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Tuesday
Jan292019

Hospitali~TEA at the Smithtown Historical Society

Smithtown by the Sound

By Nancy Vallarella 

Hospitali~TEA at the Smithtown Historical Society

Miss Penelope Proper of the Mad Harlot Tea SocietyOverseeing 22 acres of grounds, 4 historical buildings, and over 100 programs offered throughout the year, Executive Director, Priya Kapoor and supporting staff open SHS’s doors for a new event. 

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm ** history repeats itself as the Smithtown Historical Society’s Frank Brush Barn is transformed into a Royal Victorian Tea Experience.

In the 1920s, women entrepreneurs converted old barns and deserted mills into tea rooms throughout Long Island.  The Orchard Tea Room in Yaphank was one of Eleanor Roosevelt’s favorites.  The Roslyn Grist Mill was converted into the Grist Mill Tea House by Alice Titus. It attracted celebrities from around the world long before the Hamptons.

From western Nassau County to the tip of the island’s tines in Suffolk County, women operated tea rooms in Great Neck– Blue Moon Tea House, Garden City –Black Swan Tea Shop,  Westhampton-Blackbird Tea Shop. 

In the heart of Smithtown, relive this tradition and go even further back in time as Long Island’s Mistress of Tea Time, Miss Penelope Proper of the Mad Harlot Tea Society hosts the afternoon filled with jaunty fun, whimsy, and culture. Victorian garb is encouraged (Prizes will be awarded for the fanciest hat and most historic costume).

Temptations of scrumptious delights to tickle the palate will be prepared by Smithtown’s own Culinary Goddess, Myra Naseem of Elegant Eating Catering. Proper Victorian afternoon tea time fare (scones, clotted cream, tea sandwiches, an assortment of sweets, a selection of teas, and sparkling cider) will be served with customary accoutrements.  

Tickets are available from the Smithtown Historical Society. Call 631-265-6788.

 $50/pp* - Minimal seating available.  

*Proceeds will fund the Smithtown Historical Society.  

**Edited to correct time. The event begins at 1:30 pm NOT 10:30 pm as originally posted.