DEEP: CT DEEP Hosts Programs at Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby

September 18, 2013

 CT DEEP Hosts Programs at Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby
 
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will host two FREE programs during the weekend of September 28 – 29, 2013 at the Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum, both located in Derby.
 
Victorian Tea Party
 
A Victorian Tea program will take place Saturday, September 28, 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 “do’s and don’ts” 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. 
 
Waldo S. Kellogg & the Architecture of the Osborne Homestead Museum
 
On Sunday, September 29, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, visitors to the Osborne Homestead Museum will take an architectural tour of the home and learn about architect, Waldo Stewart Kellogg, the husband of Frances Osborne Kellogg, and his influence on the design of the house.  Visitors will see how the Osborne Homestead Museum transformed from a Greek Revival farmhouse to a Neo Federal Colonial showcase.
 
The tour inside the museum will reveal the interior design influences and items owned by Waldo S. Kellogg.  Discover more about his architectural career, including his work for the Illuminated Engineering Society of New York City and how architects of the early 1900s worked and learned.   After viewing the ten rooms inside the museum, take a tour of the exterior features of the home. By seeing the architectural details of the home, visitors will better understand the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg and their plans for the homestead.
 
Both programs are free, donations are accepted and are appropriate for all ages. The Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum are operated by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT.  
 
The Kellogg Environmental Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  The Osborne Homestead Museum is open Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. 
 
To register or for more information, please call (203) 734-2513 or email donna.kingston@ct.gov