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  • High Tea takes place

  • Over 100 residents of The Hideout turned out recently to enjoy tea and other goodies at the first ever High Tea at the community's Lodge.
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  • - Over 100 residents of The Hideout turned out recently to enjoy tea and other goodies at the first ever High Tea at the community's Lodge.
    The High Tea originated in Victorian England, as a way for exquisitely dressed members of the upper class, to bridge the gap between lunch and the late dinner meal explained Michael Krakow, a member of the community's social group, who sponsored the event.
    He added that the High Tea was a way to, "mitigate that hunger." It was typically reserved for the upper class, he said, because they were the only ones who weren't working. There was a time when The Hideout held High Teas, but for an unknown reason, Krakow said the event stopped.
    The social group often sponsors various activities that include trips or gatherings and he said the High Tea was an attempt to replicate the historic event, with several women wearing unique hats that they may not otherwise normally wear.
    Others also provided their own teapots and the food became more than just pastries and croissants, Krakow said, because the food and beverage manager George Gerhart went, "way beyond my expectations," providing a full luncheon.
    Krakow initially expected between 50 to 60 people, instead, he estimated nearly 120 were in attendance. Now, Krakow hopes for the event to continue annually with guests similar to harpist Barbara Dexter who performed several melodies on a concert harp.
    Krakow heard Dexter perform at a venue in Scranton and he said her performance was perfect for the High Tea. A semi-retired nurse, Dexter spoke about the harp and gave a brief overview of how to play the instrument.
    For years, she worked in the intensive care unit and before she began playing therapeutic music, she wanted to find a way to combine her passion for medicine and music. With a five pound, small 22 stringed levered harp, she now plays bedside for hospice patients and neonatal babies.
    The harp, she said, is the only instrument known to man that vibrates at the same frequency as the whole human body. The music, she said, is good for the patients and the staff who have told her how peaceful the music is and that its like 10 milligrams of Valium.
    But, her main reason for playing, she said, is because of an accident her husband was in and after playing for him, she saw how it positively helped him through his recovery. When she plays, she said, people respond differently: some people listen, others fall asleep and some cry.
    At the High Tea, there were attendees listening, rocking with the rhythms and a fair number asleep. As for how people respond, Dexter said, "anything goes with the harp."
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