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I am a Docent and tour guide to the historic Hearthside House in Lincoln, RI. I have a passion for the Victorian era.

I am a lover of the art of drinking tea, having Victorian tea parties, and teaching young girls tea etiquette and proper manners in public.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Afternoon tea for young girls!

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

Open House at Hearthside

 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.

Hearthside's American Girl Doll Tea

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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