Thursday, October 11, 2018

Another British Royal Wedding

When I was with my Southern Tea Tour friends yesterday, Teresa asked if I was going to get up early again to watch the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

[Internet Photo]

If you recall, Teresa planned an early morning surprise tea party for our group as we watched the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle while we were in Charleston last May.

The bride and groom will 'tie the knot' at an 11:00 a.m. ceremony tomorrow morning [Oct. 12th] in St. George's Chapel in Windsor. American Lifestyle Channel [TLC] will cover the event in the U.S. beginning at 4:25 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.  The ceremony will begin at 6:00 a.m. EST.

I have an early morning Dr. appointment, so I'll be up, but I won't be watching TV.  Do you plan on rising early to watch the nuptials?

I'll sip a cup of tea in honor of their marriage, and hope they'll live happily ever after!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Friends Who Came to Tea

Today seven of the ladies who went on the Southern Tea Time Getaway last May [Atlanta, Charleston and Savannah] came to Afternoon Tea at the Whitney.  It was so nice to see all of them again.  They toured the mansion from 1:00 - 2:00, then had Afternoon Tea afterwards.

~ First Course - Scones ~

~ Second Course - Soup and Salad ~

~ Savories and Desserts ~

I kept the teapots filled throughout their tea.  In the picture below I was serving the Whitney's Signature Blend - an herbal/tisane called Garden Blend.  I also served Gentle Earl Grey too.

Afternoon Tea was served in the formal dining room today. Pictured below is my dear friend, Lori.

~ Teresa, Louise, Linda and Barb ~

~ Lori, Rebecca, Judy and Barbara ~

Teresa brought my copy of the hardcover photo album she had made by Snapfish.  I can hardly wait to sit down with it over a cup of tea and relive the trip all over again.

Thanks for coming today, ladies.  You made my day!  Now we'll have to plan our next meet-up.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Saturday Celebrations

Last Saturday we went to Chelsea to celebrate granddaughter Isabella's 13th birthday [actual date September 29th] as well as our son, Jeremy's birthday.  I made my first apple crisp this season to take, and we stopped when we were almost there to get some vanilla ice cream to put on top.  Yum!

It was also granddaughter Brooke's Homecoming [Romeo School District].

Love these girls!  

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Happy Columbus Day! 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Tea in the Dining Room

Afternoon Tea was served in the mansion's formal dining room today.  I love that it's moved around to different rooms.  It makes tea time interesting, and I enjoy being in the various rooms.

Those who know me well, know I love history.  In the evenings when I come home from work I usually dedicate some time to researching the Whitney family.  How could I work in the mansion without knowing who the occupants were?

Today I'm sharing a little history about David Whitney, Jr.'s youngest daughter [and his last born child], Katherine.  The Katherine McGregor Dessert Parlor on the second floor is dedicated to her.  It's open Wed. - Sat. 6:00 -11:00 p.m. and Sunday 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

[Katherine Whitney McGregor]

Mrs. Flora Whitney [David's first wife and Katherine's mother] died in 1882, and never lived in the Whitney Mansion.  [It wasn't completed until 1894.]  A year following her death, David married her sister, Sarah Jane, who was 13 years younger than Flora.  Three Whitney children were still living at home - David 15, Flora Ann 13, and Katherine 9.  Grace, 19, had married and was no longer living in her parent's home.  Mr. Whitney needed someone to help with the children who they knew, trusted, and felt comfortable with.

As Katherine neared adulthood, she wasn't content to spend her time in social pursuits with her peers.  She chose to be directly involved in helping the needy in the Detroit area instead.  She established an orphanage and founded a facility to aid young mothers.   

In 1891 Tracy McGregor came to Detroit to run the Mission for Homeless Men that his father started.  Katherine met Tracey while volunteering at the Children's Free Hospital, and she and her father gave generously to McGregor's mission.

Katherine loved music and was a pianist. Her friendship with Tracy grew when she volunteered to play the piano and sing at the McGregor Mission services. 

McGregor didn't come from a wealthy background, and was reluctant to marry Katherine because of their financial differences, but Katherine told her father she loved him, and Mr. Whitney, fond of Tracy himself, intervened by giving the mission a sizeable sum of money, and sent Tracy to Europe to learn how their social establishments for the poor and disadvantaged were run.  

Upon his return, and after the death of her father, the couple married in San Francisco, California in 1901.  Tracy didn't want a Detroit ceremony because he feared people would think he married Katherine for her money.

After an extended honeymoon the couple returned to Detroit where they gave unselfishly of themselves to the mission and other charitable causes.  They were great philanthropists and established the McGregor Fund in 1925 - a private foundation organized "to relieve the misfortunes and promote the well-being of mankind."  The McGregor Fund is still assisting organizations serving the metropolitan Detroit area today.

Tracy McGregor died in 1936, and Katherine died in 1954.  She suffered from depression, and was committed to Craig Psychiatric hospital in Beacon, N.Y. where she spent the last ten years of her life.  They had no children. Both are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

This concludes today's history lesson!  ;-)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tea in the News

During a private meeting yesterday at the Presidential Palace in Ghana, First Lady, Melania Trump, had tea with Ghana's First Lady, Rebecca A. Kufo-Addo.  It's Melania's first five-day solo trip to Africa as First Lady.

[Internet Photo]

So far, no actual tea photos are on the Internet, but I always love it when tea makes the news.  Melania's trip will conclude in Egypt.  The news coverage prompted me to show my African teapots.

Several years ago while I was still a church secretary/office manager, one of the associate pastors went to Africa and brought me back a lovely tea set that I proudly display on a bookcase in my family room.

Do you have any African teawares?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy October!

[Love & Blessings Image - Internet]

The end of the summer is not the end of the world.  Here's to October... - A.A. Milne

It's chilly [in the 50's] and rainy in Michigan on this first day of October.  Definitely sweater and hot tea weather.

Speaking of sweaters, my sweater from Talbots arrived today. I took some photos so you can see the teapot/teacup images on it.  I'm anxious to wear it, but it's a bit too colorful and busy to wear on my job at The Whitney.

I'm still waiting for the other two tea-themed tops to arrive because they were a separate order.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

A Multi-Faceted Day

Normally I'd be working today, but I was told late yesterday afternoon there were only two reservations scheduled for Afternoon Tea at The Whitney today, so one of the servers would cover it and I should take the day off and enjoy it.  Tomorrow there are several reservations scheduled.

My hubby and I decided to go see the matinee showing of Unbroken - Path to Redemption at the local theater.  It's the sequel to Unbroken released in December 2014.

The theater has just undergone a complete renovation, and we picked which 'assigned seats' we wanted.  They are recliner seats, so don't go to the movies when you're tired or you'll fall asleep and miss the movie!  ;-)  We arrived early for the 1:30 p.m. showing and nobody was there yet, so I took my hubby's photo in the new comfy seats.

I blogged about seeing Unbroken on January 2, 2015.  You can read that post here.   Both movies are the real-life story of American WWII prisoner of war hero and 1936 Olympian long distance runner, Louis Zamperini.  The sequel is produced by his son, Luke Zamperini. After the war, Louis was tormented by PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder] flashbacks of the cruelty he endured by the Japanese POW commander, known as 'The Bird.'

Without giving any more spoilers, I'll conclude by saying it's an inspirational movie about faith and forgiveness, and it's a MUST SEE.  The film is 98 minutes long.

[Internet Photo]

After the matinee, Jerry and I went to an early dinner at Ruby's Chinese Restaurant where I enjoyed oolong tea on this fall day in Michigan [63 degrees]. 

~ Sweet and Sour Chicken ~

Before leaving for the theater, the Activities Director at the Assisted Living Facility called to ask what my theme for October would be.  When I told her I was planning on telling the residents good-bye this Sunday because my new job doesn't leave a lot of time for research, she disappointedly exclaimed, "Oh, no!  We had you first!"  She went on to say how much the high-functioning residents looked forward to the monthly teas and programs.

I didn't have the heart to let her or the residents down, so October's theme will be Special [Teddy] Bears throughout Time, and How They Came to Be.  I'll do my best to keep the monthly programs going while working at The Whitney, but if any local readers think this is something you might be interested in doing, please contact me and we can discuss it.

One last thing... When I was having my tea [Ringtons Classsic 1907 blend] while sitting at my computer this morning, I received an e-mail from Carson's.  You may remember my lament a while back that Carson's [a Bon Ton Store] was going out of business and would permanently close their doors in September.

They did close, and their buildings are vacant, but the e-mail said "The new Carson's is here!"  They're now an on-line store.  'Tis the age in which we live!