Wah-wah-wah! What's that noise? It's probably your lonely, cast-off, forgotten baby doll crying in your attic. It's time to rescue her and invite her out for tea.

The First Presbyterian Fine Arts Festival is planning their annual High Tea and this year your dolls will be featured. Since dolls are the theme for this event you will want to dress up your dollies and plan a play date at the tea. And if the dolls get into mischief dolly day-care will be available.

The Festival is planned for September 7-8 at the church with many events in the works. Before or after the tea you will be able to peruse the gallery, which will include artworks from artists using a variety of media as well as a youth gallery for artists 18 and under.

Featured artist for this year's show is Kathy Monti, who specializes in stained glass artistry. She owns Prairie Light Art Glass Studio in Berthold, N.D. Monti creates designs for fused glass, mosaics, jewelry and restorations and will be exhibiting her works on Saturday and Sunday.

Plan to attend one of the workshops, such as Hairpin Lace stitchery with Cheri Esper. Esper has won awards for her work with fiber at the Festival several years running. She has also exhibited over 100 designs at her first runway show sponsored by Bismarck Arts and Galleries in 2012. Her exclusive hand knit and crocheted designs are available at her business, cedesigns and Yarn Shoppe in downtown Bismarck. She also offers knitting and crochet classes at the shop.

The Festival also offers a photography workshop hosted by two talented, award-winning photographers, Mike LaLonde and Dave Nix. Stop by Gwen's Gallery, a collection of vintage and antique jewelry owed and bequeathed to the Festival by the late Gwen Bradley. Bradley was a local artist and church member. Another gift venue is the Festival Gift Gallery, which will offer a variety of handmade jewelry, note cards and other craft items. There's something for everyone at this year's event.

Festival Schedule:

Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gallery open in Ramstad Hall

Saturday, Sept. 7

High Tea in the Parlor. Choose from 11:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. seatings. For tickets, priced at $15, call Priscilla Wilson at 255-3910.

Saturday workshops

Hairpin Lace Stitchery by Cheri Esper, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Seating is limited to 20. To pre-register call the church at 701-223-6091.

Photograpy: Mike LaLonde and Dave Nix, time to be announced.

For more information go to www.fpcbismarck.com.

Jan Schultz is a seasoned Empty Nester claiming one husband, three adult children and five adorable grandchildren. In her spare time she teaches Online English for BSC, practices Yoga, walks many miles and reads lots of books.