Bubbles, Books & Teatime with Author Lisa Wingate

Jun 11 2017, 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM

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$50 Members. $55 for not-yet members. Limited to 100 persons.

Join us for a Sunday afternoon tea to meet Lisa Wingate. Lisa is a journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the author of twenty-five novels. She is known for her masterful ability as a storyteller, so we expect her visit with us to be very inspiring! Savor each sip, melt on each morsel as you enjoy meeting Lisa and hearing about her work. For teatime, Odom hall will be adorned with plants from the greenhouse and tea will be served with the style and elegance. Limited to 100 participants. Sponsored by Downtown Books. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED Call 252.473.3234 to join us!

Price includes admission, book and refreshments.

Menu includes: Assorted Hot Teas, Cucumber Water, Cucumber & Cream Cheese Sandwiches, Chicken Salad Phyllo Cups, Ham biscuits with Serano Ham & Pepper Jelly, Assorted Mini desserts, cookies, brownies & French macarons. 


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Love a true-life mystery and great storytelling? Join author Lisa Wingate for tea at the Elizabethan Gardens from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. An award-winning author and journalist, Wingate has penned more than 30 books. The event is sponsored by Downtown Books in Manteo and catered by Cafe Lachine.

Expect elegance, fabulous morsels and a fascinating discussion at this high class, but casual tea in Odom Hall. It makes a great afternoon outing for friends.

What can one expect at this tea? A table with a beautiful display of fine china, potted blooms and a copy of Wingate’s latest book along with a menu of assorted hot teas, cucumber water, cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches, chicken salad phyllo cups, ham biscuits with Serrano ham & pepper jelly, assorted mini desserts, cookies, brownies & French macaroons.

Discussion will focus on Wingate’s latest book, “Before We Were Yours” which will be released on June 6.

Lisa also penned “The Prayer Box” trilogy, which have been steady best sellers locally. “The Prayer Box” (book one), was set on Hatteras Island; the second, The Secret Keeper, in Appalachian NC and the third, The Sea Keeper’s Daughter mostly took place right here in Manteo. Residents and visitors alike have enjoyed the local references and landmarks mentioned throughout the books including a storyline that relates to the lost colonists.

In her latest book, a true story is told through the voice and eyes of 12-year-old Rill Foss who, with her four younger siblings, were stolen from her family’s Mississippi River shanty-boat and held in an orphan house where uncertainty and danger wait around every corner.

For more than 30 years, thousands of young children in Tennessee were stolen from maternity wards, police departments and often in plain sight such as off their parents’ front porch. They were warehoused in boarding homes while they were given new identities before being sold for adoption across the country.

Both readers who love a good mystery and those who delight in great writing, no matter what the genre, should enjoy this two-hour discussion of the book in Odom Hall at the Gardens.

Teatime admission for Elizabethan Gardens members is $50; Nonmembers, $55. Advance registration is required. Call 252-473-3234 or purchase ticket online at elizabethangardens.org


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