Tinker Swiss Cottage hosts Second Annual Victorian Tea May 12

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum will host its Second Annual Victorian Tea to celebrate Mother’s Day Saturday, May 12, with seatings at noon and 3 p.m.

Freshly-brewed Irish tea will be served, using elegant silver tea services, accompanied with delicious tea sandwiches, cakes and candies prepared by Chiles Catering.

The multipurpose room in the Visitors Center will be beautifully decorated in true Victorian style, and each mother will receive a free pass to tour the Tinker Cottage on a date and time at her convenience.

Beginning in both America and England in the late l880s, fine hotels began to offer tea service in Tea Rooms and Tea Courts. Victorian ladies and their gentlemen would meet in the late afternoon for tea and conversation. Many of these tea services became so well known, certain hotels, like The Ritz in Boston and The Plaza in New York, were noted for them, among other special services. The Tinker family was known to enjoy their afternoon tea.

Live music will be provided at the noon seating by a harpist and dulcimer player and at the 3 p.m. by a cellist. Admission is $25 per person, $20 for Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum members and $15 for children ages 5 and older. Reservations are required.

The Second Annual Victorian Tea will benefit the education programs offered by Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum.

To make reservations, call (815) 964-2424 or e-mail info@tinkercottage.com. To learn more about Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, visit the Web site at www.tinkercottage.com.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, at 411 Kent St., in Rockford, is a nonprofit educational organization and an affiliate of the Rockford Park District.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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