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It must be Friday, because it's Chai! 

September 2011 

in this issue
:: Candy Cane Market raises scholarship funds & kicks off holiday season!
:: Boo-waahaha!
:: A Twitter Raffle! Whodathunkit?
:: Share a Ghost Story & enter drawing to win Death In Dixie!
:: Open House at Young's Garden Center on 01 Oct.
:: Miss Libby's Tea Parties at The Shoppes
 KTeas owners toasting you with TeaGreetings!
 "It must be Friday 'cuz it's Chai!"  Ed said that this morning as we recognized that we've slipped into the habit of having chai-spiced* black tea with breakfast on Fridays.  (*Specifying "chai-spiced" because we've learned through our friends at Glenburn Estates that in India, they often refer to the CTC black tea, itself, as Chai--and after all, it does mean "tea", which is used as the base for the chai-spiced beverage that has become so popular here in the U.S.)  We honestly don't know why this tradition developed, it just seemed to fit, even during the summer. 

Now Fri-Chai** seems all the more appropriate: the warming spiced tea as Autumn coolness begins to settle in at our locale!  Can you believe it's Fall, already?  It's hard to accept that the entire month of September is gone ::snaps fingers::! 
(**Ed first reacted to our realization of the Chai-spiced tea on Fridays tradition by calling it Chai-Fris.  But that sounded more like French Fries with Chai spicing---which might be an interesting dish to try out!  Anyone want to experiment with it and share your results with us? Earn some K.I.S.S. the Tea rewards points . . .!)

We've been buried head-deep in preparations for multiple upcoming Autumn and Holiday activities, and didn't notice the calendar pages fluttering away.  Let's fill you in on a smattering of what we've been working on
At the Intersection of Life and Tea!  
Candy Cane Market!
Oct. 15, 2011 fundraiser: kick-off for holiday gift-shopping season!
Candy Cane Market 2011 header image
Candy Cane Market fundraiser for PBWA Scholarship Fund

October 15, 2011 10:00am-4:00pm  will usher in the holiday shopping season at the Rock Hill Galleria Mall, in the old Goody's Space behind the Coca-Cola Play Area. 

This is the 2nd year for the Candy Cane Market, which is already becoming the premiere fundraising event for the Professional Business Women's Association of York County(SC)'s Scholarship Fund.  Each year the PBWA gives several ladies, either a high school senior in Fort Mill or Rock Hill, or a continuing student at a local college or university, a scholarship to help them further their education. 

The vendors and sponsors of the Candy Cane Market will present you with all your holiday shopping needs in one convenient place, there will be entertainment: children's dance schools, a martial arts demo, a women's singing trio.  Santa will be there, so you can get your photo of your child with Santa early tihs year!  You can further help the PBWA fundraising efforts thru buying a representative candy cane for $5. 

And to further spice things up, there will be giveaways: you can get a complimentary doorprize ticket when you purchase the candy cane if you want to enter the drawings.  Drawings will be held throughout the day for doorprizes ranging from gift baskets from various vendors to a Blackberry all the way up to a weekend stay in Charleston with a carriage ride! 

KTeas is a sponsor for the Candy Cane Market and will be one of the vendors, offering gifts of tea and tea-related items as well as chocolate through Dove Chocolate Discoveries -- Tea & Chocolate, hey!  Kathryn will also have a Creative Memories table at the Candy Cane Market where you can see some of the newest products, whether you're looking for gift possibilities or need to document your own holiday tea parties in your own albums!

So if you're local to the Charlotte, NC-Rock Hill, SC area, drop in on the Candy Cane Market and get into the festive spirit!

KTeas to be a sponsor of Boo-HaHa!
Trick-or-Treat in Rock Hill on 31 Oct!
On Monday, 31 October 2011, KTeas will join WRHI, the City of Rock Hill, and other Community-Spirited Merchants to hold 2011's Boo-HaHa, the area's biggest Halloween Trick-or-Treating event for Rock Hill and York County youngsters.
Trick or Treat at Boo-HaHa on 31 Oct 2011
Trick or Treat at Boo-HaHa in Rock Hill on 31 Oct 2011

Located on Main Street in Rock Hill, merchants will give out candy and prizes in a safe alternative to trick-or-treating.  There will be a costume contest for which you can register at the WRHI tent, hands-on activities for the kids, and Boo-HaHa will have something to entertain adults as well!

We'll send out more details as we have them, and you can always listen to WRHI AM 1340 / FM 94.3 or Interstate 107 to get details as well!
Win some KTeas products
in a fun Twitter raffle

The Tea Show with Brian & Lisa DiVita
KTeas is taking part in a fun little Twitter raffle conducted by @FoodBlogTeaShow.  Here's how you enter:
Tweet this phrase:

@FoodBlogTeaShow's Twitter Raffle: #teashowrafflenow

(easiest way: copy & paste it into your own tweet) and get someone to Re-Tweet your tweet!  When @FoodBlogTeaShow sees that someone re-tweeted your tweet of that phrase, they will tweet you a photo of your raffle number.  (Limit of 3 per day.)

On their final 2011 episode of The Tea Show, they'll draw the winning number.  The winner gets the prize, which seems to be growing all the time.  KTeas has contributed products to it, but we're not the only ones. So check it out!  Enter!
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Know any good Ghost Stories?
You can win a copy of Death In Dixie by sharing on our Facebook Page!   


Death In Dixie cover art
Kathryn--the K in KTeas--wrote the Foreword for Death in Dixie!
There are two ways that Death In Dixie, the 2nd installment of The Traveling Tea Ladies by Melanie O'Hara-Salyers, make the perfect October Fall reading!

(1) It takes place during the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN!  This year, the 39th annual National Storytelling Festival takes place October 7-9 in Jonesborough.  As much as we love Storytelling, we won't be there either as KTeas or as ourselves.  So we appreciate the chance to travel there a little bit via the pages of Death In Dixie!

(2)  Ghost stories are central to this mystery!  We love ghost stories, but we realized when reading Death In Dixie that somehow through life, we haven't collected our own favorite ghost stories, we missed out on the ghost stories around the camp fire while toasting marshmallows!  So we're looking for your favorite ghost stories.  We'll hold a Facebook drawing and it'll work like this:

"Like" our KTeas Facebook Page if you haven't already so it'll be easy to notify you if you're the winner.  Go to the Discussions page and post your ghost story in the "Ghost Stories! What's your Favorite?" topic.  That will enter you in a drawing to be held on October 21 so that you can email us your mailing address if you're not already a customer through our website (in which case we'll already have your snail-mail address) & we can send you the book in hopes that you can read it by Halloween!

Author Meet-n-Greet at The Shoppes At River's Edge
951 Cel-River Rd., Rock Hill, SC,
Celanese & Cherry Rd.,
at I-77 exit 82A

KTeas has a space in the front of The Shoppes
KTeas has a space in the front of The Shoppes
Come to The Shoppes At River's Edge indoor marketplace on Saturday, 22 October 2011, to meet Kathi Pingley Gaddy, author of Do Snakes Wear Shoes?  The Shoppes' hours on Saturday are 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Many of The Shoppes' merchants will be turning out all day to celebrate Kathi Gaddy's visit, KTeas among them.
Open House, 01 Oct 2011, 10am - 3pm at Young's Garden Center
9567 Charlotte Hwy, Fort Mill  29707
Hwy 521, below Hwy 160, south of
Ballantyne, NC; north of Sun City, SC

Welcome to Young's Garden Center, Fort Mill, SC
KTeas can be found in the Gift Shop at Young's Garden Center

KTeas will be at the Young's Garden Center Gift Shop for their Fall Open House on Saturday, 01 October 2011 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  We'll offer samples of a few of our teas and be happy to answer any questions about our products available in the Young's Gift Shop. . . . We're also looking forward to our first time to participate in the Young's Christmas invitation-only after-hours on the evening of October 20! Sounds delightful: candlelight, music, good company . . . ! Let us know if you're local and would like to receive an invitation when we're given ours.  We don't know yet how many we'll get, but we'll do our best!
Miss Libby's Tea Parties is doing Princess For a Day for Author Meet-n-Greet!
Check out Miss Libby's great party spot while you're visiting The Shoppes At River's Edge.

Miss Libby's Tea Parties at The Shoppes At River's Edge
Princess Birthday Parties by Miss Libby at The Shoppes
Miss Libby's Tea Parties will be celebrating the author visit at The Shoppes on 22 Oct. 2011, along with many other Shoppes merchants.

Remember: Miss Libby's Tea Parties, found at Celebration Cottage on Ebenezer Rd. for the last two years, relocated to join KTeas at The Shoppes At River's Edge! Celebration Cottage on Ebenezer Rd. closed as of Aug. 31, but find Celebration Cottage for teens at  Palmetto Hills Paintball on Hwy 21 just past Catawba Baptist Church!
SCGB containing TTL-Dixie w teas mentioned in book
Tea & Mystery Lover's basket w/Dixie TTL book + teas from KTeas like those in book.
a birthday basket from SCGB
a lovely birthday gift basket created by Southern Charm Gift Baskets.

 To fill your gift-giving needs in every way possible, KTeas has teamed

 up with Southern Charm Gift Baskets so that you can give your tea- 

 loving friends and family beautifully-crafted gift baskets containing  

 teas, tea ware, accessories, books from KTeas. You can even choose

 a la carte items from Southern Charm Gift Baskets to enhance your

 basket's contents according to the intended gift recipient!


 To place an order by phone, call B.J. at 803.207.5668 or  

 call Dee at 803.909.5850.     

 Or contact by email to discuss your order.

 Until we sip together again,
 Teafully yours,
 Kathryn & Ed


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