"A Perfect Spot of Tea" presents:
the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir on July 25, 2015

A centuries-old tradition of afternoon tea endures at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum with “A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA.” 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.” On July 25 we are pleased to welcome the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir to perform for “A Perfect Spot of Tea” guests. Seatings are held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and admission is $12.

The Museum is excited to welcome the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chamber Choir, a smaller vocal ensemble auditioned from the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus. Under the direction of Jonathan Harvey, the PVS Chamber Choir performs a cappella music of all styles, periods, and genres throughout the Connecticut River Valley. Their repertoire consists of spirituals, renaissance madrigals, motets, romantic partsongs, jazz, and other unaccompanied vocal music spanning all the way from the 15th to the 21st century.

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 at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. 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.