Friday, June 24, 2022
We are fortunate to have the Fort Hunter Mansion and Park located just north of Harrisburg and situated on along the Susquehanna River. Having a history of serving as a war fort and also an exclusive private estate, it is preserved for the public and offers a variety of exhibits, musical programs, and special events throughout the year. Recently, in May, we attended an Afternoon Tea and program coordinated by the Friends of Fort Hunter and held in the stately 1876 Centennial barn.
The barn offers a lovely wide open venue to host a gathering of tea and history buffs. Prior to the Afternoon Tea, there was a program presented by Dr. Donald Koontz on the artistic talents of Violet Oakley (1874 - 1961). This amazing woman was a painter, muralist, illustrator, portraitist, writer, civic leader and advocate for world peace. She was the first female artist commissioned to create murals for the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Dr. Koontz shared the story of these murals (over 40 of them) as they depicted the history of William Penn. His enthusiastic and informative presentation was captivating.
If you are in the southcentral PA area, the Friends of Fort Hunter typically host an afternoon tea in May and again in early December.
Monday, June 20, 2022
Susanna's husband David has a unique collection of hand carved wooden animals from Africa, and they were all put into service to adorn each table.
A Vanilla Bean Cardamom Scone and Sour Cream Banana Bread was served accompanied with orange marmalade and Devonshire Cream alongside assorted fresh fruit.
The dessert medley featured South African Condensed Milk Cookie, West African Lime Cake, and South African Milk Tart or Melktert, .
Looking for lions and tigers and bears in the gardens?
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Sharing another view of the tea room with the tables set and ready for the guests to arrive for the Queen's tea festivities. The bunting added an air of fun to the event.
Tucked in the folds of the napkin was a favor for each guest. We gifted each guest a package of the Buckingham Palace Royal Blend Afternoon Tea. The tea is a large loose leaf tea in a biodegradable pyramid shaped teabag. It can be ordered directly from the Royal Collection Trust at Buckingham Palace in London, England. The box includes a bit of history of the palace summer garden parties that were first introduced by Queen Victoria in the 1860s. This festive tradition continues to this day where, during the summer, invited guests are welcomed to the tea parties held in the palace gardens. Guests are served tea in the company of the Royal Family.
According to the packaging, regarding the Royal Afternoon Blend: "Delicate, light and balanced, this delightful blend of high quality large leaf teas is perfect for drinking in the afternoon. It is equally good served the traditional way with a splash of milk or served chilled for perfect iced tea."
Treat yourself like a queen everyday, and enjoy a cup of hearty black tea alongside whatever sweet treat you have on hand. This darling little cupcake was available during the week leading up to the royal festivities at a local creperie in town. It seemed the perfect way to celebrate simply!
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
As celebrations occurred throughout England in honor of Queen Elizabeth's 70 year reign, we too, had a celebration in her honor. We have held the Queen's Tea annually to celebrate her birthday, but this year was extra special. The bunting was hung, the tables were set, and the festivities in the tea room were held on Sunday, June 5th.
The sandwiches included a Roast Beef with Parmesan Mayonnaise on a Lemon Chive Pepper Muffin, Cucumber and French Style Cheese Round, Turkey, Havarti, & Sliced Apple on Raisin Bread, Buckingham Palace Rose Petal Sandwich, the Queen's Favorite Raspberry Jam Pennies, Coronation Chicken Salad, and Herbed Cheese with Sliced Tomato Rounds.
Congratulations to the graduates! and Long Live the Queen!