Victorian tea parties aren’t as weird as you might think

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Benjamin Thompson

Ten of the attendants, including Ms. Fletcher, from the Key Club.

Benjamin Thompson

A few weeks ago, I decided to go out of my comfort zone a bit and try something I never thought I’d actually be doing. I had received word from the Madison-Plains Key Club, which I am now in full support for, of a social “Victorian Tea” event that I might be able to write an article about to help them get some free advertisement.

 

As you might have seen by the above picture, I eventually decided to take this one step further. For a while now, I’ve thought that the Key Club was one of many we have at our school that quite frankly deserves a lot more appreciation for all the little things they do for people. So what did I do? I actually went to this tea party and volunteered to become a part-time photographer. But as it turns out…it was actually really fun.

 

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Ten of the attendants, including Ms. Fletcher, from the Key Club.

 

Heidi Fletcher, the supervisor of the Key Club, also attended the event, and I had the opportunity to help her and others with various tasks like filling up teacups with hot water. When I asked her what she thought of the event, she told me that “What I get out of the event every year is fellowship and friendships. I also get to see many of the public library’s patrons that I leave behind when I came to Madison-Plains. I love dressing in Victorian style clothes. I guess I was born in the wrong era. Another reason I love this event is that I get those delicious cucumber sandwiches and blueberry scones.”

 

You (usually) wouldn’t think that the one teenage male to attend would actually enjoy doing such a thing, but in all honesty, I just had fun seeing everyone get along, listening to the nice, calming piano music and being the one person there who didn’t actually didn’t drink tea. I’ve particularly been a fan of old fashioned styles of life lately, and the event served as a neat way for my eyes to be opened up to another type of living, although I doubt I’ll be buying one of those dresses anytime soon.

 

While on the subject of fashion, I do have to admit that was one of my favorite parts. It’s less a matter of me being a fan of it and more of me liking the Victorian (men’s) style clothing. I also liked the variety of snacks and gifts and goodies that were all available. There were raffles for old dolls and souvenirs galore, which should please the minds of want-to-be collectors. So if you’re ever in the right place at the right time, why not stop down for a cup of tea? It’s sure to be lots of fun!