Vermillion will host ‘High Tea’ on April 17

Vermillion will host 'High Tea' on April 17 Women are invited to experience a "high time" at "High Tea" on Saturday, April 17, at Lacotah Hall in the Coyote Student Center on The University of South Dakota Campus in Vermillion.

Featured guest will be Alda Ellis, founder and president of Alda's Forever, of Little Rock, AR. Ellis developed, and later patented a technique that adheres a design to soap until the bar is credit card thin.

The product line now includes soaps, candles, silver home d�cor, gourmet food, stationery, books, music, in the "pink" items, and a personal care collection.

Ellis' company has grown to include three wholesale showrooms in Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago. In 2002, the company opened its first retail "franchise concept" store in Hot Springs, AR, in addition to an outlet store located in the company's headquarters in Little Rock. Ellis is also an author, speaker, art collector, and home renovator. She has published over 10 gift books for Harvest House Publishers and spends much of her time attending book signings and speaking to business and women's groups.

Her first trade book, Beyond Breast Cancer, is especially close to her heart. It shares stories of hope and courage from breast cancer survivors across the United States and includes Ellis' own story about how breast cancer touched her life first with the loss of her mother and then her personal battle against this terrible disease.

Also featured at High Tea is Ellen Diedrick, artist and author from Fargo, ND. Diedrick has a unique talent working with water colors, and has created original Red Hat Society works of art, along with wonderful note cards and greeting cards.

"High Tea" is the creation of Gloria Christopherson, owner of Nook 'n Cranny, a gift and decorative accessories business in downtown Vermillion.

"Last October, we organized our first 'Celebration of Women' event, featuring Girlfriend Wisdom author and artist, Jody Houghton," Christopherson said. "Despite months of preparation, we really didn't know exactly what to expect.

"I initially had been rather conservative, thinking that possibly if we had 100 people that wanted to be a part of this, that would be wonderful. And when we surpassed that, and then were at 350 and ultimately ended up with 370 people, I can't quite tell you what it felt like," she said. "We were just overwhelmed when women from 12 states traveled to be part of the celebration!"

A large percentage of the attendees will be members of Red Hat Society Chapters from around the region, but "High Tea" is not an exclusive Red Hat event. It is open to any woman who wants to experience an elegant three course High Tea, see a style show, be entertained by music and dance, receive a souvenir party favor, and just generally have a grand time.

High Tea will begin at 12:30 p.m., preceded by vendor booths, which will open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $33.17 per person, which includes all taxes. Advance ticket purchase is necessary and can be done by calling (605)624-4611 or by e-mail at

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