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Alicia Rhett Tribute Tea

December 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Alicia Rhett Tribute Tea to remember GWTW actress and artist
Terry Crane to be special guest

The Alicia Rhett Tribute Tea – coming in February – will remember an actress in one of the greatest films of all time who became an accomplished artist whose work is lauded and treasured.
Miss Rhett, who died in 2014 just shy of her 99th birthday, was discovered by David O. Selznick’s staff during their visit through the southern United States in 1936. She tested for the role of Melanie Wilkes and ultimately was given the part of Melanie’s sister-in-law, India Wilkes. “Gone With the Wind” was her only film.
Miss Rhett stopped seeking film work in 1941, returned to Charleston and made a career as an artist and radio announcer.
The Alicia Rhett Tribute Tea will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 from 3-5 p.m. at the Lone Oak Community Center, 4943 Lone Oak Road, Lone Oak, GA 30220. The community center was built around 1891 as the rural town’s school.
Lone Oak is located in north Meriwether County between Atlanta and Columbus.
Terry Crane, the widow of Fred Crane, who played Brent Tarleton and spoke the first words in “Gone With the Wind,” will be a special guest for the event. She will bring copies of her book, “Fiddle Dee Dee Recipes: A Taste of ‘Gone With The Wind.” An autographing session will be held during the tea.
Mrs. Crane reflected on the enduring popularity of “Gone With the Wind.” “It’s 80 years – and it’s still going. They must have done something right,” she said.
The event will include tea in china cups, an assortment of tea foods, a trivia contest and a silent auction featuring “Gone With the Wind” items and other prizes. There will be awards for the best hat and the best GWTW costume. Each attendee will also receive a memento to remember the festive event.
Newnan, Ga. Artist David Boyd and Coweta County educator Sallie Kight both had their portraits done in pastels by Alicia Rhett when they were children and will be at the tea. Boyd, who is now an artist himself, will paint a Southern themed painting during the tea.
The tea is a fundraiser for Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak. The historic church dates to the 1840s, and efforts are underway to make the current building – completed as Selznick’s blockbuster was being created – handicapped accessible. The film version of “Gone With the Wind” celebrates its 80th birthday in 2019.
Cost to attend the tea is $35 per person. Reservations may be made online at https://allenleeumc.weebly.com/tribute-tea.html or by check made to “Allen-Lee UMC” and sent to Winston Skinner, 60 Temple Ave., Newnan, GA 30263. A written acknowledgement will be sent, and seats reserved at the community center.

Copies of “Fiddle Dee Dee: Recipes A Taste of “Gone With The Wind” can also be reserved for $30 each with $10 from each book going to Allen-Lee’s building fund.

Seated is limited to 50.


December 2, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church

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