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i By Linda Sosbee Tea - a time to put aside the worries of the day and focus on that which is pleasant. Reading tea magazines does not usually make me cry. However, a letter in the spring issue of TEA A Magazine was so moving, I could not stop the tears. The letter was from Donn Marshall of Marbury, Maryland. Donn's wife, Shelley, lost her life in the tragic events at the Pentagon on September 11. Shelley had a passion for tea. At the end of each day, she would take a few minutes for herself and enjoy a per- fectly brewed cup of tea. She loved tea parties and often threw thegn for her young children, son Drake, and daugh- ter Chandler. Each year Shelley and her mother-in-law hosted a Y'mtorian tea party for family and friends. As he worked through his grief at losing his beloved wife, Donn kept hear- ing the words of a grief counselor: Give your sorrow meaning. To honor Shelley and to give meaning to his grief, Donn established the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation whose mission is to "inspire and enrich the spirit and have a direct impact on people's lives." He put all of Shelley's retirement savings and donations from well-wishers into a trust which mirrors his wife's interests: children's story hours at public libraries, creative writ- ing contests at high schools' and col- leges, and tea parties at nursing homes. To date, the foundation has hosted ten tea parties serving over 600 people in nursing homes. Fine teacups and saucers are always used to make the events special. This September Shelley's Foundation is planning a national tea party. Dubbed Tea Across America, the hope is a tea party will be held in at least one nursing home in each of the 50 states on the weekend following September 11. "We must fight the evil of September 11," says Donn. "When the rest of the world looks at images of buildings being blown up, then a few days later looks at images of people having tea with the elderly, what more civilized way can there be?" I share this information in the hope you may be interested in partici- pating in Tea Across America. If you can gather some friends and host a tea party in a local nursing home, that would be marvelous. If such an under- taking is too much, hosting a small tea for even one person who is alone would honor the mission of Shelley's Foundation. For more information, you may contact Donn by email at shelsfounda- tion@aol.com or by mail at The Shelley A. Marshall Foundation, P.O. Box 521, Marbury, MD 20658. The website, www.shelleysfoundation.org, is a beauti- ful one with information about the teas and other activities Of the foundation. Sharing this information with friends near and far can only help the cause. If you choose to host.a tea party of any size as a part of Tea Across America, please let me hear from you. I would love to be able to give my editor an entire page with pictures and stories of caring people reaching out to the eld- erly and lonely in the spirit of tea. What a beautiful way to honor Shelley Marshall and all the other victims of September 11. May your tea never grow cold in your cup. - Donn Marshall lindas@sc.rr.com 771-0219 P.O. Box 5955, Columbia, SC 29250 * Garden Clubs FINLEAF - Book Oob00 - Special Events T E A A R T S - Reservations for 10-20 People B acJ Tea Bar Opening this fall, Make reservations for your event now! 2323Devine Street Columbia, SC 1303.254.8327 Keep our history alive Historic Big Apple seeks information, stories, photos, and memorabilia of and from dancers, musicians, patrons, and their descendants and friends of the Big Apple Swing Dance craze and other social dances of the 1930s. They are interested in interviewing original participants and collecting memories to help document this Columbia-born dance. Call 600-5813, www.taps222@aol.com. Celebrate the history and culture of the City of Columbia with historic home tours of the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion, wine tasting, gourmet food, and entertainment October 19 from 2 to 5 pm. For more information visit www. columbiaactioncouncil.org. I II I I I I I I I You've always been a beautiful baby! Happy 18th birthday, Erika! Love, Mom, Dad, and Schylur Erika Wells I I THE C o LU M BI/ Holli Nicole McGee and Moultrie Douglas Roberts were married at 6 pm August 16, 2003, at Main Street United Methodist Church. The double-ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Joe Cal Watson. Music was provid- ed by soloists Miki Wright and Brian Parker. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Eugene McGee, is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Cas- tles of Winnsboro, South Carolina, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ted O. McGee Sr. She received her BA from USC and is currently employed by McGee Mar- keting Co., Inc. The bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Stewart Roberts, is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Moultrie Dwight Douglas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Byron Putnam Roberts of Manchester, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston and USC School of Law. He is currently employed by Roberts Law Firm. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a dress of candle- light Duchess satin with a scoop neckline and sheer beaded cap sleeve. The bodice consisted of silver embroidery, crystals, and seed pearls. The waistline was basque with a box pleat falling into a ball- room skirt. The train was cathedral highlighted with tiny satin buttons to the floor. The maids of honor were Carrie McAlexander and Abby Rush. The and matron of honor was ring Heather McGee Dickerson. The bridesmaids were Dell Goodrich, Tracy Smith, Anne Harvey, and Sarah ny, a Harvey. Maggie Castles was a junior bridesmaid, denS. The father of the bridegroom served as best man. Byron Putnam area. Roberts was head usher. Mrs. Moultrie Douglas The Teddy Garden Club Council Garden council series of works The Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia's West Sandhills District Meeting will be held September 3. There will be a flower show workshop September 8 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia Building at 1605 Park Circle in Maxcy Gregg Park. Course 1 will be Line Design Conditioning and Mechanics with a lec- ture and workshop (first in a series of six). This workshop is sponsored by the nation- ally accredited Judges Council of Greater Columbia. The leaders are Ester Sheppard and Shirley Paquet. The regis- tration fee is $15 which includes all mate-' rials. Call Pat register. Space is Mail Running Fox Checks should be Columbia Judges tration is lunch. and desserts are On Se Lessons in able. This class Lake Park Gar de' opened to all }00ITFC)bJS IFind your dog here ties wilh 38 breeds to chose from I 2818 Devine Street * 771-2700 l - w ww.briltonsofcol u rnbia.com Rosen Appran serving the pubit Joe Rosen, MAI 1717 Laurel Street * The pic- ture you took of your favorite relative could win .you 'S50Of See page 13. New 2754 Devine II II