RANCHO SANTA FE — The De Anza Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution held a tea party Dec. 7 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Just a mention of “American revolution” and “tea party” creates images of rebellion and havoc in Boston Harbor, but this tea party was quite the contrary.
Fifty members gathered at the luxurious country club for the annual Christmas Tea that featured nationally acclaimed tenor Charles Johnson. “I first moved to Rancho Santa Fe back in the late 1980s and that was when I first heard Charles Johnson; I was so impressed,” Joanne Murphy, Regent for the local chapter, told her fellow members after the tea. “Then we lost track of him for about 10 years, as he was so busy with his career, but when he returned we’ve been having him every year for the past 10 years now. The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without him.”
Johnson debuted with the Chicago Lyric Opera and has entertained audiences at diverse venues such as La Scala in Milan, Italy, to the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville, Tenn. Local pianist Jim Thompson accompanied Johnson and together they created splendid music that brought Christmas carols and good tidings to all.
Prior to the event there was a silent auction to benefit programs sponsored by the NSDAR. The Daughters of the American Revolution continue the tradition of promoting patriotism, education and historic preservation.
For additional information about the DAR, or for information about membership, call Joanne Murphy at (760) 481-4434.
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