Newark residents young and old can get a touch of grace at the end of the month with "Etiquette and Social Protocol" classes at the Boylan Recreation Center.
The class, which will be held April 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will teach students basic manners and dining skills over a three-course, five-star dinner prepared by award-winning chef Leroy Baldwin and served by a wait staff. Professional table etiquette teacher J. Wesley Tann will teach students table setting, proper use of utensils and napkins, European and American dining styles, dining posture and appearance.
Students will also learn about proper handshakes, public behavior and basic telephone skills.
"First impressions are lasting and basic table manners, grooming, speech, courtesy, politeness are all part of how we make our first impressions," said Tharien Karim Arnold, director of neighborhood and recreational services. "This class will help give residents of all ages some pointers on how to make that all-important first impression, whatever the social setting."
The free class is available to adults and children ages 8-17. Registration is required only at the Central Office of the Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs (94 Williams St., Second Floor) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The class, which is limited to 40 people, is open to Newark residents only and proof of residency is required upon registration.
– Staff reports