Have tea and scones with the Charleston Silver Lady

If you appreciate the history of fine silver of the early 1900s, you will want to make a reservation for the March 10 benefit presentation by the Charleston Silver Lady, Dawn Corley, at Laura's Tea Room in Ridgeway, SC.

The special presentation will include 100 gorgeous pieces from Corley's extensive collection, including the personal silver from John C. Calhoun. A delicious assortment of scones and hot teas will be served.

A descendant of one of Charleston's colonial silversmiths, Corley has spent a lifetime collecting and gathering silver from South Carolina. Her particular focus is in 18th and 19th century Charleston silver.

A sought-after lecturer, Corley has given presentations to U. S. presidents, the Pentagon, at the Family Circle Cup, and hundreds of other groups. She has been featured in such magazines as Southern Lady, National Geographic, Veranda, and South Carolina Home and Garden. She has also been featured on subjects related to her antiques on local and national television, including HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk."

Corley's collection contains more than 5,000 historic objects linked to a low country family or plantation. A portion of her collection has been featured in an exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum. Due to popularity, the exhibit was extended twice.

A former fellow with the Charleston Antiques School and an expert in fine jewelry, Corley appraised the jewelry found in the H.L. Hunley, a Civil War submarine, after it was raised from the Charleston harbor. Her findings were published in Blue Light Magazine. The presentation to benefit the hospital foundation is March 10, 2013, from 3-4 p.m. at Laura's Tea Room in Ridgeway, S.C. Preregistration is recommended due to limited seating. Reservations can be made with a $25 donation. Appraisals for up to three individual pieces of silver will be available for an additional donation. One item, $25, two items, $ 35, three items, $50.

Make checks to FMH Foundation. Mail to FMH Foundation, P. O. Box 1156, Winnsboro, S.C. 29180. Tickets will be at the door, not mailed. For questions, email Foundation@fairfieldmemorial.com or call 803. 272.6471

Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.