"A Perfect Spot of Tea" Presents: Bella Voce on August 1, 2015

A centuries-old tradition of afternoon tea endures at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum with “A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA” summer series continuing Saturday, August 1 with musical guests Bella Voce. Since the house’s construction in 1752, Hadley residents and other passers-by have visited the farmstead for good conversation, a beautiful view, lively music, and a beverage that, as original resident Elizabeth Porter Phelps once wrote, “cheers but not inebriates.” The museum keeps this colonial tradition alive every Saturday in July and August. Seatings are held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and admission is $12.

The talented vocal duo Bella Voce will take the stage at “A Perfect Spot of Tea” for their second performance at the museum. Bella Voce features Lisa Woods as Mezzo-Soprano and Teri LaFleur as Soprano, with Jerry Noble as the accompanying pianist. Both Woods and LaFleur are accomplished musical performers in the Pioneer Valley, while Noble is a distinguished composer, commissioned by various choral groups in the area. Together, the group performs a wide variety of pieces—from Opera to Broadway. Their set is sure to take listeners on a rich musical journey.  

In addition to talented local musicians, “A Perfect Spot of Tea” also features delicious pastries, attentive service, and, of course, plenty of Earl Grey tea. Everything at the event—flowers, tea, food, service, and music—is generously donated by local businesses and residents. Come to “A Perfect Spot of Tea” and engage with the community, past and present!

For an additional fee, guests may also tour the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum. Tours on Tea Saturdays will be given every hour from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The house, which remains largely unchanged since the family’s occupancy, tells the story of six generations of prominent Hadley residents. The family, prosperous traders turned farmers, fought in both the Seven Years’ War and the Revolutionary War, rose to prominence in local government, and embodied a consistently progressive social consciousness. Tours highlight both local and regional narratives, ranging in focus from architecture, material culture, and labor, to early-American theology, economics, and social movements.