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Saturday, March 8, 4 p.m. CHAMPAGNE AFTERNOON TEA with Carol Wallace Co-author of “To Marry a Lord” the book that helped inspire the PBS Masterpiece series, “Downton Abbey.” Enjoy a delectable selection of traditional sandwiches, savouries, pastries, and scones together with fine teas and champagne cocktails. Full dress or servants livery invited. In an audio-visual presentation, Guest speaker Carol Wallace will share the historical phenomenon of rich American women who married English aristocrats in the last quarter of the nineteenth century – like Cora Grantham, wife of Downton Abbey’s Lord Grantham. She’ll explain the underlying conditions that made these marriages appealing to both American girls and to English men. Learn about real-life cases including Jennie Jerome, Winston Churchill's mother, and Mary Leiter, who is one of the models for Cora. In a January 24 letter to the editor of the New York Times Fellowes said, “Cora Grantham (played by Elizabeth McGovern) was the first character of ‘Downton’ to be imagined, thanks to Ms. MacColl and Ms. Wallace.” Book signing to follow. Only books purchased at The Silo may be personalized. Proof of purchase required. Open Seating $75. Patron Tickets: $125 (includes reserved seating, Museum Open House and Champagne Toast with author Carol Wallace from 2 to 3 p.m.). $250 Silver Level (includes all of the above plus a personalized signed copy of “To Marry a Lord,” and Tea Basket). $500 Underwriter (includes special recognition plus all of the above). Tickets will be held at the door. To benefit Hunt Hill Farm’s ongoing community and educational programs.