No tea party is complete without cucumber sandwiches.
Bill Curlis can tell you that.
The elegant treats pair the veggies with cream cheese and herbs on standard bread.
They will be part of the fare at the fourth annual TEA 43206, a party to benefit historic preservation. It is slated for 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the German Village Guest House, 748 Jaeger St.
"The key to these things is not to make the bread soggy, so you have to slice the cucumbers very thin," said Curlis, a member of the German Village Society Board of Trustees.
The sandwiches are part of the many indulgences at the party, which also will offer an abundance of homemade small plates, tea, champagne and other libations.
Tickets are $75 in advance and available at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St., or at germanvillage.com. They are $100 each at the door.
Darci Congrove and her husband, John Pribble, will host the soiree, formerly known as Tea 4 2: Two Hundred for Tea.
Congrove, also a member of the German Village Society board, said organizers have gathered almost 50 items for a silent auction planned for the tea, ranging from wine to sports tickets and jewelry.
And then there are the hats. Those in attendance will vie for recognition for the best hat.
"The community support is greater than ever, which will make this year's party the absolute best," Congrove said.
The party, which has consistently grown over the years, raised $25,000 last year. Some of the money already has been used, for example, to digitize historical archives. Underway this summer, the society will sketch out a major sign program that will help tell the neighborhood's story.
Sarah Marsom, historic preservation advocate with the society, said TEA 43206 has become an iconic German Village event.
She said that "creating innovative events to unite neighbors for a common cause is integral to both maintaining the German Village Historic District's character and neighborhood vibrancy."
"Contrary to common perception, preservation can be fun," she said. "German Village has a legacy of making preservation more than just about saving a beautiful old building. Preservation unifies the community."