Scottdale Historical Society goes 'Downton' with period tea event
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Since its debut in the fall of 2010, the British period drama “Downton Abbey” has captivated television audiences as viewers tune in faithfully to watch and follow the program.
Set in the era starting with 1912 and following years, the show is a fun throwback to a period of gentry and formal lifestyles and the Scottdale Historical Society thought an event featuring the show might be a great new fundraising idea.
The group will be hosting a “Downton Abbey Tea” Sunday at the Loucks House and invite members of the community to partake in a special tea that will be served for the occasion.
“We wanted to capitalize on the popularity of the show “Downton Abbey” said Becky Kinneer, event organizer, of the tea. “The show is very big and we thought it would be fun to have a tea based on it.”
The tea will feature three courses that will be served by uniformed volunteers from the group.
The first course will be a homemade tomato bisque soup, followed by the second course which will consist of tea breads and sandwiches.
The final course will consist of a variety of sweets and cookies, all of which will be made and prepared by the members of the group.
“We will be serving a special tea with each course that are named after the show,” Kinneer said. “With the soup we will be serving “Earl of Grantham” tea, with the second course we will have Lady Cora tea and with the sweets we will serve “Lady Violet.”
The tea also will feature fine china and linen, served on linen-covered tables that will be scattered throughout the four rooms on the main floor of the historical mansion, which has a decor and architectural splendor that will add to the Victorian-flavored ambiance.
“People will then also have the opportunity to tour the house if they like,” Kinneer said.
Also at the event, participants will have the opportunity to partake in a Chinese auction, which will feature theme baskets and holiday wreaths.
Proceeds from the tea will then go to the Scottdale Historical Society, which is planning to use the funds for the upgrades presently taking place in the kitchen of the Loucks house and other repairs to the mansion such as needed roof work.
There are two tea times set for the event, starting at 12:30 p.m. with the second time to begin at 3 p.m.
“I think that anybody who enjoys a good tea or who enjoys the program will enjoy this and have fun,” Kinneer said.
Those who attend the tea may wear gloves or hats, however they are not required.
Reservations are being taken by calling 724-619-1874.
The cost will be $15 a person.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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