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WSRE Presents Linen and Lace – A Ladies Tea Inspired
by Downton Abbey April 28

Pensacola, Fla. — Fans of the PBS smash-hit television program Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey, will soon get to share in a grand experience celebrating all of the excesses of the beloved drama. WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, is hosting its annual tea party with a theme of “Linen and Lace – A Ladies Tea Inspired by Downton Abbey” on Sunday, April 28, 2013, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Country Club. The afternoon event will be a re-creation of a garden party at the now famous English country estate Highclere Castle, which is the setting for much of Downton Abbey. Luxury and decadence will be the order of the afternoon as was so prevalent among the aristocratic set during the Edwardian era in England. After all, the Dowager Countess herself said, “Nothing succeeds like excess!” Afternoon tea will be served featuring scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and your choice of tea or bubbly. A special presentation by costume historian Ann Beth Presley, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Auburn University, will give guests special insight into the vintage fashions of the era. Guests are also encouraged to dress in fashions ranging from the Edwardian era (1901-1919) to the Roaring 20s. Music to be performed by Katie Ott, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Harpist. Chairing this year’s public television fundraiser is longtime community volunteer, Dona Usry. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling (850) 484-1054 during business hours — seating is limited. All proceeds benefit the mission of the public broadcasting TV station.

The fundraiser is sponsored by Gulf Power Co., Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Republic National Distributing Co., Cox Communications, Pensacola News Journal/Bella Magazine, WEAR ABC-3/WFGX, Dlux Printing.

About WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast
WSRE is a PBS member station that is locally owned and licensed to the Pensacola State College Board of Trustees operating as a service of Pensacola State College. The public broadcasting station has been serving the needs of the Gulf Coast community through programming, educational services and outreach since 1967. WSRE produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of its audience. The Educational Services unit for WSRE serves as the connection to teachers, parents, caregivers and children to extend the rich resources found in public television. For more information about WSRE, its services, programs or available resources, visit


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