February 13, 2016

Art Center patrons take their tea Victorian style

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Carter Rogers pours tea for Rose Bledsoe.
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Patty Reynolds talks to patrons about Victorian morals and manners.
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Arts Council Executive Director Gail Schmidt welcomes tea party guests.
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Colorful, extravagant hats sit on a table and were available for guests to don during the party.
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Beverly Baumgart of Forest Lake and Julie Schwab of Standish post for a photo in their Victorian hats.
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Caroline Hardwick, 3, and Jessica Hardwick of Pinconning, make an elegant entrance to the noon tea party.
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Kathy Schwab and Chris Lucka of Standish share a few words prior to tea being served.
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Mary Henry provides a musical background to the noon tea party.

The Northeast Michigan Arts Council's annual Victorian Tea Parties were held Saturday, June 21, and both afternoon teas were sold out. Patrons donned Victorian-era hats and dresses, and enjoyed snacks and tea common to the period. A flutist provided music for the event and information about the era was shared during the tea parties, which were held at noon and 3 p.m.

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