Tiaras, glass slippers, ball gowns and more are perfectly appropriate attire for The Museum’s upcoming Princess Tea Party fundraiser on Saturday at 106 Main St. in Greenwood.
There are two seatings — 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — for 50 guests each.
Come dressed as your favorite princess and have your photo taken in part of The Museum’s collection, a Cinderella carriage built in 1953.
Try on a glass slipper, make a princess craft, listen to the Cinderella story and enjoy a delicious tea party. You may also purchase a chance to win a tiara.
Nickie Murphy, The Museum’s program director, said this is the second time for this fundraiser.
“We first did it in 2017 and we sold out,” Murphy said. “That year, the Cinderella carriage in our collection was part of an exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the South Carolina Festival of Flowers. Marion Smith, our exhibit coordinator, restored the carriage for that exhibit. Girls kept coming in The Museum and wanted to get in it. So, we decided to have a princess tea party where they could have their picture made sitting in the carriage. That’s what birthed the idea.”
The carriage has been part of The Museum’s collection for years.
It was built in 1953 for use in a themed flower show by the Greenwood Federation of Garden Clubs in October of that year. The carriage was built under the direction of a Susie Mathews Abney, by Abney Mills employees, including carpenters and mechanics, in the shop of Grendel Mill, according to past Index-Journal coverage.
It was previously restored in the late 1980s by the Leadership Greenwood Class of 1988-89, in cooperation with The Museum and was an entry in the 1988 Greenwood Christmas Parade.
“At the Princess Tea Party, there will be finger sandwiches and fruit and cupcakes and lemonade,” Murphy said. “A tiara will be raffled off at each seating and there will be a refreshment station for parents, too. People have asked us to do this again and bring out the carriage. Little ones love to dress up like their favorite princesses.”
Dusty McGee-Anderson, a board member for The Museum and Railroad Historical Center, is reprising her role as Fairy Godmother for the tea party.
“I enjoyed it so much the first time that I volunteered again,” McGee-Anderson said. “It’s so much fun. I really encourage people who haven’t been in The Museum in years to check it out. It has changed and updated and admission is free.”
McGee-Anderson said fun fundraising ideas such as this get the public involved with The Museum and Railroad Historical Center and help provide funding for exhibits and more.
McGee-Anderson said she worked some thrift store magic with a wedding dress she found two years ago for her fairy godmother costume she wore to the tea party.
“I have a new dress and I have a glue gun,” McGee-Anderson said. “We will see what the fairy godmother can create.”