The Rogue Crusade
We’ve all done it. As children, we had tea parties with our stuffed animals, siblings, and any adult we could blackmail into it. As adults, we say to our friends, “You know what would be fun? A tea party.”
Our friends usually nod back enthusiastically, and it’s agreed that a tea party is a thing that should happen. Only it normally doesn’t. Our lives get busy and in between our jobs and the kids, our calendar is too full to plan and execute a tea party with all the trimmings: dainty finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, fairy cakes, and tea.
Many of us as readers also want to be a part of a book club. Reading, after all, is tied together in the minds of most of us with tea. So — why not combine them both? Why not a tea party in the style of the literary salons of the 19th century?
On February 17, Tea & Shenanigans will be meeting to distribute books, get to know one another, and discuss our favorite teas. On March 24, we will meet once more, this time to discuss “A Wizard of Earthsea,” by Ursula K. Le Guin, and to take Afternoon Tea. Please understand that our goal will eventually be to brew a “proper cuppa”, but at the moment we are level 1 tea brewers. Our first meetings will focus on brewing good teas that can be found locally, in our grocery stores.
While full formal attire is not required, it is recommended that due care be taken whilst choosing one’s clothing. If one would not wear a certain frock to meet the Queen, one would not wear it to tea. (That is, we’d appreciate it if you would wear your favorite Steampunk/Victorian garb, and if that’s not possible, pull out your Sunday best! Part of the fun is taking the time to dress sharper than normal.)
The March book will be Ursula K. Le Guin’s “A Wizard of Earthsea.” From Goodreads: “Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.
Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.”
Le Guin passed away in January of this year, and to celebrate her life and to pay homage to one of the greats of fantasy and sci-fi, she will be our inaugural author. A complete list of books that we will be reading will be available soon. Until then, may your tea always be hot and brewed to perfection!
Links Of Importance:
Click Here to sign up for the event!
Click here to preorder A Wizard of Earthsea if you don’t think you can make it to the event! As soon as they come in we’ll ship it to you with a couple of additional little gifts. ^_^
Join the Facebook Group to discuss whether you can make it or not!