Around Town: Richardson to share tea knowledge in new book venture

June 06, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

Plans that have been brewing for some months are about ready to be served up.

Bruce Richardson, owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, has signed an agreement with The National Trust of England for the publication of "The New Tea Companion." He and noted British tea expert Jane Pettigrew, will work together on the book.

The new book will be a connoisseur's guide to teas from around the world. An earlier book covered about 25 teas. The new book, due out in March, will cover about 100 teas.

As Richardson said, "It appears that the British have finally forgiven the colonies for that impromptu 'tea party' held in Boston Harbor in 1773."


He has already begun work on the book, still finding time to run Elmwood Inn tea room with his wife, Shelley.

Richardson describes the book as "an indispensable tool for tea shops and tea lovers."

Readers will find descriptions of each tea, such as flavor, aroma and brewing hints. Accompanying photographs will show tea leaves before and after brewing and the brewed tea in a cup.

Richardson is using photographs from his recent trip to tea gardens in Sri Lanka as well as taking pictures of teas from such places as Georgia in Russia.

Pettigrew, known as "The First Lady of Tea," is no stranger here. Last year, she was at the inn in Perryville to talk about her "A Social History of Tea."

In addition to co-authoring "The New Tea Companion," Richardson also is involved in the publishing. Benjamin Press, Elmwood Inn's publishing division, will be the American publisher and distributor. There are also plans to put out German and French editions.

Stick around GABBF for striking the set

One of the least watched activities at the Great American Brass Band Festival, but to me very entertaining, is the striking of the set. Maybe it appeals to me because I like to watch other people work.

This year it will be worth your while to hang around Sunday after the official program is over.

There will be a Battle of the Bands at 6 p.m. on the porch of Old Centre. Two Civil War style bands -- Saxton's Cornet Band and Federal City Band -- will "fight it out" while the hard-working cleanup crew does its battling with the stage, backdrop and sound system.

Let's hope the North and South don't get too heated up. Old Centre stood through one Civil War; it doesn't need another.

Cicadas not expected for festival

What's on the minds of those planning to attend the Great American Brass Band Festival?

The widely-touted year of the cicada was buzzing around as a possible problem for one person. The Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau office received a call asking just how bad the cicada "infestation" was here. The caller didn't want to come if the insects would be flying around and making all that noise, which a Web site described as "ticks, buzzes and whines."

So, who do you call to find out the answer to that sort of question? The local agriculture extension agent, of course. Jerry Little advised visitor center receptionist Carolyn Crabtree that he didn't expect cicadas to interfere with the band festival.

Where there's a will, there's a riding lawn mower

Jason Turpin of Danville is living proof that where's there a will, there's a way.

He likes going to the Gathering Place, the local Senior Citizens Center by whatever means. Friday, he showed up on his riding lawn mower.

He decided to take the wheel in his own hands after he got tired of waiting for his wife to take him to the center and bring him back. He just put the blade up on the mower and rode down the street.

Relay for Life starts June 18

There are a lot of teams gearing up in Danville and Boyle County for the Relay for Life set for 6 p.m. June 18 until 6 a.m. June 19.

The Advocate has two teams and we also are having a "fun event" from 6:30- 8 p.m. at our tent. This is your invitation to join in.

First, it's another way to raise money to fight cancer. Secondly, it's a way to have some fun.

We're holding a watermelon seed-spitting contest. The person who can spit a seed the farthest wins a prize. (We're still deciding what the prize will be.)

The seed-spitting contest is free. However, we're selling watermelon for $1 a slice with the money going to Relay for Life fund-raising efforts. (No outside seeds allowed.)

A few colleagues have agreed to help me out and other members of the Advocate staff will also be there for you to meet.

Stop by for some old-fashioned summer fun, munching watermelon, spitting seeds and shootin' the breeze.

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