A Gilded Age Tea
Sunday, April 30th, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
The Pleasure of Your Company …
Lounsbury House and Ridgefield Historical Society host a Gilded Age Tea, an afternoon of good company and illuminating conversation.
On Sunday afternoon, April 30, from 3 to 5pm, Lounsbury House and Ridgefield Historical Society are hosting a Gilded Age Tea, featuring an entertaining and educational program; a fine assortment of teas and treats; and excellent company and conversation — the foundation of all Gilded Age Teas.
“Phineas Lounsbury built this beautiful home in 1896, toward the end of the Gilded Age, having become enchanted by a replica at the 1893 World’s Fair,” explains Suzanne Brennan, executive director of the Lounsbury House. “Today, we host events of all kinds, but we cherish every opportunity to experience this house in context — in ways that the Lounsbury Family themselves would have done. This Tea is such an event.”
Tracy Seem, president of the board of the Ridgefield Historical Society, agrees, “For Ridgefielders and friends thereof, the Lounsbury House is a treasured and historic setting. Most of us have been there to celebrate special occasions. Yet most of us have probably never been to a Lounsbury Family Tea before. This is our chance.”
Tickets to a Gilded Age Tea may be purchased here and are $25, or $20 for both Lounsbury House and Ridgefield Historical Society members. The program starts promptly, so please arrive at 3:00pm. Advance tickets only. Ages 14+. Lounsbury House is located at 316 Main Street in Ridgefield, CT.
A Gilded Age Tea is being presented through the generosity of our sponsors: Elegant Ridgefield; The Fountain Inn; Hollandia Nursery; Stacey’s Totally Baked; The Cake Box; and the Ridgefield Thrift Shop.
For those curious and in need of additional detail, we offer a Gilded Age Tea F.A.Q.
What Happens at an Afternoon Tea?
Afternoon tea was originally introduced to stave off late afternoon hunger when one still had several hours before the evening meal. Over time, friends and acquaintances were added to the occasion, and it became an opportunity for pleasant —yet brief — sociality and conversation.
At our Gilded Age tea, we will enjoy treats; hear a spirited presentation by Kandie Carle, The Victorian Lady; and have time for conversation and fun.
Are Men Allowed?
Of course. Historically, men have always been included in Teas and certainly contribute to the company and conversation. If you know a man, bring him along! If you are a man, get a ticket today.
What to Wear?
Kandie Carle, the Victorian Lady, will educate us on the clothing and accessories that reflect the Gilded Age era — from corset to gloves. Throughout her interactive presentation, Ms. Carle will relate anecdotes, dispel myths, and share insights into the fashion, lifestyle, manners, and etiquette of men, women, and children at that time. Ms. Carle, a theater director, performer and teacher for over 30 years, is a decades-long researcher and student of social history and fashion.
For the rest of us, we can wear whatever we please. For those who enjoy getting gilded up, wear gloves and a hat, carry a fancy fan, don a bowtie — you’re going to the Lounsbury’s house!
What’s on the Menu?
We will have an assortment of delectable treats, plus tea of course.