Duplicating a Victorian Tea — Ladies Who Lunch June 6th


Tickets available now and going very fast(half sold yesterday) get yours soon so you will not be disappointed!

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The afternoon tea party was a feature of great houses in the Victorian and Edwardian ages in the United Kingdom and the Gilded Age in the United States, as well as in all continental Europe.

The actual taking of tea in the afternoon developed into a new social event some time in the late 1830’s and early 1840’s by Catharine of Braganza. Jane Austen hints of afternoon tea as early as 1804 in an unfinished novel. Anne, the Duchess of Bedford. requested that light sandwiches be brought to her in the late afternoon because she had a “sinking feeling” during that time because of the long gap between meals. She began to invite others to join her and thus became the tradition. Ladies Who Lunch are inviting you to their afternoon tea at the historic Town Hall in Carleton Place.


Since ancient Rome, a cultured person ate with 3 fingers, a commoner with five. Thus, the birth of the raised pinkie as a sign of elitism. This 3 fingers etiquette rule is still correct when picking up food with the fingers and handling various pieces of flatware. This pinky “up” descended from a misinterpretation of the 3 fingers vs 5 fingers dining etiquette in the 11th century. Chef Dusty Pettes of Ballygiblin’s is providing you with a savoury menu of:


Cucumber salad rolls
Roasted red pepper mousse on potato baguette
Avocado wraps
Pinwheel sandwiches
Mini quiche made with local eggs and fresh cheeses
Fluffy Sweet potato biscuits with fresh herb whipped butter & hot pepper marmalade

Dusty Pettes, and Dan— chef extraordinaires from Ballygiblins are also making their Maple Pecan Bars. More desserts choices to come.

In addition to tea, larger parties provide punch. Tiffany from the Ginger Cafe is providing you with Lavender lemonade from a silver punch fountain


Cake slices, buns or rolls, cookies, biscuits and scones are all common at a tea.

The Good Food Co is offering mini gluten free cheesecakes
The Ginger Cafe is offering mini Chai Moon Pies
Ballygiblin’s is offering Maple Pecan Bars
Slackoni’s is offering mini chocolate mousse

The Victorians often offered professional tea-leaf readers to read your cup of Earl Grey tea. Christine Toth from Steeped Tea is offering all the ladies Earl Grey Tea a La crème that will be served by the ladies of St Mary’s. We will not have tea readers Like the Victorians but you can get your cards read later at The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. Still all in Victorian Tradition.Also see a beautiful art display by Beautiful Minds.


You can also visit Springside Hall built in 1860 that had many high teas held by one of the founders and mayors of Carleton Place in its time. Visit all 22 rooms decorated in Steampunk and Victorian décor.



See you June 6th!

Tickets available now and going very fast- get yours soon so you will not be disappointed!

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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