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 The second annual Famous Ladies’ Tea will be held on Sunday, March 16th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased in advance from Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, 1915 Fifth Avenue, Troy, N.Y. The women portrayed in this year’s event will be:

Anne Bradstreet, a Massachusetts Bay Colony poet who was the first woman to have her work published in the New World

Coco Chanel, a French designer of perfumes and fashions for women

Esther, a young Persian woman who risked her life to serve God and save her people

Frida Kahlo, a Mexican woman who overcame a serious, debilitating accident to become an influential painter

photo_1 (2)Gertrude Stein, an American ex-patriot, writer and patron of the arts in Paris

Kate Mullaney, an activist and co-founder of the Collar Laundry Union

Mary Harriman Rumsey, a privileged debutant who became a social reformist

Nefertiti, a consort of a pharaoh most noted for establishing monotheism in Egypt

Sarah Bernhardt, an actress who gained international fame with performances in Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Australia and the Middle East.

Event co-chair and former Executive Director Barbara Wyman states, “Last year’s tea was awesome, and this year’s is guaranteed to be even better. I’m excited about the cast of famous ladies that will be portrayed and the intriguing information that they will share!” Co-chair Susan Perkins points out that “we are honoring Women’s History Month
(March) and, of course, raising funds to support literacy services in Rensselaer County.”

A silent auction will include items from area retailers, artisans, restaurants and service providers. All proceeds from this event will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County. LVORC depends on special events to raise much-needed funds to support our programs and services, all of which are offered free of charge to learners in Rensselaer County and the “gateway” communities of Cohoes and Watervliet.

The Famous Ladies’ Tea is made possible by our donors and sponsors, including the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy;   E. Stewart Jones, Jr.;  Cohoes Savings Foundation; Gettysburg Flag Works; IBT Hamilton; and Aflac.  More information is available online at, or call 518 274-8526.

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