High tea, history and hats at gallery’s Mad Potters party

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It’s tea time in Tomé again at the Tomé Art Gallery, where the public is invited to attend the Fifth Annual Mad Potters Tea Party from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 16.

Submitted photo: The Tomé Art Gallery’s 5th Annual Mad-Potters Tea Party will again host a hat contest to find the most creative, outrageous, funny and traditional hats in the county.

The event is a high tea, says Jan Pacifico, an artist at the gallery. She says one of the highlights of the event is the “amazing” food, which artists from the co-op prepare themselves.

Members will be whipping up scones, cucumber sandwiches, a myriad of fruit and other delicious delights, as well as unusual teas from the Republic of Tea.

This year, in conjunction with the party, which will be held in the wonderland garden of the neighboring historic Sedillo-Zamora house, will be a handmade doll show in the gallery, and a book signing by local historian B.G. Burr of his book “Los Lunas.”

The book is a historic view of Los Lunas and the surrounding area in a collection of 180 photographs.

“It’s really just a wonderful event,” says Pacifico. “They’ve made some really interesting dolls.”

Dolls in the show are made by local and outside artists in various mediums, such as cloth, clay and “everything in between.”

The gallery will also display a variety of tea wares for sale, such as pots and cups, as well as some of the teas being served.

Bringing entertainment from all sides, the owners of the Sedillo-Zamora house will be hosting an historic exhibit in the home, which, among other interesting artifacts, boasts an impressive collection of antique vestments that the original owner made for santos in local churches.

There will be soothing guitar music and singing to round out the high tea ambience and guests are encouraged to dress to the nines in their finest tea time attire, being sure, or course, to wear their best hats.

A signature of the gallery’s annual tea party is the hat contest, which is judged in five categories: most creative, most traditional, most outrageous, most funny and best of show.

Winners of the first four categories will receive a $20 gift certificate to the gallery and the best of show winner will receive a $25 gift certificate.

“People come with the most incredible hats,” Pacifico says.

There will be a raffle as well, and children are encouraged to attend the whimsical soirée with their parents.

The Tomé Art Gallery is at 2930 N.M. 47 between Los Lunas and Belen. For more information, contact the gallery at 505-565-0556.


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