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The Fine Art of Tea

The Fine Art of Tea

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The Fashion Archives & Museum (FA&M) is pleased to invite its friends and supporters to an afternoon tea and program featuring Judy Larkin, also known as the "Tea Lady" (Figure 1). Her lecture, titled "The Fine Art of Tea" will explore the history and refinement of taking afternoon tea, and a full afternoon tea will be served. Guests will also have sufficient time to explore the current exhibit "Through the Lens of the Beholder: The Fine Art of Fashion," highlighted elsewhere in this newsletter. Guests are encouraged to wear vintage clothes and hats from their own wardrobes.

Ms. Larkin, a native of Manchester, England, is one of only a handful of people in the world who have earned the title "Certified Tea Specialist" from the Tea Association of the USA. She has been a member of trade delegations to Sri Lanka, India, China and Nepal where it was possible to study tea cultivation in the world's top producing nations. In fact, she has crossed three oceans and 26 countries on four continents in her continuous quest to learn more about the world of tea. She has also studied in depth its history as well as the etiquette, superstitions and the customs surrounding the consumption of this beverage worldwide.

Acclaimed for sharing her vast knowledge with a touch of humor, her "students" have ranged from the elegant clientele of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel to elementary school children and even inmates in the Virginia Prison System. In 1994, she was named "Woman of the Year in Prince William County, VA" for her continuing efforts to improve the status and quality of life for women. Educated in Europe, she graduated from the Burleigh College in Manchester, England, and the Alliance Française in Paris, France.

The program will be held on Thursday, November 9, and begins at 2 p.m. Prior registration is required; please copy and fill out the attached form as directed and send it to the FA&M. Space is limited, and registrations will be processed on a first-come first-served basis. Participants will receive a confirmation e-mail. Please contact fasharch@ship.edu or call (717) 477-1239 with any further questions.

We are looking forward to sharing an elegant and informative afternoon with our faithful friends and genteel supporters.

Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University

The Fine Art of Tea
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