PERU — French Resistance heroine Nancy Grace Augusta Wake indulged in a cup of tea here recently.
The “White Mouse” of World War II fought with the underground in occupied France, hid downed allies and helped them reach safety in Spain.
Wake, who died in 2011, is credited with saving hundreds of lives.
Lee Ann Thomas assumed her identity at the 12th-annual Tea with Famous Ladies, hosted recently by the Psi chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society in the Peru Community Church Fellowship Hall.
The afternoon was filled with tea and laughter, as 11 women entertained guests in the guise of ladies who made a mark in history.
Anne Bailey, a Tea Committee member since the event was first held in 2002, said it is so popular they don’t need to advertise anymore. The 100 tickets sell every year within a couple of weeks.
“We didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into or how much it would grow,” she said. “It turned into something spectacular.”
Psi Chapter President Sue Kenoyer has participated for all 12 years and said this year’s event had very different people taking part than in the past.
“You lose yourself in their stories,” said Karen Butters, who is second vice president of the statewide Delta Kappa Gamma Society. “You feel like you’re really talking to them.”
This was the second time she attended, but this year, she brought a couple of friends, as well.
The event is unique, Butters said, because it teaches about key women in history in a theatrical way.
It’s this variety of women portrayed and the creative way they go about teaching the guests that makes the tea so successful, she said.
This year’s tea — the most diverse ever, organizers said — had volunteers from the Northern Adirondack Central School Junior National Honor Society who served tea, sandwiches and dessert, as well.