Friends of the Library to host afternoon tea fundraiser |

Friends of the Library to host afternoon tea fundraiser

The Friends of Grand County Library is bringing a bit of Downton Abbey to town.

The fundraising group is hosting its first afternoon tea on Saturday, April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church in Granby. The Friends of Grand County Library is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support Grand County’s libraries. They have been fundraising on behalf of the library district for more than 33 years and in the last 11 years have contributed more than $400,000 to the library district.

While you may be familiar with their tried and true fundraisers, including progressive dinners, book sales, Thanksgiving pie sale, and Tops of The Rockies, this year The Friends was inspired to introduce a new event.

Afternoon tea has a long and storied history. Its origin in the 1840s is credited to Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, who served herself tea, cake and jam to remedy her hunger pangs between midday and evening meal, which was served quite late. What started as a practical way to stave off her hunger evolved into an “in vogue social event” complete with invited guests, fine china, fancy foods, and service by staff.

The Friends are being true to the tradition that afternoon tea is a time to enjoy friends, fine foods, elegant settings and attentive service. The fare will include traditional tea sandwiches, scones with preserves and cream, a selection of sweet pastries and a chocolate truffle. Everything will be handcrafted except the Twinings tea! To add to the ambiance, High Falutin’ will provide background music throughout.

The Friends invite you to enjoy this event and support the Grand County Library District. Reservations are required and can be prepaid at the Granby Library or online at Price per person is $35 for members of The Friends and $40 for nonmembers. Participation is strictly limited to ages 12 to 120!

Seating will be at tables of six, an opportunity to gather as a group, attend with another or come solo and meet new friends. Every effort will be made to seat friends together if requested in advance.

The Tea committee is working diligently to provide a wonderful experience and extends their thanks in advance to: Lord of the Valley Church for allowing them to host there; C Lazy U for catering the savories and truffles; Brick House 40; Grand Event Rentals; Corner Mall; High Falutin’ and volunteers too numerous to name, for their support.

For more information, call (970) 724-8945.

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