The annual Victorian Christmas Tea will be held Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. tol 4 p.m. in the dining room of the 1860s era Old Church in Midtown Park, New Milford, Route 11.
A program event of Old Mill Village Museum Associates, it is free and open to the public. A silent auction as well as cash donations both help defray the cost of the program and contribute to the upkeep of the church. There is no admission charge and reservations are not required.
The sixth tea presented by OMVM, continues to increase in popularity. Upon entering the dining area patrons are greeted, then seated at tables spread with lace tablecloths, set with china and good tableware. Tea selections, made from a listing posted on each table, are served in small tea pots by costumed Village members. In lieu of tea, a pot of hot chocolate may be requested. Guests will then be directed to serve themselves at the buffet.
The Christmas tea is a high tea and can, therefore, take the place of a meal. Usually an afternoon event, the OMVM tea is scheduled over the course of the day, giving ample opportunity for many to take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere during the early Christmas rush. The buffet table is loaded with choices of sandwiches and scones, fruits and breads, cakes and cookies. Even those on special diets will find things they can enjoy. The repast is prepared by CASS The Wooden Spoon (Center for Anti-Slavery Studies, OMVM’s food provider), served elegantly.
A table of items will be available on a silent auction basis. These are provided by merchants in the area and OMVM’s Board of Directors, proceeds contributing to the Church Fund. High bidders will be contacted soon after 4 p.m. to make arrangements for payment and pick-up.
Old Mill Village Museum, although a placed property of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, no longer receives state funding. The tea event is supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through its regional funding partnership, the Bradford County Council on the Arts.