A "Tea with Personality" with Catherine the Great of Russia will be presented by Designing Excellence with Historical Echoes, LLC. from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains. The afternoon will include a light English tea, including scones and other refreshment, and conversation with Catherine the Great, portrayed by Bonnie Johnson in Chautauqua style presentation format.

The event will take place in the Education Room of the Arboretum Visitor Center, overlooking the Arboretum pond and gardens. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at www.historical-echoes.com by Sept. 9th.

Catherine the Great of Russia was, in her time, the longest serving Empress. She is responsible for bringing Russia into western alliances and modernity. Under her rule and wisdom she facilitated the winning of the American Revolution and provided a sanctuary of religious freedoms for Mennonites at the time.

A Chautauqua presentation consists of three equally important parts: First, the Chautauquan delivers an unscripted dramatic monologue in costume and in character. Next, he or she answers audience questions pertinent to the life and time of his or her character, and finally, he/she "breaks character" and, as a humanities scholar, makes comments and takes additional questions from the audience. Historical Echoes is a Kansas-based organization that specializes in Chautauqua style presentation of women who changed the course of history.

For more information about Historical Echoes - Tea with Personality, or to purchase tickets to this event, visit www.historical-echoes.com. For more information about or directions to the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, visit www.dyckarboretum.org or "LIKE" the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains Facebook page.