The Wellesley Historical Society will be host Tea with Jeanie Goddard on Sunday, March 10, 3pm – 5pm at the Wellesley Community Center. At the event, the legendary retired Wellesley High School (WHS) English teacher will provide guests with a tea tasting and treats. Goddard, who taught at WHS 1967 – 2005, will also give a talk about the history of tea including its role in Wellesley.
Don’t expect sodden tea bags with unsightly strings hanging over chipped cups paired with mismatched saucers. Goddard knows how to do it up right. She embraced loose tea early on in life, and has since spread the gospel of a proper cuppa far and wide. As WHS’s 2001 graduation faculty speaker, she went so far as to suggest in the speech that if you drank tea, not only would you want for nothing, but you would never be picked up by the Wellesley police (I haven’t tested this theory, but just might for journalistic purposes). Then, Oprah-style, she directed the graduates to find the packet of Halmari Assam tea taped under each seat and asked them to brew a pot and enjoy it with family and friends.
Expect more such stories along with Goddard’s special blend of warmth and good humor at Tea with Jeanie.
Tickets are $25. Space is limited so please note the RSVP deadline of March 4, 2019.
In which Jeanie Goddard “Turns out the Lights in the old WHS auditorium before the school is razed
In which a named scholarship for Jeanie and Brooks Goddard is created by the trustees of the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation