“A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA” BEGINS ITS 2019 SEASON WITH A PERFORMANCE BY ANDREW JENKINS ON SATURDAY, JULY 6TH.

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.


"A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA" JULY 7TH PRESENTS: WEST AND JACKSON

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.

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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!