THOMASVILLE — It’s almost tea time again.

The John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is busy preparing for its 47th annual auxiliary tea on April 12, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

This year’s venue is Hollywood Plantation, 1701 Old Monticello Rd., the home of Mike and Laura Shea.

“It’s quite a social event for a lot of people,” said Snookie Brown, tea publicity chair. “The plantation home has been refurbished and it is beautiful. The grounds are exquisite.”

Kathy Megahee, tea chair, said 12 different committees, including invitations and public relations, have been in place for years to make sure the event is a success.

“These ladies and gentlemen know what they are doing,” she said. “We have wonderful committees and they work hard.”

In 1925, a group of ladies began volunteering at Archbold and formed the auxiliary. In 1951, it became the women’s auxiliary and, after men joined in 1960, it was named the John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

The auxiliary tea began that same year as a fund raiser for hospital projects and is usually held at area plantations.

An interesting tidbit on this year’s tea is that Dell Watkins, a woman who once lived at Hollywood Plantation (then called Holly Hall) and hosted the first auxiliary tea, is traveling from California to attend the event.

Refreshments, tea and coffee will be available to guests and the first floor of the house and grounds will be open to the public for tours.

Parking at Hollywood Plantation is limited, but extra parking will be available at Glen Arven Country Club.

The tea is free but donations will be graciously accepted.

All proceeds raised from the event will go toward a cart to be used in the hospital parking lot for people who have trouble walking from their vehicles to the building and to put new furniture in the emergency room.

“We look forward to having a very large crowd join us for this special event,” said Megahee. “This annual tea is a part of the history of Thomas County and draws visitors not only from Thomasville and Thomas County, but surrounding communities, too. It’s a wonderful way to visit the plantation homes and just see a little bit of history and gain a bit of education on plantation life.”

For more information, contact Snookie Brown at 226-7032 or Kathy Megahee at 227-3125.

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