Deschutes Public Library News
Tea For Two
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 5/6/2003
According to author Henry James, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” During the month of May, Dawnya Sasse of Tea Events, offers insight into the history and traditions of tea at four Deschutes Public Library branches.
Programs include Tea 101 on May 15th at the Bend Public Library at 4:30p.m. in the Library Admin Conference Room. On May 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the LaPine Public Library, May 18th at 2:00 p.m. at the Redmond Library and again on May 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the Sunriver Area Public Library, Dawnya presents History of Tea.
“Tea is much more than a hot beverage. It’s history,” says Sasse. Since the famous Boston Tea Party, tea has played a role in American culture and customs. But tea’s history is much older than America. Legend has it that in 273 b.c., a Chinese emperor discovered tea when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water. In addition to highlighting the colorful history of tea, Sasse will also present the origins of afternoon tea, the ritual made popular in Europe during the 1600’s.
If you don’t know Oolong from Earl Grey, don’t miss the opportunity to spend an hour learning about tea. These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit Deschutes Public Library at www.dpls.us or call 312-1032.