But the biggest consumption of time was playing the piano and helping in the kitchen for the Lorain County Historical Society's Women's Association's High Teas. Between Saturday and Sunday they served 4 High Teas. People bought tickets and sat together as they planned. Some tables were small, others huge. High school girls and one young man served as waiters. Everything was done so easily it's easy to see how organized these wonderful ladies are and since this happens every year, they have it all down to a fine science. This year they wondered aloud about having a doorman and I suggested Robert because he owns his own tux. Well, they were thrilled! Beyond thrilled! Later I heard there was some discussion before we arrived. They asked Ellen, the chairman, if she's ever met Robert/seen him in a tuxedo. Of course she didn't but when they all saw him, they literally swooned. Not in front of him but to each other. I am one lucky wife to have a 'looker' for a husband. It was also nice to have him around me for the whole weekend. At one point on Saturday, with the weather as cold and terrible as it was, equipment was breaking at the mill and he had to run in for a short time between teas. The men are used to seeing him in his suit when he has to go to work before church on Sundays. Seeing him a tuxedo really did the men in! Funny!
Here he is sitting behind me while I played. Isn't he a doll? And so cute!
He really enjoyed walking through The Hickories and seeing all the fun things. This moosehead was given to the Garfords by Teddy Roosevelt himself...you know...The Bullmoose Party?
Someone on Sunday thought he could be Arthur Garford so I posed him by the picture. Can you see the resemblance? Well, just pretend.
Robert enjoyed opening all the little doors and was delighted to find this treasure...a fuse box with a clock and thermostat. Vintage for sure. Beneath this box was a radiator and when we could not tolerate the cold any longer, we would stand up against it, feet tucked under to try and warm up.
Since it was so bitterly cold (around zero), Robert didn't have to stand outside to open the doors to the ladies but he kept watch til he saw them step up onto the portico. Then he would open the door, offer them his hand (remember, a lot of those who come are pretty old. Sunday there was a 99 year old woman, not to mention Karis Lyon who's about 85) and help them up the step.
They checked in with one of the Association ladies, in full dress of the era. The front table had this lovely flower arrangement from Botomers. The crystal candlesticks and fruit bowl were door prizes. At each of the 4 teas. There were also 2 door prizes given out at the end of each program. Mary Beth Lyon won a crystal candy dish filled with chocolates.
Here's one from the media chairman and her caption: Susan Hatch at LCHS Valentine Tea 2014: Susan Hatch of Sheffield Lake, Ohio entertained guests as they enjoyed the lovely handmade Hickories Tea and handmade sandwiches, scones and desserts.
The piano from the steps behind me. Since it was my birthday, the flowers on the left were a gift to me. In a lovely vase as well.
Here's is a close of up the favor each lady went home with. A delicate organdy bag containing a small tea spoon and a bag of The Hickories Special Blend Tea...the recipe of which is never shared.
Valentine Tea 2014 Guest Bedroom: Lovely table setting in the Guest Bedroom.
LCHS 2014 Valentine Tea Program: Guests enjoy listening to LCHS Education Coordinator Janet Bird’s program Crystal Reflections. Within the program was an interesting fact about The Hickories Museum. The Garford’s had lead crystal sheets ordered when they were building The Hickories for the first floor windows and doors (except the kitchen). The second floor windows are typical glass from the 1890s. Looking through them, guests noticed how clear the first floor windows were compared to the second floor.
Janet Bird Crystal Reflection Program: Janet Bird, LCHS Education Coordinator is highlighting some of the crystal pieces on display.
The tea always comes out first.
LCHS 2014 Tea Sandwiches: LCHS volunteers prepared all the food for the teas. Each guest received four sandwiches shown in this photo (Cucumber, Egg Salad, Chicken Salad, Ham with Pineapple and Cream Cheese). They also received two scones (Cranberry Orange and Cran-Raspberry White Chocolate) and received five desserts (Key Lime Tartlet, Lady Lock, Butter Horn, Cherry Chip Rosette Cupcake and a Brownie).
Below is Marilyn and Susie. Susie is a lot of fun..a bit rougher around the edges than the rest but she's a worked! And all the while her husband is in the VA hospital in Cleveland. Yet she's still here working...as she was when we assembled the favors and folded the napkins last month at Pam's home. They all know how to work.