Tea is served in decidedly 'Downton' manner
“We were hoping for 75 people. If we got 75, we were going to be happy,” said Judy Woffington during the Delectably Downton Tea on June 18.
She was referring to the “Downton Abbey”-themed fete hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony North that brought butlers, footmen, maids, countesses and even a dowager together with 128 eager tea partiers, including Margaret Bovbjerg, Patricia Valoon, Agnes Dodds Kinard and Dani Grego.
The scene inside and out of the private residence in Fox Chapel where the tea was served is best described as controlled pandemonium. A line of cars snaked its way alongside the sleepy drive. On the lawn, a sea of hats approached the front door as each guest presented a calling card to the butler and was properly announced.
“I almost got a little tear in my eye because it was so much work and we worked diligently on this,” shared prexy Mary Ann Craig, whose team included Woffington, Sue Breedlove, Millie Ryan, Anne Ringham, Kathy Connelly and Cheryl Redmond.
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