Locals Learn All About Tea

Judy Fuller presented the program. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Judy Fuller presented the program. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

The Sheridan library hosted a tea party last night. Sheridan Media's News Director Leslie Stratmoen was there to give us the report.


Well, it wasn't high tea at Highclere Castle we shared last night at the library in Sheridan. No.

It was low tea that we learned how to make, and drink, properly, with pinkies up, not straight, but slightly bent, as taught by Judy Fuller.

To make the tea, she said, the pot must be hot and water boiling when poured onto the tea leaves, then steeped under a tea cozy.

When served, she said, you may use a serviette, which is a napkin, that is never, never, never to be called a nappie.

In the end, after her presentation, when the tea was poured and the scones (skahns), not scones, we learned, were buttered and topped with clotted cream and jam, all 35 people in the room enjoyed the treat.

And shared their exuberance over learning how the English royalty, like those portrayed in the PBS series “Downton Abbey,” who inspired the night's presentation may have enjoyed their tea, and other little tea tidbits.

Many who attended the event, like Heather Cote, were even inspired to dress the part.

She came in a silky floral dropped-waist dress wearing vintage T-strap shoes and topped with a cloche hat, because she's a fan of the show.

The presenter, who's originally from New Zealand, owns Kiwi Katering in Sheridan.

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