Tea is a beverage that can be enjoyed anytime. During the cold winter months, I drink a lot of hot tea. I love to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot tea. It’s the perfect drink for sitting and watching the snow fall. When the winter flu or cold strikes, tea is the drink for me. There is just something so comforting about the beverage.
Let's have a tea party! This year will be my ninth annual Mother's Day tea. I got the idea while searching for a gift for someone that didn't really want anything - my mom. I thought it would be a treat for her to have wonderful food, be waited on, have meaningful conversation, and just plain fun! She absolutely loved it!
Well, maybe it is if you don't get sick with a cold, flu, or have seasonal allergies going haywire! For those having the icky, sickness blues, I've found one magic cure-all in my kitchen that seems to alleviate or outright cure a lot of my health woes.
Tea! Yep, that's right. Good ole tea is the fix-all I'm talking about. Each type of tea has its own health-helping properties that you might keep in mind for overall health, but they also have some special uses for the woes of winter.
With my previous articles on Bowler hats and Steampunk, it should come as no surprise that I love tea. I began drinking tea many years ago to impress a lady. No—I hadn’t heard about the many health benefits, I didn’t like the taste, and I had no idea tea came in colors, let alone know the difference between black and green teas. Like many a lad gone courting, I was ready to try new ideas to win a smile.
We all need something to give our day a little kick-start. Many people reach for the coffee pot when they stumble out of the bed in the morning, but me, I go for tea. Though the teabag I throw in my mug at 6 a.m. is usually the typical breakfast tea you can find in your local supermarket, there is actually an astounding array of tea out there – and just as many different ways to enjoy it.
Iced tea is as American as apple pie. It all started in 1904 at the St. Louis Exposition. A tea exhibitor couldn’t get a soul to drink a steaming cup of tea because it was extremely hot outside. He came up with an idea to borrow ice from the man at the ice cream stand. Hence, iced tea was born.
Each spring as the flowers begin blooming and the birds begin singing, we here at the Kearney Branch celebrate the season with our annual Mother-Daughter Tea.
It's our chance to gussy up the Library and give moms and their daughters some special time together. While pearls, gloves, and garden hats are optional, we have had guests take the opportunity to dress up and make the most of the event.
This Tuesday night (July 16th at 7:00 p.m.), there will be a special night at the Blue Ridge Branch. For the first time ever, we will be having an 1800s-era tea party! Children will learn the proper way to hold, drink, and stir their tea, along with many other tea "rules." Feel free to dress up (or down!), you will be welcomed either way!
Want more info on programs? Call the Blue Ridge Branch at 816.761.3382 or check online.
Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting a tea party program here at the branch. We had a visit from a wonderful representative of the John Wornall House Museum and Alexander Majors Historic House and Museum. Her name is Dorene Disbrow, and she taught us all kinds of useful things related to table manners and setting the table for tea.