By: Austin Schwartz, Staff Writer
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend High Tea from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. The five-hour event is open for members of the Newman community to come and go as they please.
This will be the first time Newman has put on its annual High Tea event since 2019. Because of COVID-19, the social event was not held the past two years.
English hot tea will be served along with English food options from the era that St. John Newman, NU’s namesake, lived in. There will be 20 homemade food options served including scones, cucumber and watercress sandwiches, British flapjacks, Madeira cake and more.
High Tea has been a part of Cardinal Newman Week since it started in the 1980s. It originally was based around sharing Eucharistic liturgy and included a Newman scholar sharing a presentation. Former English professor Deanna Zitterkopf had the idea to alter the event to embrace the Victorian era that Newman lived in.
In a recent email Laura Hartley, director of annual giving, invited students to sign up for volunteer hours.
“It cannot get done without everyone pitching in, from the staff and faculty baking items to students volunteering to help with the event, the whole campus truly comes together,” the email read.
Students can sign up with this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44a9ab2aa3f85-high1
Sister Therese Wetta, ASC, said she hopes that students will attend for an enjoyable experience and get some relief from studies for a short time “learning about the foods and traditions in England at the time St. Newman lived. Some ladies wear hats to add to the festiveness of the day. It’s a real change of pace from our usual business and helps us appreciate a Newman tradition and a tradition of England.”
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