Wendy Scheidt is the executive director of Leavenworth Main Street. In this Q5, she talks about Saturday's third Annual First City Tea.

Wendy Scheidt is the executive director of Leavenworth Main Street. In this Q5, she talks about Saturday’s third  Annual First City Tea.

Wendy, what is the third Annual First City Tea?
We are happy to present the third  Annual First City Tea. It is a creative and beautiful way to highlight many of our downtown businesses and incredibly talented local citizens. Twenty-three tables decorated in a variety of themes will transport the tea attendees to other places and times. Themes are varied – a Japanese tea table, a seaside retreat or a literary nod to “The Devil Wears Prada,” to name a few.
 
Who is sponsoring the event and what will the funds be used for?
We are thankful to Saint John Hospital as our presenting sponsor for the second year. We are also fortunate to have Home2 Suites, Queen’s Pantry Teas, CatTale Logistics and DeMaranville & Associate CPAs as elite sponsors. All proceeds are for the Leavenworth Main Street Program, a nonprofit whose sole purpose is to build economic development in Leavenworth.
Our organization plans and executes more than 40 different events throughout the year, all designed to encourage folks to come downtown to eat, shop, explore and live.
Through four committees, we work toward building a vibrant and prosperous downtown.
Be it promotions or historic preservation or downtown development of new businesses, we are working tirelessly toward the goal of promoting Leavenworth as the place to shop, dine, open a business or live.

When and where will the event be? How can people get tickets and find out more about the tea?
The third Annual First City Tea is Saturday at J.W. Crancer’s, 530 Delaware St. The doors open and the silent auction begins at 1 p.m. Afternoon tea will be served at 2 p.m. We are not selling tickets at the door. By purchasing your ticket in advance, you are guaranteed a seat at a lovely table. You can purchase tickets and choose your seat at the Leavenworth Main Street office, 416 Cherokee St. Call 913-682-3924 for more information. Tickets are $20.
 
What will be available at the event. What will be served at the tea? What will be available to bid on at the silent auction?
The third Annual First City Tea is a spectacle of creative table settings. We will have 23 unique and artfully set tables for attendees to see and sit. Themes are varied, but all represent the unique and creative community of Leavenworth and Lansing.  Edith Jones and Shirley Vandenbrink have assembled a beautiful silent auction. Local merchants outdid themselves this year. Merchant baskets, one-of-a-kind items and date night packages are available, all going to the highest bidder.
Music from local performers will play periodically through the afternoon. Of course, an afternoon tea is not complete without the delights of savory and sweet offerings catered by J.W. Crancer’s and local businesses. Of course, the tea, prepared with precision and grace by the team at Queen’s Pantry Teas, is the centerpiece of the offerings.
 
Why is this event a good way for people to support Leavenworth Main Street and the community?
Any time there is an opportunity to support your community you should do it. What Leavenworth Main Street does is somewhat intangible and to many invisible. We offer many social activities, monthly Alive After 5 events, the Free Summer Concert Series, Build-A-Bouquet and so much more. We sponsor and organize the veteran banner program, Banners of Honor, with VWF Post 56 as a partner. Economic development is a consistent and active portion of our program.
As we work with new business owners from “I have a dream” to opening their shop, to their grand opening and continued partnerships, Leavenworth Main Street believes in their commitment and wants to ensure their success, not to mention the constant promotion of the city of Leavenworth.
Our city has so much to offer our amazing small businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs, young professionals and dwellers of all ages living downtown and the surrounding communities.
– Rimsie McConiga