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 11 we are pleased to welcome women’s a cappella ensemble High Definition 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.
For musical entertainment, the Museum is thrilled to welcome back the Northampton Community Music Center vocal ensemble High Definition. Under the direction of Cathy Kay, these musical ladies have an impressively diverse repertoire--singing everything from Monteverdi Canzonettas to the Beatles, doo-wop to contemporary classical pieces, folk music to jazz, and even barbershop style tunes. High Definition performs at various concerts and fundraisers throughout the Connecticut River Valley, including Northampton’s First Night and WGBY’s “Together in Song.”
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.