From Mary H~
As Mary and I work on our book Mary & Me detailing our friendship tethered by letter writing, we are on the lookout for special events, books or online sites that relate to these themes. Today, I would like to highlight an event that links letter writing and friendship with another love: drinking hot tea and visiting tea rooms. Letters and tea coalesce at an Iowa tearoom that letter writers and tea lovers won’t want to miss.
The upcoming “Love Letter Tea Party” will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a three-course tea luncheon and dramatic readings of original love letters at Miss Spenser’s Special-Teas, a beautiful English Cottage tea room and gift shop nestled amid the pastoral countryside in New Virginia, Iowa.
Miss Spenser’s Special-Teas, located south of Des Moines and only 2.5 hours north of Kansas City, provides a fabulous afternoon tea experience. If you’re looking for homemade meals with fresh ingredients artfully arranged on three-tiered trays, mahogany furniture, gourmet teas, exquisitely designed china, fine tablecloths and linens and seating for intimate conversations, you’ll find that and more.
While I haven’t experienced the “Love Letter” tea and performance, several friends and I thoroughly enjoyed a play a couple of Decembers ago about Mrs. Bob Cratchit of “A Christmas Carol” fame. It was written by owner Lady Donna and acted by her daughter Miss Spenser. The performance was well-done, the atmosphere transported us to a different time and era, and the food was delicious. Another time, my friend Maxine and I attended an afternoon tea without a performance, and we were just as delighted with our experience.
“Love Letter Tea Party” hosts two showings: Saturday, Feb. 14 at 11:00 am and Sunday, Feb. 15 at 1:00 pm. The cost is $30 per person. To make a reservation or for more information, visit their website: missspensersspecialteas.com. Looking ahead, please note that in March the program will be “Irish Tea” and in April it will be “New Downton Abbey.”
Mary and Me: Two Lives in Letters and “Love Letter Tea Party” both highlight friends and letters. You won’t want to miss either.