Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Planned for March 4 at Club Colette

Jennifer Cox, Development & Grants Coordinator 561.832.1776 x 14

Benefiting the Armory Art Center’s Artist-in-Residence programs

(PALM BEACH, FL) – It’s all about the hat.
Club Colette will be “brimming” with mad tea-partiers in jaw-dropping hats to raise funds for The Armory Art Center’s Artist-in-Residence programs. The Fourth Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 11:59 a.m., sharp!  Tickets for the luncheon are $195 each.  Sponsors for the luncheon are Wachovia Wealth Management, SALONTEA, Everyday Tiaras, Haute Hostess Aprons and Palm Beach Illustrated.

The Alice-in-Wonderland-themed tea party, rated in 2007 by the Palm Beach Post’s Thom Smith as “Palm Beach’s Best Luncheon Event,” is chaired once again by Annie Falk, Marie Samuels and Tracy Stern. Guests will be transported to the literary party of the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Cheshire Cat. During the luncheon, guests will bid on a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind handmade teapots crafted by local and national artists. Renowned designer and milliner Eric Javits will provide prizes for the most outrageous hats, with a first prize offered by Tiffany & Co.  In addition, Tiffany is also providing one of our raffle prizes, along with a “Best of Palm Beach” dining package from Palm Beach Illustrated worth $1,000, and the ultra-fashionable Haute Hostess Aprons by Elizabeth Scokin.

Following the luncheon, the teapots will be on display and for sale from March 6 - April 5 during an exhibit in the Armory’s Greenfield Gallery.

“The chairs always do a fabulous job with this tea party. I don’t know how, but each year’s event is more festive than the last!” said Armory board member Zelda Mason.

The money raised benefits Artist-in-Residence programs in ceramics, painting and drawing, sculpture, printmaking and jewelry. As a result of funding raised by this event, the Armory Art Center is able to offer artists from all over the country and beyond an opportunity to be a part of the Armory’s programming. The artists-in-residence work at the Armory Art Center for one year to evolve their portfolios. At the same time, the artists teach Armory students and learn from Armory faculty.

“This year our goal is to raise enough money to add Artist-in-Residence programs for youth programs and photography,” said event chairman Annie Falk, who also serves on the board of directors of the Armory Art Center.  “I have a lot of fun planning this event and even more fun attending it.” 


The Armory Art Center is a not-for-profit community-based visual arts center providing opportunities for individual growth, self-expression, increased awareness and appreciation of the arts through participation in studio, exhibition, lecture and other educational programs. The Center seeks to educate, enrich and engage a diverse population through the "experience of art," and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. For more information on the Armory Art Center and call 561.832.1776 ext. 21 or visit the Armory’s website at



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