Afternoon Tea Has Arrived in Estes Park

Afternoon Tea Has Arrived in Estes Park

Written on 04/25/2019

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), the provider of numerous recreational opportunities in Estes Valley, is excited to announce our first High Tea and Tell event. On Thursday, May 9 from 2 to 4 p.m., bring a cup, saucer and cake plate along with a story to tell about them to the Estes Valley Community Center. Share a little history, share a funny story, share a special moment – any type of story is welcome about your dishes.

“This special tea party will be sure to provide laughs and smiles as participants share the stories behind the odd, beautiful, old or new china that they bring with them while enjoying sandwiches, desserts and teas,” said Kelly Claypool, Senior and Adult Activities Coordinator for EVRPD. “Our goal is to provide a mountain-style variation on this British tradition.”

The history of afternoon tea is believed to have been started in Great Britain by Anne, Duchess of Bedford and close friend of Queen Victoria’s, in the mid 1840’s. This afternoon social event became popular among middle- and upper-class households during the Victorian and Edwardian ages in the United Kingdom and the Gilded Age here in the U.S. when wealthy friends and families would gather in the afternoon for a light meal of sandwiches, tea and desserts, such as scones and cookies.

“Perhaps you have a special cup that has drifted to the back of a closet—the one you inherited from your Great Aunt Emma, brought home as a souvenir from a trip, received as a gift from a friend, sculpted yourself in an art class, or bears the picture of your first grandchild,” said JoAnn Batey, EVRPD Senior Advisory Committee President and co-coordinator of the afternoon tea event. “No tale will be too serious or silly to disclose at this party.”

The fee to participate is $12 and reservations must be made in advance. Proceeds from the event will be used towards future events for seniors and active adults at the recreation center.

Thank you to Celestial Seasonings for donating a variety of teas and to Cinnamon’s Bakery of Estes Park for the mini-buns. Table service will be provided by Sunrise Rotary of Estes Park.

To register or for more information, call 970-586-8191 by May 8.

About Estes Valley Recreation and Park District: Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado. Established in 1955, the organization’s goals are to plan, direct, organize and implement recreational programs, manage facilities and provide public park and recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of the District, an area that encompasses 320 square miles.