Butte's Clark Chateau Mansion tea party helps the needy


BUTTE, Mont. - Butte's Historical Clark Chateau Mansion will be hosting its annual fundraising tea party this Saturday.

The event is called "Drink of the Wise: A Midsummer Night's Tea Party."

A portion of funds raised will go to the Caring Aid Fund of the St Patrick and Immaculate Conception Parishes, a program funded by donations to help the needy in the community.

The evening's entertainment includes presentations about kintsugi and wabi-sabi, two Japanese art forms. They will be presented by the Chateau's interns.

Another group will present a talk on the connection between tea and feminism.

Callison Stratton, the program manager of the Chateau, says the event is reflective of Butte's historical and current diversity.

She says the event is all about bringing community members together.

"Preserving places like the Chateau here in Butte are so important to keeping the cultural heritage of this town going and giving people a sense of ownership of their history and a sense of community," Stratton said.

She estimates 125 guests will show up on Saturday. Tickets are $40 and are almost sold out. Any remaining tickets will be available at the front door of the Chateau Mansion at 321 W. Broadway St.

The event starts at 6 p.m., and doors will open at 5:30 p.m.