Olde English Tea Will Celebrate The 120 Years Of Historical English Heritage At St. Marks Episcopal Church In Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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St. Marks Episcopal Church is celebrating 120 years by hosting an Olde English Tea on November 8th from 3 to 5 pm. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the St. Marks Episcopal Church was built in 1894 and is the oldest church in Fort Dodge.

Olde English Tea

"This has been such a fun and exciting social event to plan. Everyone is looking forward to seeing our guest dressed in their finest and enjoying the selection of teas and food pairings." says Diane Burch, a St. Marks Episcopal Church member.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church became an organized parish in July 1855, fourteen years before Fort Dodge was incorporated. Two church structures, both of which were later destroyed by fire, were erected in various locations before the existing stone building at First Avenue South and Tenth Street was erected and dedicated in October, 1894.

The roots of the Episcopal Church go back to the Church of England. With this grand English heritage, a celebration with an Olde English Tea will help mark the 120th Anniversary. In attendance and participating in the celebration will also be Bishop Alan Scarfe, who was born in Bradford located in Yorkshire, England.

A grand selection of teas will be served. The selection includes Youthberry/Wide Orange Blossom which is a delicate white tea, Maharaja Chai Oolong/Samuran Chi Tea delivers an aroma of a robust chai, Golden Monkey is a top Chinese black tea from the Fujian province and Darjeeling de Triomphe is considered the most coveted "Champagne of Tea".

Each of the teas will be paired with specialty desserts and delicate finger sandwiches. All will be prepared and served by the Iowa Central Community College Culinary Arts. Proceeds from the Olde English Tea will be donated to the class for their annual trip to the Chicago Food Trade Show.

Guests will be greeted and introduced in fine English fashion upon arrival to a beautifully decorated tea room filled with antique tea pots and decor. All are encouraged to don their Downton Abbey inspired finest dress to add to the entertainment of the event.

"This has been such a fun and exciting social event to plan. Everyone is looking forward to seeing our guest dressed in their finest and enjoying the selection of teas and food pairings." says Diane Burch, a St. Marks Episcopal Church member.

The Olde English Tea is reserve limited seating only. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 515-573-8423, emailing your request to stmarkshightea(at)gmail(dot)com or by mailing your request and payment to Jane Martin at PO Box 292, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

St. Marks Episcopal Church is located at 1001 1st Avenue South, Fort Dodge, IA 50501 with services every Sunday morning at 9:00 am. More information is available at http://www.stmarksfd.org or calling 515-576-2019.

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