A centuries-old tradition of afternoon tea endures at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum with “A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA” summer series continuing Saturday, July 18th with musical guests Same Old Blues. 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 Museum is thrilled to welcome back Same Old Blues this season for another great performance. Guitarist Dennis Sharpson, harmonica player Jon Lawless, and Alan Kurtz on the washboard and bones will perform a set of delightful ragtime country blues. The group’s repertoire consists of 1920’s and 30’s Piedmont style and East Coast blues, featuring reinterpretations of compositions by artists Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Mississippi John Hurt, and Mance Lipscomb.
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.