July 31, 2013
Victorian Tea at the Kellogg Estate
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protectionís Kellogg Environmental Center is offering a Victorian Tea program on Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. This FREE program will take participants back in time to the late Victorian Era (1837-1901) when Frances Osborne Kellogg would have been a young lady in her 20s and most likely hosting and going to tea parties. Participants will learn about a part of Victorian culture through the simulation of a tea party.
During the workshop, participants will learn Victorian tea etiquette. There will be a brief history of Victorian tea and the difference among the types of tea services, such as low and high tea. Visitors will understand and demonstrate the social ďdoís and donítsĒ of a tea party. Antique tea sets from the Osborne Homestead Museum will be on display so that participants can learn the different types and functions of tea equipment ranging from the teapot to the utensils.
Participants will learn to drink tea properly according to Victorian standards. This will include the proper way of handling cups and saucers, stirring tea, using napkins and managing spills. Refreshments will be provided. At the end of the program, visitors can take home handcrafted teas and teabags and receive information on other uses of tea.
The Kellogg Environmental Center, operated by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT, is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. To register or for more information, please call (203) 734-2513 or email email@example.com