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  • Writer's pictureJane Willan

Ladies in Hats: A Victorian Tea Party

The moment I stepped into the Barnes Museum, it was as if I had been

transported back in time. The air was filled with the delicate aroma of freshly

brewed tea, mingling with the soft murmur of conversation and the gentle clinking

of china. The Victorian Tea was in full swing, and everywhere I looked, there were

ladies dressed in their finest, sipping tea from delicate cups and savoring the

delectable treats laid out before them. I adjusted my hat and smoothed my gloves,

feeling a bit like a character from a Jane Austen novel as I joined the festivities.

As I sat at a table with a group of lovely ladies, I was struck by the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Conversation flowed easily, and laughter rang out as

we shared stories and bonded over our shared love of all things vintage. It was a reminder of the power of community and the joy that can be found in coming together with like-minded individuals.

The Barnes Museum provided the perfect backdrop for this enchanting event, with its rich history and carefully curated exhibits. The museum, for those who aren't familiar with it, is a charming historic house located in the center of town. It occupies a beautifully preserved 1836 homestead that once belonged to the Bradley/Barnes family.

I had decided to embrace the spirit of the occasion by wearing a vintage 1950's dress, complete with a hat and gloves. It was great fun to wear this “June Cleaver” ensemble and feel a connection to a different time period. Everyone

dressed for the occasion and it seemed to add to the overall festive atmosphere of

the event.

As I sat there enjoying my tea and the delicious treats that were served, I

was struck by the importance of community gatherings like this one. In a world

that can sometimes feel isolating and fast-paced, it's so nice to slow down and

connect with others who share similar interests.

I left the Victorian Tea feeling a sense of warmth and belonging, and I'm

grateful to the Barnes Museum for hosting such a lovely event and to Marilyn

Swain for inviting me. It's a reminder to me to embrace more opportunities to

engage with my community and to appreciate the simple pleasures in life.

If you have the chance to attend a similar event in our community, I highly

recommend it. You might just find yourself feeling a little more connected to the

people and places around you.

Until next time,


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Trish Roman-Aquilino
Trish Roman-Aquilino
May 22

I just recently attended the First Annual Epiphany Ladies' Afternoon Tea, and echo many of your sentiments! It was such a lovely afternoon of great conversation, food, and community. It was such a success, there's definitely going to be one next year.


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