Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 2, 2013

Museum's Victorian tea will be May 11

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — Carol Rice Allen knows how to throw a tea.

The director of the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center will bring her talents, and enlist the talents of others at the musem, to an event this month.

“A Victorian Tea” is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 11 at the museum at 1620 WInchester Ave.

Allen said she has experience planning teas — she has done so for teas at the McConnell House in Wurtland — and thought such an event would be a perfect complement to the Victorian exhibit at the museum.

Music will be provided by a string ensemble from Russell High School orchestra.

A display of Victorian-era clothing will be presented by curators Heather Akers and Carolyn Warnock.

“The fabrics are in such delicate condition, we handle them with gloves,” Allen said.

Akers also will give a presentation about Victorian accessories such as parasols, hankerchiefs and flowers and the signals they can send.

Jean Fraley, a retired teacher from Boyd County High School, will give a presentation titled “Tea in the Drawing Room” which traces the history of tea.

Food that is typical of afternoon tea will be prepared by Mary’s Kitchen Catering and will be served, Allen said, by “notable gentlemen in the Ashland area.”

Allen said she planned the menu, along with Kathy Hill and Mary Jo Burton.

The museum will provide dishes, but each table’s sponsor will be responsible for the other decor, such as linens and a centerpiece. Allen said some table sponsors have asked to provide the dishes; one is planning to set the table with seldom-used dishes made during the Victorian era that were handed down through her family.

Also contributing to decor are Colleen Griffiths of Haut Panache in Ashland, Field’s Flowers in Ashland, Don Flemming of Love Bears All in Summit and the Ladies of the Highlands.

Allen said hat and gloves are optional at the tea.

“If somebody gets in the spirit, there will be hats here to put on,” she said.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.