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High Tea Gala will be held at Lynn Museum on May 11, hosted by Menervia Akers

Menervia Akers, right, of Lynn, who is planning the second Mother's Day Weekend High Tea at Lynn Museum, enjoys high tea with her friend Janice Cataldo, of Saugus. (Spenser R. Hasak)

LYNN — Derby-style hats, fine china, and a cellist; you can experience it all at the second annual Mother’s Day Weekend — High Tea Gala.

Hosted at the Lynn Museum by Menervia Akers, the Item‘s “Fashion Monger” columnist, the gala hopes to continue bringing sophisticated traditions to the community. Attending guests will enjoy finger sandwiches, a variety of pastries, and complimentary tea and champagne.

Tickets are $35 per person and are payable via check or money order to Menervia Akers, PO Box 288, Marblehead, MA 01945 or online at Eventbrite.

“To me, this gala is all about elegance, style, and being able to dress up,” the Lynn native said. “People don’t like to, or don’t have a reason to, dress up anymore, so this gives them that opportunity. Clothing really does make you feel good about yourself, no matter what is going on in your life.”

The concept for the gala was derived in January 2018 with help from former co-chair Marcia Chrysostom. Akers said she wanted to create an annual event to enrich the community with historic traditions. A high tea gala is a great way to draw togetherness by socializing with friends and family, she said.

Throughout the event, guests will enjoy Putt Putt 9 hole “TEE Time” mobile mini-golf in the courtyard, a special view of The Lynn Beach Painters gallery exhibit, a musical performance by Lynn’s own Julio Bare, and a set ambiance in the garden by Dave Cabral the cellist. Mistress of Ceremonies, the Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, of Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, will award a Mother of the Year, give an In Memoriam, and hand out an award for Most Stylish.

The best way to describe the kind of style for the gala? Your Sunday best, according to Akers.

“We need to live a well-balanced lifestyle,” said Akers. “We deserve the best and we need to allow ourselves time to socialize and soiree in style.”

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