Afternoon tea with good company, interesting conversation, and lively music has been a tradition at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum for over two hundred and fifty years. On July 7th the museum will host the first event of their summer series “A Perfect Spot of Tea.” Visitors are invited to the museum’s back veranda while enjoying a cup of earl grey tea, delicious pastries, and jazz, pop, and original instrumentals on guitar by Peter West. Admission is $12 per person. Seatings will take place at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For an additional fee, guests may also tour the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum. Tours will be held hourly on the half hour, beginning at 1:30 pm. For more information, please call the museum at (413)-584-4699 or visit us online at pphmuseum.org.

On July 7th, “A Perfect Spot of Tea” will feature musical guest Peter West. He has been playing guitar professionally since 1980 and takes his audiences on a melodious and stimulating turn through instrumental jazz, pop, and original songs. He has been giving wonderful performances at the tea series for over two decades.


A Perfect Spot of Tea” is held Saturdays from July 7th through August 18th,  2018. It will continue on July 14th with musical guest 56 String Duo, an Indian-inspired sitar and 12-string guitar duet. The series is made possible through generous donations from area restaurants, businesses, musicians, and volunteers who provide the tea, pastries, flowers, music, and service for this program.

The program is inspired by the traditional teas held by the Porter-Phelps-Huntington family to bring together members of the community. Elizabeth Porter Phelps, a resident of the house from its construction in 1752 until her death in 1817, noted the teas often attracted ten to fifteen couples weekly. Visitors would “tarry” a while over a beverage that “cheers but not inebriates.” Elizabeth’s daughter even met her future husband, Dan Huntington, at one of these events. The museum invites you to come to “A Perfect Spot of Tea” and engage with communities past and present!