It’s from 2-4pm Sunday, October 13, at the gorgeous
House, the National Historic Landmark at 301 West First Street, in
Historic District, Madison Indiana. Our four-course afternoon tea will be served on antique china on formally
dressed (but not all matching) tables. Tea will be served, of course, with sugar, milk or cream, and lemon. We’ll
begin our Gatsby tea with a champagne toast in (mostly) antique coupe stemmed glasses, classic style for a 1920’s-era
It should be noted, that fancy dressup, fancy foods and drinks, are not something children would appreciate. Nor would our other guests appreciate the chaos of children under 12. Not to mention antique china, and antiques everywhere else.
The first course is usually a chilled soup in elegant two-handled cups, then savories are served, including tea sandwiches. Warm scones are served next, with jams and coddled cream. Finally, sweets are served, which may include cookies, cakes, and/or creams in small glasses. We never send anyone home hungry.
Seating is in the large Shrewsbury dining room, and the adjoining room the family used as a study. The experience is a lovely, relaxing experience for our guests, and we lead them on an informal tour of the house when they are finished with their tea.
The Afternoon Teas are especially enjoyable when our guests “dress the part” at least a little bit. Even a modest hat,
a dress, or, for this particular tea, a feather boa and large costume jewelry and gloves would be appropriate, or even a flapper dress
and ‘20’s-era hairstyle, or bow ties for men would be ideal. We do ask that people not wear jeans or stiletto heels.
Right now we have a special offer: if tickets are purchased before October 1, they are just $25 per person. Starting
October 1,the regular price is $35. Ticketsmight be purchased online at Eventbrite [ may or may not be working, read it carefully] or by cash/check via mail or in person at the Historic
Madison, Inc. offices, located at 501 West Street. [Warning: ] Ticket sales end Sunday
October 6, so we can shop for groceries and prepare for the final number of attendees. The host mentioned she, "... would also be
happy to deliver tickets to you [those] at the Azalea Manor."
"We are recommending. It sounds like a perfectly good excuse to socialize," ~ Azalea.