Monday, December 21, 2009 10:18 PM
It's time to start planning the 2010 Literary Tea!
For those of you who are new to the book club, we had our 1st Annual Literary Tea on June 13, 2009. We raised $2,600 for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council by decorating 12 tables to represent classic novels - Alice in Wonderland, Emma, Rebecca, The Secret Garden, Charlotte's Web, The Great Gatsby, Gone with the Wind, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Animal Farm, Dracula, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock. There was also a cookie table decorated like Wizard of Oz. We had a Chinese auction and some raffles. In 2009, we sold 86 tickets and we hope to double that this year.
2010's theme is Dr. Seuss books. Over the next few months, you will be receiving emails asking for your help in volunteering to decorate tables, make food, help in the kitchen, donate for the Chinese auction, and anything else we can think of! There will be plenty for everyone to help with.
For right now, my first job is to find a place to hold the Tea. Does anyone have ideas for a venue that fits these qualifications?
1. Has to hold about 200 people. I'm hoping for 20 tables of 8 and the rest of that 200 will be working at the Tea.
2. Is in a central location. I'd like to steer clear of too far away from Pittsburgh.
3. Has to have tables we can use.
4. Has to allow us to bring our own food in.
5. Has to be inexpensive (or free is even better). Last year we used a church that charged us $150 and they let us pay once we got enough from ticket sales to pay for the room.
6. If it's a church, it would work better if they didn't have a Saturday night service. The one we used last year required us to be out of the church by 5 p.m. and that would be one less stress to deal with.
7. I don't know the date for sure yet, but since June 13th worked great for us last year, I'm thinking maybe we should stick with that same weekend. That would be June 12, 2010.
If you know of a place that might fit these criteria, please email me.
I'm very excited about taking this on again this year. And I hope to see a lot of you while planning the Tea!