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Children's Spring Tea on March 23rd!

A Leisurely, Lovely Tradition at Mount Gulian Historic Site

Mount Gulian Historic Site welcomes youngsters and adults to its annual Children’s Spring Tea on Wednesday, March 23, from 12noon to 2 pm. One of Mount Gulian’s most popular events, the Spring Tea combines genteel fun, good manners and education about a bygone era, in an authentic setting where social teas were once standard fare.  It’s a sure sign of spring despite the recent snow!

Now in its 11th year, the Children’s Tea is offered during spring break so as to bring families and friends together to share a special tradition. It’s always held in Mount Gulian’s two main rooms, with tables set with fine linens, china and porcelain tea pots.  

“Many of our young guests dress for the occasion, boys and girls alike. Everyone learns about the tradition of afternoon tea, when Victorian ladies and their gentlemen met for tea, refreshments and light conversation”, said Elaine Hayes, Executive Director. “Afternoon teas were popular at many Hudson Valley homes, including Mount Gulian, home of the Verplanck family. This event recreates a leisurely, lovely custom, when days were far less hectic.”

The menu will include assorted Harney & Sons Fine Teas, locally made in Millerton, delicious scones and breads, dainty finger sandwiches and a selection of tempting homemade desserts. A craft project for the children will also be offered. 

This is Mount Gulian’s last tea until December. The cost is $15 for children and $20 for adults, who must be accompanied by a child. Prepaid reservations are due by March 17.  Information & directions to their location at 145 Sterling Street in Beacon may be found online or by contacting Mount Gulian at 845-831-8172 or info@mountgulian.org.    

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