A centuries-old tradition of afternoon tea endures at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum with “A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA.” 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.”  On July 4th we are pleased to welcome Robert Markey and Andrew Jenkins to perform for “A Perfect Spot of Tea” guests. Seatings are held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and admission is $12.

Robert Markey studied classical and blues guitar and later sitar in Boston and in India. His music is based in the North Indian (Hindustani) music tradition. He plays a mix of ragas from North and South India and raga-like improvisations from Persia, Japan, Hungary and Indonesia. Andrew Jenkins has been playing music for 38 years. This twelve-string guitarist studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and has been performing with Robert Markey for about five years. We are excited and honored to welcome both back to the museum to kick off another great Tea season.

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.