RAHWAY — The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association will be hosting an “afternoon tea” on Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m. in the museum, located at 1632 St. Georges Avenue, on the corner of Westfield Avenue in Rahway. Along with offering visitors a choice selection of teas, sweet delectables and tea sandwiches, the association will use the occasion to showcase their newly-created docent costume collection.
Afternoon teas were a custom begun in England during the mid-19th century and became popular in this country shortly thereafter among high society and upper middle class women.
Ann Hoener, board trustee and event chair, said, “The tea will be an enjoyable and educational program where we will share with our visitors social customs as they might have been conducted by the women in this area during the 19th century. This 220-year-old tavern and inn also served as a local meeting house in Rahway and therefore would likely have hosted such events for woman-run organizations in this area.”
The newly-constructed docent costumes were designed to accurately replicate what early American travelers would have worn circa 1800-1830 during the inn’s heyday. Board trustee Patricia Paszek, costume committee chair, noted that “The tea is a perfect opportunity for us to proudly debut our new costumes in the style and fun of a fashion show. We’re also excited that going forward our historical programs will have docents in appropriate period fashion as it will help our visitors better visualize what life may have been like in this long-ago era in our history.”
Admission is $15 per person and includes the food, teas and door prizes. Seating is limited, therefore, reservations are required by calling the museum at: 1-732-381-0441. The gift shop will be open, and directions to the museum can be found on the website: www.merchantsanddrovers.org.
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