Savor the sweetness of Jane Austen tea

<p>Jane Austen Society member Marty Lemke, shown at the 2011 event, will speak about the English author at this year's tea. Submitted photo</p>

SEAVIEW, Wash. - The Shelburne Inn will hold a tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in honor of Jane Austen's birthday. On the menu will be three sweet and three savory morsels, scone or muffin and a bottomless cup of tea.

This is the third year the inn has celebrated the famed author with a traditional English tea. Period clothing is encouraged but not required. Astoria pianist Jennifer Goodenberger will play the grand piano, "Gloria," with a planned repertoire of period pieces for this themed event. Marty Lemke, of Ocean Park, Wash., a member of the international Jane Austen Society, will present a brief talk about the life and times and writings of Jane Austen.

Reservations are required and seating is limited to about 45 people. The cost of the tea is $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For the menu selections, visit One of the usual menu items is a traditional English "sticky toffee pudding," which innkeeper Laurie Anderson reports "is very delicious."

The Shelburne Inn is located at 4415 Pacific Way and can be reached at 360-642-2442.



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