Chita Johnson to speak Sunday at Museum Center tea party
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The Museum Center at Five Points will be hosting a Tea Party Sunday, 2 p.m. with author Chita Bacon Johnson.

The museum fundraiser will focus on the importance of property etiquette.

Mothers, daughters and grandmothers are invited to learn manners and dining etiquette while enjoying tea provided by Lacy Emporium.

Tickets are $20. To reserve a place call the Museum at 339-5745.

From Cleveland, Johnson said “experience is the key to greater understanding of anything” — including manners.

She wrote the book, Mother’s Manner,” about “how I acquired nice manners from my parents, especially my mother.

“this story depicts the value and importance of acquiring social etiquette form experience and practice on a daily basis. You will learn cellphone etiquette, social introduction, dining dos and don’ts, guidelines for dressing appropriately, ways to practice good posture and the importance of eye contact while talking to others.”

Johnson noted “People who practice having nice manners will gain confidence and self-esteem.”

While in high school, she was named to the local Teen Board while a sophomore.

“This honor gave me a reason to work at becoming graceful, walk with poise and exemplify proper social manners,” she said.

While representing Cleveland at parties and functions in Knoxville, she said she learned ho being “ladylike” was impressive in social situations.

She was a Cleveland Junior Miss contestant her junior year. “Even though I did not win, I enjoyed walking and talking with eloquence during training sessions.”

Her sophomore year of college, she was a debutant. She said both the Tenn Board and Debutante required a formal white gown, elbow-length white gloves and a formal presentation.

“I attended around 30 parties in the homes of the most prominent people of Cleveland the year I was a debutante,” she said. “It was exciting for me to learn how to dress properly for a party and socialize in an appropriate fashion.”

She will be sharing some of her experiences with local resident during the tea.

The Cleveland Boys and Girls Clubs has a summer program for the older girls on etiquette. The participants in the summer program were given a copy of Johnson’s book and were invited to the tea to meet her.

All proceeds from the tea will benefit the Museum Center’s mission.