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 http://victoriaedward.blogspot.com/2014/02/in-my-own-image.html)  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.   
Saturday, March 14, 2015

                                    THE TRUE VICTORIAN TEA SOCIETY



Step Back In Time

Step Back in Time with me to a moment of "Days Gone By"~
Where manners and eloquence were the rule.
A time when politeness and courtesy were just a normal way of life.
A time when Men were truly "Gentlemen", and they treated women Like "Ladies".
How I longs for Those Days Again or the days when a women would have always been treated with honor and respect.
I love the kindness and gentleness of the period.
My friends say that I must have lived my previous lives in that era,or perhaps,
I am what they call an "Old Souls" just looking for the time to go back.
I feel that this was MY TIME.

This Victorian Society site is for all kindred spirits that love the taking of tea and all things Victorian. 
JOIN TODAY
 http://victoriansociety.ning.com/home
Sunday, March 1, 2015




On March 29th 2009, 35 women gathered at the Governor Henry lippitt Museum to celebrate with the coming of a new life. This museum is one of the most complete, authentic and intact Victorian houses in the country. "Stepping into the hall of this mansion transports you into a captivating space; the design, the detail and the craftsmanship make it one of America's unique national treasures."

 
This was the age of opulent Victorian society, featuring a grand dinning room where Mrs. Lippitt presided over lavish dinners and sumptuous social affairs.
Wearing an authentic housekeeping attire, I prepare a elegant tea for the 
guest of the baby shower.



Beautiful tea cups decorated the "Ladies Room" of the Mansion. This was in the room where the guest of the baby shower awaited the mother- to-be.










The mother- to-be opens her gifts surrounded by love ones and many of her great grandmother's tea cups.




  The guest enjoying the tea and sweet treats that I had prepared for them.



  It was a great experience meeting Mrs Kennedy and catering her daughter's baby show in the Lippitt Mansion. We have become close friends and I am sure I have created an memorable event for her, her daughter and guests.


Everything is so peaceful here at the tea Corner. It's a day before another snow storms to hit down here in New England. 

I am here at the tea corner relaxing and keeping a watch on the weather.  All is calm right now. "It's the calm before the storm."

I invite you to come sit and have tea with me before all have to get  their cars from off the streets. We can eat sweets and sip tea until the storm sends you home.
 It suppose to start late tonight and be really bad tomorrow(Monday) We have had so much snow this last two months. 
 Best wishes to all that have just come through it.God bless,
lady Estelle
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