Teasing palates with historic teas May 8-9

       People can sip on historically flavored tea events during both days of the weekend of May 8-9.
       The May 8 affair, titled the Spring Afternoon Tea, will be at the Old Colorado City History Center from 2:30 to 4 p.m.,
       On May 9, the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host its first-time Mother's Day Teas at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
       The price of adminission is $18 for the History Center event, with seating limited to 52 people. Reservations are necessary at 636-1225.
       The price for the Rock Ledge teas is $20 a person, with limits of 16 people for each of the two scheduled times. Reservations are also necessary; the number is 578- 6777.
       At the History Center, activities will include a “historical vignette” about a bride of the 1870s by Sarah Swint-Martinez and a review by Susie Schorsch of the book, “Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West,” according to Joanne Karlson, president of the OCCHS.
       “Back in Victorian times, afternoon tea was a time for social conversation and/or discussion of local issues,” Karlson said.
       At Rock Ledge, a Mother's Day Tea “is something we've been wanting to do for awhile,” said ranch interpreter Elizabeth Barber. “We completely book up the Holiday Teas [in December], but that's only once a year. This is a chance for mothers and daughters to come out to Rock Ledge Ranch for Mother's Day.”
       Participants will receive guided tours of the ranch's two historically restored houses (Rock Ledge and Orchard), followed by a tea in the Orchard House, with guides and servers dressed in the style of the late 1800s. “An afternoon tea would have been very popular in the Victorian and Edwardian ages,” Barber said.
       Included with the beverage will be “very traditional” food, such as cakes, tarts and cucumber sandwiches, she said.

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