The Alicia Rhett Tribute Tea will remember an actress in one of the greatest films of all time who became an accomplished artist whose work is lauded and treasured.
The Alicia Rhett Tribute Tea will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Lone Oak Community Center, 4943 Lone Oak Road, Lone Oak, GA 30220. The community center was built in 1891 as the rural town’s school.
Lone Oak is located in north Meriwether County between Atlanta and Columbus.
The event will include tea in china cups, an assortment of tea foods, a trivia contest and a silent auction featuring “Gone With the Wind” items and other prizes. There will be awards for the best hat and the best GWTW costume. Each attendee will also receive a memento to remember the tribute tea.
Terry Crane, the widow of Fred Crane, who played Brent Tarleton and spoke the first words in “Gone With the Wind,” will be a special guest for the
event. She will bring copies of her book, “Fiddle Dee Dee Recipes: A Taste of 'Gone With The Wind.” An autographing session will be held during the tea.
Mrs. Crane reflected on the enduring popularity of “Gone With the Wind.” "It’s 80 years – and it’s still going. They must have done something right,” she said.
Newnan, Georgia, artist David Boyd and Coweta County educator Sallie Kight both had their portraits done in pastels by Alicia Rhett when they were children and will be at the tea. Boyd, who is now an artist himself, will paint a Southern themed painting during the tea.
The tea is a fundraiser for Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak. The historic church dates to the 1840s, and efforts are underway to make the current church – built the same year Selznick’s blockbuster was first screened – handicapped accessible. The film version of “Gone With the Wind” celebrates its 80th birthday in 2019.
Cost to attend the tea is $35 per person. Reserve your seat now. Pay online by clicking the "buy now" button below. A small surcharge will apply.
Or, if you prefer, checks made to “Allen-Lee UMC” may be sent to Winston Skinner, 60 Temple Ave., Newnan, GA 30263. A written acknowledgement will be sent, and seats reserved at the community center.
Copies of “Fiddle Dee Dee Recipes” at $30 each may also be reserved for autographing at the tea. From the sale of each book, $10 will go to the church building fund.
The deadline to register is Tuesday, Jan. 22, at noon.