A Wonderful Afternoon Tea Party and Auction

Vintage linens and china, delicious food including a variety of tea sandwiches, shortbread, and of course, something chocolate.

  • Sunday, April 15 at 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Sponsorships and program ads available. Items for auction now being accepted.
  • Volunteers needed.

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Tea Lore

Each of us, whether broken or whole, is empowered by tea. There is more to this drink than just the leaves…

Tea brings us in closer touch with ourselves. It provides peaceful moments to reflect on our life’s chapters as they unfold, and it allows us to be intimate with friends, co-workers and loved ones.

I see sipping tea…as a bridge that united me to a wide variety of people. When we site down with a cup of tea…we commune spiritually with fellow drinkers all over the world.

What’s wonderful about the tea celebration is that teach of us may bring to it our own tradition and personal preferences.

~Alexandra Stoddaard in “Tea Celebrations”

Bone China

Bone China was invented in England in the mid 18th century, and it keeps the tea hot! These cups were so expensive that women carried their own cup and saucer in a special box.

Some tea drinkers know that clay teapots can alter the taste and flavor of tea. However, very few may pay attention to the effect which the cup you drink out of can also alter the taste.

In a taste test experiment conducted by Akira Hojo, using bone China, porcelain and glass cups, Hojo found that the bone China clearly increased the body, while the porcelain decreased it. On the contrary, the porcelain increased the after taste. The glass tea cup gave the body and after taste results in between porcelain and bone China.

Tea Bags

These handy items were actually invented in 1826, they’re not just a modern convenience.

Milk in Tea

Put it in first! Tradition has it that the English were afraid the hot tea would crack the cup. Also, by putting milk in first, you will never fill the cup too full.