LORRAINE HARDY, manager of the Cary House Hotel, left, and Waldie Graham, Friends of Old Hangtown, get ready for the High Tea fundraiser on Saturday, May 11 at the Cary House in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


Tea time at Cary House

By From page B2 | May 08, 2013

What: High Tea at the Cary House Hotel

Who: Friends of Old Hangtown

Where: Milton Room at the Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville

When: Saturday, May 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $20 and available at the Cary House Hotel.

Information: Call Lorraine at 530-622-4271.

Fancy hats, high tea, ladies with gloves on — High Tea at the Cary House Hotel on Saturday, May 11 promises to bring a delicate vignette of the past to the present.

Hosted by Friends of Old Hangtown, the tea will include food served buffet style, tea and punch, entertainment by the Barrett Tones, a local singing group, a fashion show by Renfros, a silent auction and door prizes.

Friends of Old Hangtown started at the Cary House in 1998 with a group of individuals who were interested in preserving the history of the hotel. When the hotel was sold to new owners who weren’t interested in what the group had to offer, the friends decided to concentrate their efforts on enhancing and preserving the history of Gold Bug Mine Park.

Each year, the group sponsored fundraisers such as Hattie’s Tea Party and Tea in Toyland, raising money for much-needed park improvements. In 2012, due to insurance issues, Friends of Old Hangtown volunteers discontinued the work for the Gold Bug Mine and the group disbanded.

When the Cary House was again sold, Jeanie Redmond, a member of Friends of Old Hangtown, approached the new owners with the original idea of preserving and enhancing the history of the Cary House and the owners were thrilled.

The group once again banded together and the High Tea on May 11, the day before Mother’s Day, is its first fundraising event. The proceeds of the tea will go towards purchasing antiques for the Cary House to restore its historical appearance.

Lorraine Hardy, who manages the Cary House with her husband, Lanny, said the group plans to help restore one room of the Cary House at a time but is also planning to help out in other historical areas of Placerville.

The tea will be hosted by Friends of Old Hangtown wearing fancy-dress historical outfits.

“This is a dress-up affair,” said Waldith Graham, a member of Friends of Old Hangtown who plans to attend in full regalia. Guests can dress up or not as they wish.

High Tea will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Milton Room at the Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville. Tickets are $20 and available at the Cary House Hotel.

For more information call Lorraine at 530-622-4271.


Wendy Schultz

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