The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum kicks off its 2019 series of “A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA” on Saturday, July 6th with a performance by Andrew Jenkins. The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum invites guests to partake in its 250 year old tradition of afternoon tea with good company, interesting conversation, and lively music. Admission is $12 per person. There are seatings 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 every hour on the half hour; at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30.
During tea on Saturday, July 6th, Andrew Jenkins will perform his original jazz pieces and jazz adaptations of Bach, as well as "modal meditations" suited to the atmosphere of the museum. Formerly of the New York area, Jenkins studied music and guitar at Berklee College in the 1980’s. As a long-term Pioneer Valley resident, Jenkins has become a regular performer in the area. In addition, he hosts and produces the local TV access show Thoughts and Sounds from New England.
Elizabeth Porter Phelps, a resident of the house from its construction in 1752, regularly hosted teas until her death in 1817, and noted the teas often attracted ten to fifteen couples weekly. Elizabeth’s daughter met her future husband, Dan Huntington, at one of these events. Visitors would “tarry” a while over a beverage that “cheers but not inebriates.”
The series is made possible through generous donations from area musicians, volunteer servers, restaurants, grocers, florists, and other businesses who provide the music, engagement, tea, pastries, and flowers for this program.
The “A Perfect Spot of Tea” series continues on Saturday, July 13th, with a performance by Honest Harmony, an a cappella quartet performing music from the 12th-20th centuries. Teas are every Saturday through August 24th.
The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is located at 130 River Drive (Route 47) in Hadley, two miles north of the junction of Routes 9 and 47. The Museum is open for guided tours Saturday through Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The house, which remains 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 French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars, rose to prominence in local government, and embodied a consistently progressive social consciousness. Tours highlight both local and regional narratives, from architecture, material culture, and labor, to early-American theology, economics, women’s history and social movements. For further information about tours or other programs, please call the Museum at (413) 584-4699.