Monday, June 1, 2015
The Annual American Girl Doll Tea at Hearthside was again a huge success.

I gave at lessons on tea etiquette and proper manners in public.

                  What a wonderful way the end the month of March!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
It was a lovely warm Monday morning in May, 2015. Our Memorial Day parade went off as planned.
My grand daughter had been marching with me, in the parade ever since she was 7 years old. She is now 11.
We are reminding the young onlookers about the upcoming American Girl Doll Tea Party next weekend, on May 30 and the 31.
We, at the Hearthside House Museum, are also preparing for our upcoming event " The 1904 World Fair"

                                         In July, on Sunday, the 12th.

                                                     At the Hearthside House Museum
                                It turned out to be a day to remember! Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nice to meet you, Estelle (virtually). I was so happy to find your blog and site!  I am ALSO a former Harlem School of Dance student. I've worked professionally on stage and I am now a playwright and screenwriter...who happens to LOVE Victorian and Edwardian dress and history (see my blog  I have been looking for balls, dances, picnics, teas and events to wear my Edwradian lawn dress, and the new Worth reproduction bustle gown that I just purchased. Also interested in period dance events and classes that aren't too far from NYC.  California seems to be more on the ball when it comes to period events.

Victoria and Edward: Black NY and London, 1837-1910: IN MY OWN IMAGE: I have always liked cosplay and to dress in period costume. From a little girl dressing extravagantly every Halloween, to my early caree...

Sunday, May 10, 2015
On a lovely sunny, warm and beautiful Saturday afternoon, the guest arrived at the historic Hearthside House to be greeted by the family and staff (Downton Abbey Style).

The docents were dressed as servants and was in form for inspection for their duties.
                           All was in order.

 The kettles and pots of hot water for tea was prepared by Providence's Victorian Tea Lady Estelle.

 I am sure the Lord and Lady of Downton Abbey would have approved of this gracious service.

I would like to wish all the Mothers that attend this tea, a "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY"
Monday, April 20, 2015
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society asked me to be a guest speaker at their young girls elegant tea.
I was honored.
This would be my 3rd year contributing my services to this important event. The persentation was on the taking of tea in a proper manner.

It was a pleasure to work with Ray Rickmen, Robb Dimmick and Shemika Moore.

The young ladies came all divinely dress with handmade hats to get it the tea spirit,

These lovely young girl are at an impressionable age and need proper guidance on the social graces.
I hope that what they have learned from me, will follow them into womanhood.

Special thanks goes out to the parents. For they know of the importance of these teas and etiquette lessons.

I am honored that they allowed me, Lady Estelle to be their teacher and hostess...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
 Under brilliant sunny skies, our costumed docents welcomed visitors to come discover the stories Hearthside has to tell.
 Kathy Hartley explains the "Death of President Lincoln" picture (almost 150 years to the day of his death) during the tour.
                             Docents on opening day.                                                                                                                                         Photos by Susan Gonsalves
           Lady Estelle Barada offers up some cookies and lemonade to visitors in the kitchen,  making a big hit with this 5 year-old.
      Youth docents Jayniece and Mya practice with the wooden toys as Jean Southard looks on.
       The beauty of the ogee dormer against the clear blue sky on opening day.
Tickets On Sale April 30th

Our long-awaited spring not only brings sunshine and warmth, but also means it's time for tea for moms and their daughters at Hearthside's American Girl Doll Tea.  Now in its 8th year, the American Girl Doll Tea is a memorable time that has become a tradition for many families and a new experience for many.

Geared to young girls ages 5-10 and their dolls, the Tea offers an opportunity to dress up and attend a fancy afternoon tea with their moms.  The girls learn proper manners while sipping tea from elegant china and enjoying miniature tea sandwiches and sweets, just as Samantha, the 1904 American Girl Doll character, would have done during that time at her grandmother's mansion. 
Prizes, raffles, a favor for  each girl, tours of the house and shopping for a special treat in Hearthside's Gift Shop, which will include a wonderful collection of handmade outfits and accessories for the dolls, all  make for a memorable afternoon.
Because of the popularity of the event, it is being held on two days, and there  are two seatings offered each day at 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are available to the public starting April 30th and the cost is $20 per person.  Our members enjoy the benefit of early purchase starting April 20th and receive a 10% discount. Seating is limited and is always a sell-out.  Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Hearthside at 401-726-0597.   
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