HADLEY, MA, July 22, 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.
For guests’ entertainment, the Museum welcomes back the JMPT Quartet. These four musicians play 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.