WOLFEBORO – Henry Ford, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Anne Franke and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek will be among eight “special guests” at the Second Annual Historical Figures Tea to be held at the Clark House Barn, Wolfeboro this Sunday, August 18.
Sponsored by the Wolfeboro Historical Society, this limited-seating event was such a big hit last summer that two seatings are planned this year, one in the afternoon from 2-4 pm, and the second after dinner, from 7-9 pm.
Collectively the lives of these famous people span over two and half centuries from the 1700s to the late 1900s.
They will be portrayed by community members including Alan Harding as Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company; Barbara Wilson as Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, wife of Chiang Kai-Shek, leader of Nationalist China; David Owen as Governor John Wentworth, the last Royal Governor of New Hampshire, Patricia Lord (afternoon) and Katy O’Meara Keough (evening) as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, wife of US President John Kennedy and Greek Shipping Tycoon Aristotle Onassis; Charles Horsken as Joshua Haines, an eighteenth-century blacksmith and founder of Haines Hill Farm; Joy Perkins as Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945); Todd Neff as British General James Wolfe, for whom Wolfeboro was named in 1759, and Rose Guttman as Anne Franke, the fifteen-year-old Dutch-Jewish girl who wrote the World War II Holocaust account “The Diary of Anne Franke.”
They will share their stories, rotating among eight tables where guests will be enjoying light refreshments, iced tea and wine samples provided by local businesses including Butternuts Good Dishes, La Boca Bakery and Restaurant, Winnipesaukee Winery and the Yum Yum Shop. Flower arrangements donated by Branch and Bloom and Linda Siracusa, and linens by Divine Inspirations are appreciated at what promises to be an inspiring afternoon and evening.
Tickets for the event are $22 and available at Black’s Paper Store on Main Street.
Proceeds benefit the Wolfeboro Historical Society which is a 501C-3 non-profit organization.