Celebrate a Timeless Holiday with us!


The 12th Annual Holiday Tea & Fashion Show, “A Timeless Holiday,” is scheduled for a week from today on Friday, December 7. This event, one of our major fundraisers, is hosted at the Elston Homestead and the Lane Place. The event operates as a holiday open-house between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Lane Place Activities

A steampunk-inspired wreath with gears, keys, and numbers, designed by Kara Edie

Steampunk-inspired wreath by Kara Edie

Located at 212 South Water Street, Lane Place was the home of Henry and Joanna Lane, sister to Susan Wallace. Joanna hosted many parties and gatherings at Lane Place during her lifetime. Live holiday music and elaborate seasonal decorations will be featured at Lane Place.

The popular holiday wreath and decoration sale will return again this year. Local artists and designers have created unique holiday wreaths that will be available for purchase all afternoon. These decorations make great gifts for loved ones, business associates, or clients. All proceeds from wreath sales go directly to the Lew Wallace Study. The selection of decorations is sure to please any taste. Many of the stunning wreaths, swags, and table-toppers incorporate decorations handmade by the artists. Special thanks go to the decoration designers for their generous donations of time and talents: Linda Brady, Mary Lou Dawald, Dottie Sheehan, Kara Edie, Bettye Hudson, Susan Rosen, and many others.

Elston Homestead Activities

A room full of women listening to a men's choir singing

Tea guests enjoy the T-Tones at the 2017 Holiday Tea

The impressive Elston Homestead, located on Pike Street, was the childhood home of Susan Elston Wallace and is now home to Wabash College President, Gregory Hess, and his wife, Lora. It will be elaborately decorated for the holiday season by designers from Milligan’s Flowers & Gifts.

Tea-goers can enjoy an interactive fashion show beginning at 3:30 featuring fashions from local boutique heathcliff. Fashion show models will be Denise Elmore, Dee Wilson, Darla Goodrich, and Christina Sharp.

Tea and coffee will be served in the historic Elston family silver. Savory treats with an assortment of sandwiches and sweets will be available. Special thanks go to Bon Appétit and tea committee members for the preparation and festive presentation of the food and drink.

Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon. All tea attendees will be entered automatically into the drawing and need not be present to win. Door prizes will be distributed between 4:00-6:00 p.m.

A highlight of the event will be live holiday music by the T-Tones, a men’s vocal ensemble from Wabash College, back by popular demand.

Reservations

Reservations for the Holiday Tea & Fashion Show are $25 per person and due by December 5. No tickets will be available at the door. To reserve places for you and your guests, contact the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum at (765) 362-5769 or e-mail at lpaarlberg@ben-hur.com. Reservations can also be purchased through EventBrite at our Holiday Tea page. Proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum and Lane Place.

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