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THE C C' L lJ M P-i/x , S | /'- [ " sc I By Linda Sosbee Tea - a time to put aside the worries of the day and focus on that which is pleasant. The second tearoom my husband and I visited on our New York City trip was Tea & Sympathy. It is on Greenwich Avenue in the Village, right next door to a small British grocery store with the same name. Tea & Sympathy was started by Nicola Perry, a Brit by birth who spent many years waitressing in NYC. One of the first things she noticed upon arrival in the Big Apple was that there wasn't a place to get a decertt cup of tea. That realization gave birth to her dream to open her own restau- rant which "...would be a cross between a British cafe, a teashop, and an English restaurant with a pub atmosphere." It would be ten years before her dream would become reality. I have visited many teashops, restaurants, and pubs in Britain. Tea & Sympath definitely combines the flavor of all of these. It is quite small with ten or 12 tables close together. There is no lace nor finery: Nothing pretentious. What has kept cus- tomers returning again J and again is the first rate service and the outstand- ing food. All of the stan- dard British fare is avail- able at Tea & Sympathy: bubble and squeak, Welsh rarebit, shepherd's pie, treacle pudding, Yorkshire pudding, toad in the hole, fish cakes, sticky toffee pudding, steak and kidney pie, just to mention a few. A proper afternoon tea is available from three to five. Tea & Sympathy has had its share of famous visitors. There are two in particular they love to tell about. David Bowie chose the tea shop to celebrate his 50th birthday which was filmed tbr British televi- sion. And, novelist Dame Barbara Cartland cele- brated her 90th birthday at the restaurant with (!ne of its Victoria sponge sandwich cakes. We arrived just alter noon on the day of our visit. Since it was ' early, we decided to have lunch instead of asking for afternoon tea fare. The salad, finger sand- wiches, and welsh rarebit we shared were all deli- cious. Of course, the tea was prepared to perfec- tion. After lunch we stopped in the grocery next door. It was quite small and very British. I couldn't leave without purchasing a lovely porcelain tea mug featur- ing the tea plant, camel- lia sinensis. Nicky Perry and Anita Naughton, one of the original waitresses at the restaurant, have written and published Tea & Sympathy, the Life of an English Teashop in New York. The book tells the story of the daily life of the restaurant and includes 60 recipes by Nicky. If you can't get to New York, reading the book with a nice cup of tea is the next best thing to actually visiting Tea & Sympathy. If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you. William E. Gladstone British Prime Minister, 1865 771-0219 P.O. Box 5955, Cola., SC 29250 I , V00ANY UNIQUE STYLES IN-STORE WARRANTIES FACTORY DIRECT PRICING! FANS AS LOW AS s59.99 Your Neighborhood Cleaners Fami/)/ owned & operated for three generations Dry Cleaning " Laundry Cold Storage Let the Masters care for your garments! Society M a y0014 MA ] 3 . 2 Robert Stirling Leitch and Arrington Drake Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ralph Chastain Jr. announced the engage- ment of their daughter Arrington Drake Chastain to Robert Stirling Leitch last Saturday evening at the home of Sophie and Walter Sagrera. The bride-elect's father and uncle and the bride- groom-elect's father made toasts to the couple follow- ing the announcement. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Wilkerson Stevenson and the late Dr. and Mrs. Walter Ralph Chastain Sr. She is a Hi graduate of Heathwood Mr. Hall Episcopal School and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a BSN in nursing. She is E employed by William Barber, MD, in Atlanta, Nashville, Georgia as a registered a BE in nurse, a The bridegroom-elect is the Ass son of Mr. and Mrs. Georgia. Robert Alan Leitch. He is the grandson of the late is Mr. and Mrs. Paul E The M idlands - showcase of ga Blythewood Garden Club Tour Garden tours being hosted in the Midlands are affording Columbians intimate, behind-the-gate glances at some of the lushest, most colorful spots in bloom this spring. The Blythewood Garden Club, celebrating its 50th anniversary is hosting a self-guided spring tour of seven resi- dential gardens Saturday, May 15 from 1-5 pm. Garden lovers may purchase their maps at the Hoffman House, which is also the Town Hall. For sale at the tour's origina- tion site will be just-pub- lished third editions of the Blythewood Scrapbook, the only locally-produced history of families and houses of the area. The gardens are dif- ferent in location and character. According to Margaret DuBard, one stop focuses expressly on roses. The final stop is the daylily garden of Peggy and Jim Jeffcoat, Singing Oaks. Homemade refresh- ments will be served there. The seven gardens on tour have hostesses to answer questions. For more informa- tion, contact DuBard at 754-0710. Columbia Green's Festival of Gardening Columbia Green is hosting its 13th annual Festival of Gardening, This annual event show- cases Columbia gardens each spring. A reception will be held May 19 at 6 pm at Sterling Garden Center. Columbia Green and Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission will present the Columbia Choice Award Winners. On Thursday and Saturday, May 20 and May 22, 11 city gardens will be am and 3: mentary be at the 120 Garden. raises Columbia.. ceeds annuals, shrubs, city's and the garde ($30 for Columbia for the awards ($20 for Columbia To the 13th of (803) Home Builders Association of Tour of Homes winners Columbia's largest open house of new homes is the annual Tour of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia. The event is free and the homes are open Saturdays and Sundays, May 15, 16, 22 & 23 from Noon to 6 p.m. The winning partici- pants include: $106,000-@140,000 price category Best Overall #72, The Genesis by Mungo Homes, KiUian Green, Northeast Honorable Mention #30, The Morgan by Theresa LeJohn Builders, Inc., Whiteford Gardens, Lexington $141,000 -180,000 price category Best Overall at #53, The Britton by Carolina, Palmetto Traditional Homes, LLC, Indigo #77, Springs, Northeast Glory Honorable Mention Inc., #41, The Hollister by Branham Residential Services, Woodtrace, Northeast $181,(KI&$250,000 price category Best Overall #103, The Silver by P & K Construetion, Stoney Pointe, Irmo-Northwest Honorable Mention #95, The Oakmont by Gallery Homebuilders, The Village at Hilton, Irmo-Northwest $251,,000 price category Best Overall #61, The Josh by Berry Builders, The Woods Inc., #37, proudly Home of Greater