THE PORTER-PHELPS-HUNTINGTON MUSEUM CONTINUES ITS 2015 SEASON OF
“A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA” FEATURING MUSICAL GUEST
THE JMPT QUARTET ON AUGUST 22ND, 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 22nd with musical guests The JMPT Quartet. 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.

The JMPT Quartet plays an eclectic blend of instrumental music from around the world, including South American tangos, Polish polkas, and New Orleans ragtime, as well Irish, Israeli, and other old-time popular music. It is pleasant, skillfully played music, perfect as a subtle backdrop for conversation and tea, as well as for close, concentrated listening. The band includes Jane Lund on accordion, Mike Ingram on guitar, Pam Bartlett on violin, and Tom Ulrich on bass.

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 wraps up for the season next week on August 29th with West and Jackson. The artists will take the audience on a melodious and stimulating turn through their songbook of instrumental jazz, pop, and original songs.

 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.