THE PORTER-PHELPS-HUNTINGTON MUSEUM CONTINUES ITS 2015 SEASON OF
“A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA” FEATURING MUSICAL GUEST
HONEST HARMONY ON AUGUST 15TH, 2015

 

HADLEY, MA, June 23, 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 15th with musical guests Honest Harmony. 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 pm and 3:30 pm, and admission is $12.

Honest Harmony has been performing together for over a decade. The group’s a cappella performances explore a repertoire of small-ensemble singing from the 12th-20th centuries, often highlighting historical pieces and masterfully juxtaposing works of a single style, era, or composer. Their music brings audiences on “a musical journey through the last millennium.” The ensemble is comprised of soprano Barbara Matthews, alto Cindy Naughton, baritone Ijod Schroeder, and tenor John Vance.

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.

Our tea series continues the following week on August 22nd with The JMPT Quartet. The group plays an eclectic blend of music from around the world on accordion, guitar, violin and bass.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is located at 130 River Drive (Route 47) in Hadley, two miles north of the junction of Routes 9 and 47. The Museum is open for guided tours Saturday through Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment. For further information about tours or other programs, please call the Museum at (413) 584-4699 or visit our website at www.pphmuseum.org.