Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thursday Tea at Troy Historic Village

Long before I purchased my ticket for Cranbrook's Holiday Tables, I purchased a ticket to 'Thursday Teas at Two' at Troy Historic Village. 

I've passed Troy Historic Village many times, but never attended any of their events. When I learned Kathleen Marcaccio was going to be speaking about Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind, I purchased a ticket.  Troy Historic Village is only six miles from Cranbrook, so I allotted 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for the Holiday Tables and Buffet Tea, with time left to get to the historical village for their Thursday Teas at Two. The village is a Michigan Historic Site.

As you can see in the photo below the ground was blanketed with snow.  The tea and presentation was held in the Village Church.

The $7 ticket included a cup of tea and dessert.  I chose Constant Comment.  

Attendees carried their tea and refreshments to the church pew of their choice to await the presentation. This was my second time to hear Kathleen speak, and she is captivating.  She brings lots of memorabilia and visuals with her.

In the photo below Kathleen is holding up a commemorative plate of Margaret Mitchell's grandparent's home that Mitchell visited growing up.

Because Kathleen is a collector of all things pertaining to Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind she has a piece of china in her collection that was like a set Mitchell owned.

The photo below is from Kathleen's collection.  The Wilson theater [owned by Matilda Dodge Wilson] was one of the two theaters in Detroit that showed Gone With the Wind when the movie came to Detroit in January, 1940.  

After the presentation I took a few photos of other historic buildings in the village.

I will definitely be returning to Troy Historic Village for Thursday Teas at Two.  It was very enjoyable.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cranbrook's Holiday Tables, Conclusion

Table #13 "Scottish Dreams"
Tapestry Room

Table #14 "After Apple Picking"
Oak Room

This table was the Auxiliary's way of saying "So long dear friend" to 39 years of Holiday Tables and saying "Hello" to future endeavors.

Table #15 "The Illuminating Science of Metals and Minerals" 
by the Cranbrook Institute of Science
Oak Room

Table #16 "The Night Before Christmas"
Oak Room

Paintings of George and Ellen Booth

Table #17 "Penguins Dancing at the Pole"
Oak Room

~ Lady who designed table #17 ~

Table #18 "Festival of Lights"
Oak Room

Below is a section of the gift shop that was located on the sun porch.

I hope you enjoyed viewing Cranbrook's Holiday Tables Finale.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cranbrook's Holiday Tables, Part II

Today's post begins where last Friday's left off at Cranbrook's 39th Annual Holiday Tables.

Table #7  "All Aglow for the Holiday"
Sunset Room

Table #8 "We Give Thanks"
Living Room

Table #9 "A 1940's White Christmas"
Living Room

The lady who set this table did it as a tribute to her mother, using her mother's china, crystal, and flatware.  She gave the history of the tablescape items [when and how they were received, and how they were passed down to her].

The mansion has many beautiful fireplaces.

~ Side Table ~

Table #10 "On Gleaming Wings"
Set by the Herb Society of America, Southern Michigan Unit.
 Living Room [Sun Porch is through the French Doors]

The beautiful floral arrangement was in a silver punch bowl.

~ A side desk ~

#11 "Tea Under the Historic Lights of Cranbrook"
Mr. Booth's Original Office

The table told the brief history of the lighting created by the Edward F. Caldwell Co. for the Booth home.

Below is the entrance to Dining Room where the formal Buffet Tea was served on Thursday, November 20th. The other two days of the event, tablescape #12 "A Charming Holiday Dinner at Cranbrook House" was set in the Dining Room with silver, china, and other items from the Booth family collection.  I enjoyed the tea, but hated to miss seeing the tablescape. I'm sure it was beautiful.

 "Tea Mom" in the photo below.  I chose Harney & Sons Earl Grey.

~ My Plate ~

To prevent visual overload, I'll post the last six tablescapes tomorrow.

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Today I'm joining Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea