Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I had the privileged to see RI Opera Diva Sissieretta Jones' concert gown being displayed, this Wednesday, October 8th at the Redwood Library, in, Newport.
 A wine and cheese reception at 5:30 pm was followed by a talk by Ray Rickman at 6:00 pm.
Sissieretta Jones became the first African-American opera star to achieve global fame a century ago. Her silk champagne colored concert gown, fragile with age and beautifully restored by Deidre Windsor of Windsor Conservation, was on display for the first time this century and then goes into storage.

The champagne colored gown, beautifully restored by Deidre Windsor, who restored Jackie Kennedy's Newport wedding dress and much of her wardrobe housed at the Kennedy Library, was laid out in a private viewing room.

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Sissieretta Jones April 28th

Sissieretta Jones being entered into RI Hall of Fame. http://youtu.be/o0iMjzusanM
 April 28th 
Monday, October 20, 2014
Woman wears corset every day for four years, chronicles experience
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
The Providence Journal did a wonderful coverage on our 2nd Annual Girl's Tea,
On May 17th, 2014, at the Governor Henry Lippitt House in Providence, I hosted a lovely young girl's tea to introduce them to CHRISTIANA BANNISTER, an abolitionist and businesswoman of the late 1800's.
As Christiana, I was able to introduce them to tea etiquette and proper manners to be used at the tea table. .
We also got a chance to talk to them about proper ways to introduce yourself when in public
It is very important that these lessons be taught to them while they are young. It will help them in years to come.
I am sure I have made an impression on them and they would want to take this knowledge with them throughout their lives.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Rhode Island Black Heritage Society Hosts Annual Tea Party at Governor Lippitt House in Providence
 The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society will host its second annual Tea Party for Girls at the Governor Lippitt House in Providence, at 2:00 p.m. This event invites girls 6 to 12 years old to learn the basics of social etiquette to build the skill-set needed for advancement in our changing society.
Today's young girls enjoy more opportunities than their mothers and grandmothers could ever imagine. But in order for them to advance further into leadership positions, it is crucial for them understand the many aspects of social etiquette. In hosting this unique event, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society mixes the tradition of an afternoon tea party with the subtle lessons on the importance of making an admirable impression while making friends.
 This year's Tea Party for Girls will feature an appearance by reenactor Lady Estelle, who will join the tea party in the role of Mrs. Christiana Carteaux Bannister, a 19th century New England businesswoman and abolitionist. Lady Estelle will share inspiring stories of historical African American women in Rhode Island while teaching the etiquette of taking tea.

 The girls participating in this event will receive a free "Because I'm a Girl" bracelet from sponsor Alex and Ani as a gift. Laurie Onanian of Alex and Ani states "This bangle carries with it an empowering message for young women. 'Because I am a girl, I am born to achieve. I am capable. I am brave. I am born to inspire others and I am a blessing to the world.' This bangle is part of our Charity By Design program whereby 20% of all sales support Plan International USA's Because I am a Girl initiative, a movement to lift four million girls in the developing world out of poverty."
 This year's tea party is also being sponsored by Preserve Rhode Island, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the goal of protecting Rhode Island's historic structures and unique places for present and future generations. Refreshments will be served during the party.

 The Tea Party for Girls will take place at the Governor Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street in Providence. The event is free to participants. A girl can be sponsored for a $15 donation. For information, call (401) 421-0606 or email rickman@rickmangroup.com. To donate, send a check to 123 North Main Street, Providence, 02903. Donations can also be given online at Eventbrite.com (keyword search: RIBHS).
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
 Last month, I was invited to my first Steampunk Tea. It was just one of the events that was part of an out-of this-world Convention and Exhibit.

 I had the opportunity to meet some inspirational Time Travelers.

 A Lady must always be prepared to defend herself on such an adventure.

 The entertainment was out of this world.
 And such wonderful delights with interesting guests.

 It was truly a memorable event.

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