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Joan’s Tea Party to benefit scholarship fund

MONROE — The Monroe Arts Center is hosting Joan’s Tea Party at noon on Monday, Nov. 14. This fundraiser will benefit the Joan Horgan Memorial Scholarship Fund.  

Guests who attend Joan’s Tea Party will experience an array of delicious savory and sweet afternoon tea delicacies presented by Chef Shelley Rubitsky. The menu will include:

●  Cream Scones

●  Mini White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecakes

●  Mini Apple — Caramel Layer Cakes

●  Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies with Sea Salt

●  Finger Sandwiches (Smoked Salmon Rillettes, Cucumber & Cream Cheese, Turkey & Smoked Gouda)

●  Roasted Squash & Quinoa Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

●  Mini Corn Cakes with Romesco Sauce and Marinated Shrimp; and

●  Deviled Eggs & Ham

Chef Shelley Rubitsky is a Wisconsin Girl who has worked and traveled around the world. Her flavors are global, but with a Midwestern heart. Shelley prefers to use local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Her food is lively in freshness and flavor, thoughtful in its detail, and careful in its crafting.  

The event will also feature award-winning, Madison musician Beth Kille, as the Keynote Speaker. Beth will discuss her inspiring career as a musician. In addition to performing with the Beth Kille Band, she is also a member of the trio Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets and the band Kerosene Kites. When not performing, Beth serves as the Music Director/songwriting instructor for Girls & Ladies Rock Camp Madison. She is also the co-founder/producer of Flannel Fest, and the producer/engineer of her home studio. Beth has said that her mission in life is to “inspire all to embrace their creativity and build community through music.” Beth is a passionate and engaging performer and she is also a mom.

Proceeds from Joan’s Tea Party will provide scholarship funds to support students of all ages who wish to attend art and music classes at the Monroe Arts Center. The Joan Horgan Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to ensure that every child or adult who wishes to attend art or music classes at MAC will have the opportunity to do so regardless of their ability to pay tuition fees. As an art teacher, Joan understood the importance of providing every individual the opportunity to express themselves and develop their creativity.

Joan Horgan is the mother of Monroe Arts Center Executive Director, Kathy Hennessy. Joan established and for many years taught the art program at St. Louise de Marillac School located outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally funded by members of the MAC Board of Directors, The MAC Foundation Board of Directors, and the MAC Staff, The Joan Horgan Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor Joan’s artistic life and the creative impact she had on those around her.

The Monroe Arts Center offers scholarships to support individuals in their own creative exploration and expression. Joan’s Tea Party is $75 per person and $520 per an eight-person table.  

Visit or call 608-325-5700 to reserve a spot for this event.