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8 " OCTOBER 22.2004 Society THE COLUMBIA STAR Tea - a time to put aside the worries of the day and focus on that which is pleasant. By Linda Sosbee The Dorchester was absolutely the best place I found in London for afternoon tea. In fact, it is probably the best place I have ever had tea. That is high praise considering I have had tea at the Plaza and SL Regis in New York; the Elmwood Inn in Perryville, Kentucky; Brown's Palace in Denver; The Ritz in London; and many other truly out- standing tea rooms. This glorious luxury hotel was built in 1931 on Park Lane overlook- ing Hyde Park. It has hosted the noble and the noteworthy. Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's husband, celebrated his stag party in the hotel. General Eisenhower planned the Normandy invasion from his Dorchester office suite. Among the many celebrities to sleep under its roof are Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Burton, Nelson Mandela, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, and Nicole Kidman. Now the hotel can boast that Linda Sosbee and Pat Mizell have had after- noon tea there. Afternoon tea at the Dorchester is served in the Promenade, the focal point of the hotel since its opening, Stretching from the lobby to the ballroom, the Promenade is a grand 55 meter colonnade with 42 engaged columns and 28 free-standing columns painted to resemble mar- ble. The walls are a soft Table set for tea at the Dorchester butter cream. Comfortable and cozy pale green corduroy and silk damask sofas and chairs are arranged in intimate settings to accommodate two guests or as many as eight. The groupings are separated by screens and large pot- ted palns giving a sense of privacy. Tea is served on glass-topped brass or marble-topped wooden tables. The flooring is classic Italian palazzo marble interspersed with hand-tufted carpets from Asia. The Dorchester serves 3,000 meals each day, but none receives more attention than afternoon tea. In 2000 and again in 2002, the hotel was named the best place to have afternoon tea in London by the Tea Council of Great Britain. Three tea services are offered. Traditional afternoon tea and cham- pague tea are served from 3 pm to 6 pm. High tea is served at the Dorchester from 5 pm to 8 pm each day, one of the few places to still serve a traditional high tea. More than 20 kinds of tea are available, includ- ing Lapsang Souchong, China Oolong, Assam, and the Dorchester's own blend. The hotel has its own dedicated tea time chef and a crew of 15 pastry chefs who create the tea fare. The chefs compete in a good- natured rivalry to invent new additions to the tea time menu. In 1997 they won the "Best Tea Pastries" award from the Association of Pastry Chefs. All teas are served on eggshell-thin Wedgwood bone china. Each piece is hand-pol- ished before being placed on the crisp white linens which cover each table. Given this elegant, yet comfortable and unpretentious setting, it is no wonder Pat and I were eager to begin our afternoon tea. (Continued next week) Calling the Dorchester a hotel is like calling champagne a fizzy drink or caviar a sandwich spread. Dorchester information packet lindas@sc.rr.com The Columbia Garden Club's FALL PLANT EXCHANGE Saturday, October 23, 2004 10 am (rain or shine) Forest Park Shopping Center 4711 Forest Drive PLEASE LABEL ALL PLANTS !!! .www.columbiagardenclub.com Your Neighborhood Cleaners Family owned & operated for three generations Dry Cleaning. Laundry. Cold Storage tlIR oollul,f IgC Boozer Shopping Center 1597 Broad River Road (803) 798-9002 (800) 823-4514 Sistercare names Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Contributed by Sistercare Volunteers of Sistercare, Inc. were the honored guests at a spe- cial luncheon Thursday, September 9, 2004. Jimmy Stevenson,owner of Leaside and Southern Way Catering, received the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award. The Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award is given to the vol- unteer who dedicated an outstanding amount of time and effort to assist Sistercare in ending domestic violence. Jimmy Stevenson is most deserv- ing of this honor. Stevenson is a for- mer member of Sistercare's Board of Directors and long time supporter. He has had a major impact on Sistercare's ability to help battered women and their children in our communi- ty. Last year, Stevenson helped develop and bring about the most successful fundraiser in Sistercare's history, the 2003 Songbird Caf& Over $55,000 was netted from the event. Jimmy obtained the musi- cal talent of Edwin McCain and Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish. He also donated his staff resources, use of his banquet facilities at Leaside, and provided the delicious hors d'oeuvres. The Songbird Caf set a benchmark for all future Sistercare fundrais- ers. Thanks to Stevenson's leadership, the ground- work has been set for the Songbird Caf to become Sistercare's annual brand- ed fundraiser. Stevenson was recognized for his support of victims of domestic violence through his persistence, determi- nation, vision, and gen- erosity. During the luncheon, Sistercare honored the achievements of volun- teers who have shown spe- cial dedication throughout the yea r . "Volunteers con- tribute countless hours and energy to help victims Jimmy of domestic deserve to be special way," Lashanda Palmer, Sistercare dinator. Local the event Foodservice, Weddings Sistercare is vate, 501( c )3, tion serving domestic violence Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw cotmti Sistercare is agency of the Adluh Flour holds 1 Annual Pig Pickin' (1) sales Adluh Flour, Jack dent thank their for 19th Annual Pickin' Adluh the food farmers. Mabel Kelly Willi celebrates 102 St. Paul's Church Kelly 102nd October 17, resides in with her and Martha and Amick. Pastor Williams, Richardson, Jackie Williams children, children, 15 grands, great great For the most effective results and the best customer service, advertise in The Columbia Sta. Call 771-0219 today! Richland County Library presents The Revenge of Rhett Contributed by RCPL The Richland County Public Library will host Pirates/The Revenge of Colonel Rhett, a new production presented by The Actors' Theatre of SC, at 3 pm Saturday, October 30, in the Bostick Auditorium of the Main Library. The program, for ages 10 and up, is free and open to the public. Written Literary Clarence directed by Easler, this production history and who 16th This tially from the Arts Commission"