When are you free to take some tea with me? Sir Paul McCartney asked this of the lovely Rita, meter maid, back in 1967 on the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. Now, Sir Paul’s stepmother, Angie McCartney, and her daughter Ruth McCartney, Paul’s stepsister, are asking this of those that might be around the Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley on Saturday, October 12, 2013 as part of the fall offerings of The Good Life Festival. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. that evening, Angie McCartney, author of “My Long and Winding Road,” and Ruth McCartney will present “The Magical History Tour,” an evening of live Beatles music, personal stories and rare photographs.
In 1964, as the Beatles were beginning to rocket towards international fame, Paul McCartney’s father, Jim, married Angie and adopted her daughter Ruth, thus giving Angie and Ruth a front row seat to the phenomenon known as “Beatlemania.” As the Beatles went from their 1964 appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” to the release of Sgt. Pepper’s to the inner struggles that existed among the Beatles during the “White Album,” “Let It Be,” and “Abbey Road,” recording sessions, Angie and Ruth were able to see first-hand what was happening.
“The Magical History Tour,” will showcase the story telling of Angie and Ruth McCartney’s tales from the mid to late 1960’s, share some rare Beatle photos and feature the music of the Beatles performed by the Beatles tribute band, The Mop Tops. Besides a book signing after the show by Angie McCartney, there will also be two special events before and after the show.
Up to thirty guests will have a chance to join the McCartneys prior to the show for an afternoon tea. Guests will choose from a selection of teas (perhaps from the Mrs. Angie McCartney Organic Teas collection), finger sandwiches and scones while getting a rare one on one opportunity with the McCartneys. Should you not wish to purchase the $225 a person tickets for the tea, there is a chance to win a pair of tickets for the tea and the show by entering a contest on the form provided on the Good Life Festival at Encanterra Facebook page.
For those that might want a laugh over dinner, after the show, ten guests will be able to sit down with the McCartneys for a private, gourmet five course dinner with wine pairings. Tickets for the dinner will run $550 a person.
Rather than being for the benefit of Mr. Kite, half of the proceeds from the ticket sales for the pre-show tea and post-show dinner with the McCartneys will be for the benefit of the Linda McCartney Centre. Located in a former nursing college in Liverpool, England, the Linda McCartney Centre offers some of the most advanced and innovative cancer treatments found in the United Kingdom.
As is typical for Good Life Festival events at Encanterra, there will be wine and beer tasting which will begin at 4:00 p.m. The wine and beer tasting is included in the price of the general admission ticket for the show.
General admission tickets for the show run $35.00 a person. There may be a $10 discount available for a limited time. Tickets for the show, tea and dinner are available through the Good Life Festival’s website.