Sunday, March 28, 2010


The Southern Museum's Mother & Daughter Tea
Saturday, May 8 • 1 PM - 4 PM

Don your prettiest dresses for this special tea just in time for Mother's Day!
Mothers and daughters will enjoy a traditional Victorian teatime complete with sandwiches, scones, fruit, sweets and a delicious dessert finale. But that's not all - you'll also be charmed by a fashion show, music, games, and make-and-take crafts including decoupaging your own keepsake box, decorating spring bonnets and making a "tussie mussie!"

So bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal for teatime with mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, nieces and friends - the memories made here will last a lifetime!

Tickets are $35 per couple; $25 for couples that are Museum members; $10 per each additional person. You can register by downloading this form (PDF 136KB); you can also contact Jane Pies at the Museum at 770.427.2117, ext 3058, or at Registration deadline is April 30.

Sponsored By: Tea & Traditions

To view link on the museum's website and download registration form click here

* Win Tickets *

Please share your favorite mother/daughter memory to be our guest and win two tickets to the tea at the Southern Museum. Winner will be chosen April 15th by Random Number Integer.

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Friday, March 19, 2010


There are long running disputes as to the origin and naming of what we know today as Earl Grey. Supposedly it was named after an Englishman whose name was Charles and was the second to bear the ancient Anglo-Saxon title of earl. For a time he became Prime Minister under William IV (ruled 1830-1837). Great mystery surrounds the origin of his tea. The most far fetched story alleges he received the recipe from a mandarin while he served as a diplomat in China and that is not the only dispute. Twinings and Jacksons of Piccadilly argued for generations over which company had the rights to claim the original Earl Grey recipe. The Hon. Georgina Stonor, a member of the family that purchased Jacksons in 1931 from the descendants of the founder, has said: “This (secret recipe) was entrusted by Lord Grey to George Charlton in 1830 - who was a partner of Rob’t. Jackson & Co….Jacksons remain sole proprietors of this original formula which remains unaltered today…” The argument became irrelevant in 1990 when Jacksons was purchased by Twinings. Earl Grey has been a long-time Twinings best seller.

What is it about this tea anyway? It does not matter what type of tea is used, it is the oil of bergamot that is added. Bergamot is the Turkish name given to a pear-shaped fruit (Citrus bergamia) which is grown around the Mediterranean for the oil which can be pressed out of the rind and used in perfumery. The age-old question is how did it get in the Earl’s tea? An Australian, Ian Bersten, may have finally figured it out. During the time of the exile of Jews from Israel, bergamot was used as the fruit ritually used in the Jewish Succoth festival. The bergamot was obtained from Corfu which also served as the Mediterranean base for the British Royal Navy from the Napoleonic wars until 1848. The tea-addicted, British naval officers were stationed in the world’s main bergamot market throughout Earl Grey’s entire career in London, not even a month’s sail away. Apparently he liked the bergamot tea enough to be remembered for starting the craze.

The history of Earl Grey may be uncertain, but one thing for certain it is still an international best-seller!

Springtime in Paris is a black tea with the delightful aroma and taste of bergamot, grapefruit and mandarin. A delicious tea to be enjoyed anytime - but always better with a friend.

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Monday, March 15, 2010


We are thrilled to announce that you may now get some of your favorite Tea & Traditions' teas to-go at Great Harvest Bread Co. on Due West Road. They also have some of the best scones you will ever taste to go with our yummy tea. Stop by today and tell them Mari sent you!

The owners Bob & Cindy Mossey are a great couple and a ton of fun to be around. Make sure you sample of slice of their delicious breads made fresh daily.

I know many of you have missed enjoying tea and scones, but now you can at Great Harvest! It is a great partnership, one that I hope you will enjoy as much as we have.

Visit them at:

3894 Due West Road Northwest
Marietta, GA 30064-1072
(770) 421-9998

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