will be dressed as Alice, said the tables will be decorated elaborately with things that guests will recognize from the book and the Disney cartoon. Some of the food will also tie into the theme. Guests are also welcome to join in the fun by dressing up in character, if desired.

“ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is so iconic, so it should be a really fun afternoon, and all of the proceeds benefit the museum,” she said.

The menu will include an assortment of savories and sweets, such as sandwiches, a cold soup and scones.

In addition to the tea, Sumner said there will be a few special items on exhibit, including textiles, mostly dresses from the collection at the museum, as well as some accessories like hats, purses and jewelry.

This is the fourth year for the tea.

“We thought it would be neat to utilize the space for other functions, and to get more use out of it. We initially started it as a way to raise funds, specifically, so that we would be able to buy materials to store and re-store the textile collection. The materials needed to store fabrics properly are very expensive, so the first couple of years, all of the funds that were raised went directly to that,” Sumner said.

Now that the textile collection has been taken care of, the group is now looking to purchase other needed items and materials for the museum.

“This is also a nice way to give visitors an opportunity to come in, see the museum and to look around. It exposes us to people that may have not visited us before,” she said.

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