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 8th with musical guests Show of Cards. 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 group Show of Cards was originally formed as an alternative folk-rock trio of siblings Karen, Joe, and Mike Cardozo. Currently singer-songwriter Karen, lead guitarist Mike, bassist Garrett Sawyer (of the Gaslight Tinkers), and drummer Joe Fitzpatrick (of Trailer Park) perform throughout Western Massachusetts, promoting their most recent release, Something Better (2013). The Greenfield Recorder reviewed the new CD as “full of subtle shifts in moods and sounds that carry the listeners to a variety of different places, from the jazz-influenced ‘High’ to the country flavored ‘Colorado’ to the upbeat ‘Walking Wounded.’” The reviewer later pronounced it “the kind of disc that you can spend hours listening to” (11/7/13). This year Karen, Mike, and Joe will be performing an acoustic set on the museum’s veranda. For more information about this group, go showofcards.com
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!