This past Tuesday [June 11th], I was invited to Longacre House in Farmington Hills, Michigan to present a program on Detroit's iconic department store, J.L. Hudson's. The City's Cultural Arts Department hosts monthly teas for the community to attend.
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share my Hudson's memorabilia, and talk about this great department store from years past.
The never-before-worn turquoise hat came from Hudson's - an E-bay purchase. It still had the original $3.99 price tag affixed. Since it matched my outfit, I wore it during part of my presentation.
My good friend, Lori, attended the tea with me.
Lovely room where the monthly teas are held.
1st course was Canadian Cheese soup - a popular Hudson's menu item. My soup was eaten before a picture was taken, so the kitchen graciously allowed this photo to be taken afterwards.
The second [main] course was Hudson's famous Maurice Salad accompanied by a scone. You'll notice the scone is halved, and a seemingly out-of-place chocolate brownie is on the luncheon plate. It's called, quick thinking and flexibility! The meal was catered, and when the kitchen staff opened the delivery boxes to begin plating the meal, they discovered only half of the boxes contained scones, while the other half were filled with brownies. A huge mix-up in the order. They quickly cut the scones in half to accommodate everybody, and the brownies were a bonus! What woman doesn't like chocolate, right? ;-)
Dessert was another popular Hudson's menu item - Hot fudge ice cream puffs.
The ladies ate their dessert while I gave my presentation.
One attendee's grandfather helped build one of the later additions to the Hudson's building. [He owned a cement company.] At the conclusion of my presentation when I gave the ladies an opportunity to share their Hudson memories, she came up and told about her grandfather's connection to Hudson's.
Ladies looking at Hudson's memorabilia.
It was a fun, nostalgic theme, and everyone seemed to enjoy reminiscing about Michigan's beloved department store.