By Patric Hedlund
[On Saturday, June 28] at 12 noon Fort Tejon State Historic Park will host its second Victorian Tea Party. In 1856 an invitation to a Victorian Tea Party at the officers’ quarters of historic Fort Tejon was a high point of the social season.
Fancy hats and gloves were pulled on. Long skirts rustled as the tea party brought together “genteel ladies with lively conversation for a leisurely visit.”
The party will be serenaded by the First U.S. Regiment of Dragoons Band. Fine teas, delicate pastries and finger sandwiches will be served; gloves, hats and lace are encouraged.
Pre-sale tickets are $15 for adults; $10 children ($20 adults; $15 children at the gate). Reservations are encouraged, as a limited number of seats are available (LindaBosley66@gmail.com).
Groups of people will dine on delicacies, sipping rose water, lemonade and tea, playing The Game of Graces and becoming acquainted.
The Game of Graces, the historians say, “was considered a proper and beneficial exercise for young ladies in the early 1800s. It was proper as well for boys to join in as a lark. Opponents send gaily beribboned hoops whirling toward each other to be caught on the tips of slender wands in this exciting and elegant sport.”
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This is part of the June 6, 2014 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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