Everybody experiences it – that embarrassing moment when you accept an invitation to a high-end dinner event, get all dolled up, graciously express your appreciation to the hosts, take your assigned seat at the table, and then suddenly realize you don’t know which fork to use! You inconspicuously glance around the table to catch a glimpse of the popular choice of utensil and hope that everyone else does not notice. Most of us have been there and done that! We have felt the panic and fear that someone will recognize the crack in our etiquette armor. This weekend the students at Tamassee DAR School will practice within the comfort of their own home which fork to use for the salad.
On Saturday, the campus banquet hall will be transformed by the Tennessee State Society Daughters of the American Revolution into a classy high-end restaurant with cloth table covers, breakable dishes and themed decorations for the annual Fine Dining event. The children look forward to this every year and it can almost be considered a Tamassee prom. All the children are putting the final touches on their formal attire. This year we have received donations of gently used formal gowns from DAR Chapters around the country, but typically the Tamassee DAR School Thrift Store is visited regularly as the children search for the perfect gown, suit, and accessories. They are practicing their best manners in preparation for the event. The young gentleman will nervously walk with each young lady, arm-in-arm to her table where they will assist her to her seat. Napkins will be placed in their laps along with their carefully folded hands while they patiently wait for the Tennessee Daughters to serve them chilled and sparkling white grape juice followed by every course of their formal meal. The children love this! There will be “please” and “thank yous” heard all evening long.
After the last of the dessert is eaten and all the bellies are satisfied, the banquet hall annex doors will open to a dance featuring a live DJ with spinning lights and a photo booth complete with costume masks.
At Tamassee DAR School, we love for the children to have exposure and be somewhat prepared for all the situations that await them outside our gates. From academic achievements to salad forks, our goal is to prepare them for success every step of the way.
Do you know of a child who could benefit from the programs and services available at Tamassee? We have openings for privately placed children and would love the opportunity to speak with those who have decision making responsibility for the children. Our educational programs prepare students for success through the high school level and our LifeBridge program will stay with them through college and beyond. Please contact the Tamassee DAR School Admissions Office at 864.944.1390 ext. 113 or visit our website at www.tdarschool.org for more information.