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Weekend Life

Benefit tea in Elmhurst to feature dramatic reviewer's performance

Dramatic book reviewer Jenny Riddle will present “Catherine the Great” at a spring tea benefit. The deadline to register for the elaborate tea is April 5.
Dramatic book reviewer Jenny Riddle will present “Catherine the Great” at a spring tea benefit. The deadline to register for the elaborate tea is April 5.

ELMHURST – Dramatic book reviewer Jenny Riddle will be part of the 21st annual spring tea presented at 12:30 p.m. April 13 by the Women of Bethel at Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst.

The event features a full tea menu in an elegant setting, followed by Riddle’s one-woman show, “Catherine the Great.” In her presentations, Riddle motivates, educates and entertains audiences with her unique interpretations of best-selling books in which she becomes the characters telling their real-life stories, a news release stated. For more than 15 years, she has been delighting audiences with her captivating style of storytelling. At the end of each review, she also shares her current favorite reads.

Tickets cost $25 and must be purchased no later than April 5. Seating is limited. Tickets for the program only at 1:45 p.m. cost $10 at the door. For ticket information, call 630-834-6254. Guests are invited to wear hats to tea. The benefit is held in the church’s Welcome Center at 315 E. St. Charles Road (bethel-ucc.org).

Church facilities are fully accessible and parking is available behind the church. One should enter from St. Charles Road or from Huntington Lane off Poplar.

A portion of the proceeds from the spring tea helps support the Elmhurst Shoe Fund, a Women of Bethel-administered program, which, so far in the 2018-19 school year, has provided more than $2,085 in vouchers for 22 families in Elmhurst schools to purchase footwear for their children. Rotary Club of Elmhurst and First United Methodist Church are also major contributors, and a number of other local churches, service clubs and individuals give to the Elmhurst Shoe Fund.

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