Recently my senses experienced a significant time of appreciation and discovery. . . discovery of the history of the suffragettes, and the English Afternoon Tea by appreciating exceptional teas, scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries.
Oh, how I enjoy . . .
- The deliciousness of scones, tea sandwiches, and yummy pastries enjoyed during the celebration of Afternoon Tea
- The aromatic notes of tea
- The history of tea
- The traditions of tea
- The friendship that tea creates, renews, and sustains
- The healing provided by tea for the soul, body, and mind.
Sunday Afternoon Tea at Sweet Remembrance, once again, provided an opportunity for me to indulge in all the above tea offerings while discovering Alice Paul (gender equality advocate and a leader in the movement to grant woman the right to vote). A visit with Alice Paul was made possible through the phenomenal knowledge and talent of Alisa Dupuy who does first person interpretations of Ladies of History. I have had the honor of attending her interpretations of female spies from WWII, Catherine the Great, Queen Victoria and yesterday Alice Paul, Alisa brings each woman to life through her accurate historical interpretations and period-correct ensembles. Ms. Dupuy's interpretations are an opportunity to experience living history through speech, dress, and personality of each lady of history.
The "Remembering our Past" afternoon tea program encouraged me to learn more about Alice Paul and my "Jailed for Freedom" pin purchased several years ago. I had done considerable reading about Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton but had never read much about Alice Paul or Carrie Chapman Catt. This lack of knowledge will soon change as I intend to read more on each of these woman who unselfishly devoted their lives for us to have the right to vote and equal rights. Through a link in this blog I encourage you to visit the Alice Paul Institute web page for details on her life and legacy.
Once again my passion for tea has opened another door of knowledge for me to explore. Raising my cuppa of a Taiwan Oolong in thankfulness to the Ladies of History that devoted their lives for our equality.
The Tea And Hat Lady