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Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum hosts Annual Victorian Tea

By Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

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Tea lovers, history buffs and those looking for a unique experience will delight in attending the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Annual Victorian Tea. On Sunday, May 5 at 2:00pm, the Victorian-era National Historic Landmark salutes the great afternoon “teatime” tradition, said to have been started by the Duchess of Bedford, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting.

The family-friendly event features a formal English tea in the Mansion’s Rotunda, including a wide selection of desserts, sandwiches, and the traditional scones and cream, catered by tea ceremony expert, Carol Timpanelli of the Royal Tea Company. Music will be supplied by young artist Phoebe Costello from New York City who was recently featured on PBS’ Christmas special Handel’s Messiah Rocks and was the winner of the American Idol Experience at Disney World. The Tea is chaired by Marianne Howatson, Publisher of Cottages & Gardens Publications. Event sponsors include AT&T, The Bank of New Canaan, King Industries and Bigelow Tea

Tickets for the Tea are $35 for members and $45 non-members. Proceeds will go to support the Museum and its artistic, cultural and educational programs.

Howatson says, ““The Mansion’s Victorian Tea raises awareness for this National Historic Landmark and is an event that people truly look forward to every year. There’s certainly not a better place to have fun and enjoy a traditional tea than in the grand architecture of this Victorian-era Mansion.”

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation. The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk. Tours will begin in April and are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. For more information on tours and programs, visit, e-mail, or call 203-838-9799.

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