Downton Abbey Tea to benefit WYES _lowres

Photo provided by WYES -Members of the committee planning the fundraiser ‘An Afternoon With WYES — Downton Abbey Tea’ hold some auction items that will be available at the event, which is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5531 St. Charles Ave. Shown are, front, event chairwoman Jean Rice; second row, Faith Peperone, Sandra Chaisson; third row, Teresa Guzzetta, Constance Cowart, Teri Wittenburg; fourth row, Heidi Dugan; and back, Virginia Blanque, Diane Hollis and Barbara Ballard.

Local PBS station WYES will have a fundraiser, “An Afternoon With WYES — Downton Abbey Tea,” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5531 St. Charles Ave., the home of Jennifer Heebe. There will be a silent auction and costumes are optional. Tea ticket is $100.

The event is preceded by a patron Champagne reception from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Patron ticket is $175.

“Downton Abbey” is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.

Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic and the Marconi scandal in the second series; the interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series; and the United Kingdom general election of 1923 and the Beer Hall Putsch in the fifth series.

For tickets, contact WYES at (504) 486-5511. For event information, contact WYES events manager Sharon Snowdy at (504) 486-5511, ext. 286.