GALLIPOLIS — Miss Ohio USA will speak and read to families at Bossard Memorial Library during the Winter Queen’s Tea event this Sunday.
The event is open and free to all members of the public. It will run from 2 to 4 p.m.
Megan Wise, a native of Gallipolis and a first-grade teacher at Meigs Primary School in Pomeroy, took the title of Miss Ohio USA in mid-November 2015. According to Debbie Saunders, director of Bossard Memorial Library, Wise places a heavy emphasis on literacy and reading for her students, as well as those of all ages.
“People can expect a traditional afternoon tea,” Saunders said. “This was such a good pairing for the library because Megan Wise, as a Gallia County resident, is a teacher and has a love of literacy and reading and sharing of knowledge. It’s a perfect pairing that we have someone in this position that can be an ambassador for that. We want to celebrate what she’s accomplished while promoting reading and literacy.”
Saunders said that they are prepared to serve all ages. Some of the younger attendees may not like tea, so hot chocolate and punch will also be available.
“People can dress for the tea in a little bit fancier attire, if they’d like,” Saunders said. “However, we don’t want that to be a deterrent to someone who’d like to attend, so it isn’t necessary. We are going to turn our Riverside Room into a winter wonderland. It will be a very winter-esque theme.”
Saunders said that attendants will hear a brief history of traditional tea-drinking practices, as well as table etiquette during such events.
“We’ll bring Megan Wise to the stage during the event,” Saunders said. “She’s actually going to do two readings for us — two winter selections. I think no matter what age, everyone loves to read to and that never really goes away.”
Saunders said Wise would share “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and “Sneezy the Snowman” by Maureen Wright. Wise will also share tales of her “journey to the crown.” Crowd members will be allowed to take photos with Wise after she completes her presentation.
The library will also be hosting an adult coloring event, with refreshments, at 9 a.m. Saturday. Saunders invites members of the community to come “make new friends” and enjoy refreshments. The library will provide all materials needed to participate.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, ext. 2103.