Resident’s annual Tea Party is a party with a purpose
In Colonial Virginia tea was a meal between dinner and supper and was by no means universal even among ladies of the upper class. By 1800s tea parties were becoming very popular especially with the wealthy. Tea drinking in America had long been associated with the elite; the leaves for brewing the beverage were imported and thus expensive.
In today’s world tea parties can be held any time of the day and menus are variable. Faith Carter of Mathews is a great example of changing the old rules of afternoon tea and bringing it into the 21st century. For eight years Faith has been holding tea parties for the benefit of others. No two parties are alike. “My girlfriend, Ava Bomar, and I were working in White Stone where they were having a tea party. That’s where we got the idea to hold one in Mathews. We did and it was so successful, I’ve been doing it ever since annually.”
Each party benefits an organization, church or cause. This year’s Tea Party benefited Relay for Life and the Usher’s Ministry at Antioch Baptist Church, Faith’s home church at Susan, in memory of her aunt Celestine Jackson.
“The first two parties, I had catered,” Faith explained, “but it cost so much to continue that way so now it’s all volunteers doing the foods and decorations, and the proceeds are raised through donations.”