"My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.""You are mistaken," said he gently, "that is not good company, that is the best. . . . " (Anne Elliot and her cousin, Persuasion)
It certainly was the best of company that Barb's TEA Shop met during our presentation of "An Austen-tacious Tea"at the Troy Museum and Historic Village today. The sold-out event wrapped up the 2010 Winter/Spring series of "Teas at Two" which are held on the last Thursday of each month.
As we imagined a shared tea time with Jane using tea from Twinings in a Wedgwood cup, BTS spoke about the Regency Period influences on the author's lifestyle, novels and, of course, our favorite hot beverage. Protocol, dress, politics and marriage were among the topics covered. In addition, pictures were shown of the celebrated Pump Room in Bath and the Palace at Versailles. "There's a connection between Jane Austen and Marie Antoinette?", one might ask. Mais oui, and we have the tea cup to prove it.
This was BTS' second visit to the Troy Museum and we want to thank Anne Nagrant, director of Public Programs, for inviting us back to be part of one of these special afternoon tea events.
Guests bring their own special tea cup and upon arrival, are offered an appealing selection of teas and small desserts to choose from to enjoy during the program.
After the presentation, those in attendance had a lot of great questions, comments and stories to share. A wonderful, "austen-tacious" tea with the best of company, indeed! We hope to see all of you again.
Yours in TEA and friendship,
Thinking about something fun and different for your next gathering, book club or upcoming event? Consider a Jane Austen tea talk, tea etiquette presentation or a tea tasting. Call us at 248-840-4356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.