For those who haven't been to tea recently, it's time to brush up on your manners.

This year's theme for TEA 43206 is Royal Tea, as in a nod to aristocracy.

The ninth annual event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the German Village Guest House, 748 Jaeger St., owned by Darci Congrove and her husband, John Pribble.

Money raised will benefit the German Village Society's Fund for Historic Preservation, which pays for such items as directional signs, historic-house plaques and wayfinding signs. In previous years, funds went toward the Ohio Humanities Council Conference held in July. More projects are underway, Congrove said.

Advance tickets, available at germanvillage.com, are $75; tickets are $100 at the door.

Admission includes small bites of savory fare, tea, wine and desserts.

TEA 43206 started out making $10,000, only to increase every year. This year's estimated proceeds are $30,000 to $35,000, Congrove said.

"I was happy when it made $10,000, so it's bigger than anything I ever expected," she said.

"I do think people appreciate the historic-preservation aspect of it."

Other attractions include a 40-item silent auction, raffle, hat contest and costume contest.

Congrove said she's encouraging people to get creative, both with the hats and costumes.

Some have already pledged to arrive as Burger King, boxing promoter Don King and LeBron "King" James.

"They're interpreting it differently," Congrove said.

John Clark, who regularly attends the soiree, said he isn't sure what he will wear but plans to attend.

"It's always a great party," Clark said.

"It's always a lot of fun. It ranks right up there with Haus und Garten Tour weekend, in my mind."

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