It's tea time in Crawfordsville.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the 6th Annual Holiday High Tea & Fashion Show returns to the Elston Homestead and the Dorothy Q Chapter DAR House. This event allows ticket holders a rare chance to see two of Crawfordsville's most prestigious historic homes and enjoy holiday merriment, while supporting the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum and the local chapter of the DAR.

The Elston Homestead, located on Pike Street, was the childhood home of Susan Elston Wallace. The house, now home to Wabash College President, Patrick White, and his wife, Chris, will be decorated for the holiday season by Milligan's Flowers & Gifts. Event goers can also enjoy an interactive fashion show featuring local models and fashions from local boutique heathcliff. High tea will be served, complete with coffee, sweets, and savory snacks provided by Bon Appétit and others. Door prizes, generously provided by local merchants, will be awarded throughout the afternoon. Visitors can also enjoy live holiday music. The fashion show will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the door prizes will be distributed between 4 to 6 p.m.

The Dorothy Q Chapter DAR House, located on Wabash Avenue, was once the home of Isaac Elston II, brother to Susan Wallace. The popular "Making Spirits Bright" Holiday wreath sale will return again this year. Local artists and designers have created unique holiday wreaths that will be available for purchase, beginning at 4 p.m. These wreaths make great gifts for loved ones, business associates, or clients! The DAR House will be decorated with live greenery and other seasonal décor. Several varieties of holiday punch will be served, which is new to the event this year.

The DAR House will also feature a Vera Bradley boutique. Attendees will be able to browse and purchase Vera Bradley items as well as other wonderful gifts and home décor. Local merchant Homestead Greetings & Gifts is providing this special opportunity. The boutique will open at 3:30 p.m.

"Our Holiday High Tea has become a popular way to welcome in the holiday season," said Larry Paarlberg, Museum Director. "The museum is fortunate to have such willing and generous organizations, including the DAR, Wabash College, and other local businesses, support our event."

The event is open to one and all. Invitations are not needed but reservations are required. Guests are encouraged to make a full day of the event and support Crawfordsville's local businesses, by visiting quaint antique shops and unique stores throughout the afternoon or enjoying a special lunch at one of Crawfordsville's local restaurants.

Guests can also make plans to attend "The Nutcracker" performed by the Sugar Creek Players at the Vanity Theater at 7:30 p.m. The play will run Dec. 7-9 and 14-16. For more information about the play, please visit

Reservations for the Holiday High Tea & Fashion Show are $25 per person and due by Dec. 5. To reserve places for you and your guests, call the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum at 362-5769. Proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum and the Dorothy Q Chapter DAR.