Tea Meeting, noun phrase

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a. A social gathering of the members of a church or other organization, especially a gathering organized for fund-raising purposes.
1842 J. Collett Diary. II. 24 Feb.Remained..behind to attend Tea Meeting.
1844 W. Howard Note Book. 8 Feb.Annual Tea Meeting of the Port Elizabeth Total Abstinence Society.
1870 J. Collett Diary. 24 Oct.Attended Tea Meeting at the opening of New School Room.
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 175The term ‘tea-meeting’ originated with the church-oriented social affairs of British settlers in the eastern Cape.
b. A party or other social occasion, especially an all-night entertainment held in a township.
[1900 P. Hargreaves in W.G. Mills, Role of African Clergy in Reorientation of Xhosa Society. (1975) 75The young people are giving increased trouble by the vices and follies they run after with greediness. They are introducing night Tea-parties under the pretence of helping Church Funds.]
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 175In the Cape Standard for January 11, 1866..a White observer praised an African church choir performance in Graaff-Reinet...He notes that while all attending were not converts, they all enjoyed the ‘tea-meeting’. During the latter third of the 19th century, both rural and urban church communities held tea-meetings on Saturday nights, sponsored in rotation by individual members of the church women’s group (manyano). Liquor was not served...All-night tea-meetings were extremely popular among Cape Africans at the turn of the century...Tea-meetings characterized early urbanization, involving a fusion of economic and social activities parallel to that involved in traditional work-for-beer parties.
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 176Government officials and missionaries were disturbed by the expansion of ‘tea-meetings’ to cover a variety of African entertainments in the towns.
A social gathering of the members of a church or other organization, especially a gathering organized for fund-raising purposes.
A party or other social occasion, especially an all-night entertainment held in a township.

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