Yay! Yesterday’s afternoon tea talk went wonderfully :-) Again, a big thank you to the Ringwood Public Library for asking me to come and speak.
The ride up to the library itself was gorgeous. Lots of trees and mountains all around (I was driving, so sadly, no pictures!). There were also quite a few hiking trails that my boyfriend Camilo and I now plan on going to once in a while.
All together, we had 41 people at the tea (WOW!) and all of varying ages. Everyone was dressed appropriately, wearing large green, blue, and beige hats. One couple was draped in what seemed like black fur and looked really regal. There was no question that they were ready for their proper afternoon tea. Once everyone settled in, I gave my speech on tea, the history, details of an afternoon tea, and how to brew a cuppa. Then, the Friends of Ringwood Library handed out samples of all six teas.
I told them that I was a little worried about their idea regarding the tea sampling portion. For those who have attended my talks, you know that I normally have people bring their own mugs and they line up in front of me as I serve them tea. However, this library had a very dedicated group of people who placed the sample cups on their trays, poured a bit of tea in each one, and ran to all the tables ensuring that every single person got some tea. It all went very smoothly, and the guests seemed to enjoy being pampered by the staff and volunteers. That day, the guests were treated like kings and queens.
Janet’s Quality Baked Goods, Inc., who is a vendor at the local farmer’s market, donated lots of freshly made goodies, and a local mother trying to start her own baking business donated fresh cupcakes. I love to bake, but I feel like I can never match the goodies that were donated! Scones, clotted cream, lemon curd, chocolate cookies, creme puffs, vanilla cupcakes with a dollop of vanilla frosting, tri-colored cookies that tasted like chocolate-covered raspberries… the list goes on. During my entire talk, I kept looking to my left where the tiers of sweets rested, longing for the moment I could wrap up and dig in myself!
The library held a raffle that had all sorts of gifts. Tea pots, tea cozies, tea, a gift certificate to High SocieTea in Wayne, New Jersey (which I want to visit so badly!), flowers in tea pots, so many fun prizes! I had the honor of drawing for the raffle winners and watching the glee on their faces when they realized they had won.
So again, to the Ringwood Public Library, thank you so much for asking me to speak at your event. It was truly an experience, and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Supporting your local libraries is so important, and I have yet to find a library I did not like.
Want me to come speak at your event in New Jersey? Shoot me a message here, on Facebook, or email me at Catherine.Felegi@gmail.com!