Johnny Appleseed Museum's Holiday High Tea

URBANA, Ohio (November 20, 2012) - The Johnny Appleseed Education Center and Museum will host a Holiday High Tea in the historic Barclay/Bailey Halls on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16. The full “high” tea will be served at 2:00, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. both days. Picture sitting among white linens, beautiful silver, pine, and poinsettias, listening to lovely music provided by Janet Ebert & Friends and The Champaign County Dulcimer club, enjoying scones, tiny sandwiches, pastries, and all the hot tea you can drink! Tickets are $15 each and must be pre-paid. They may be purchased by calling the Museum office at 937-484-1368 or stopping by Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

What is a “high tea”? Tea itself has a long history, beginning about the 17th century in France. In 1600, Queen Elizabeth granted permission for the charter of the East India Company to begin trading relationships in the Far East, tea trade began in the1670s. By the 18th century, tea was on sale by more than 500 coffee houses in London. According to legend, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, the Duchess of Bedford, is credited as the creator of afternoon teatime. Because the noon meal had become skimpier, the Duchess suffered from a “sinking feeling” at about four o’clock in the afternoon. The Duchess had her servants sneak her a pot of tea and a few breadstuffs. This developed into a full menu of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets and, of course, tea. The Duchess continued this practice and she began inviting friends to join her.

There are three basic types of tea: Cream Tea with tea, scones, jam and cream; Light Tea with tea, scones and sweets; and Full or High Tea with tea, savories, scones, dessert, and sweets served. This event will serve the High Tea with sandwiches, delicious tea, scones, and dessert.

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