Afternoon tea will be served on Monday May 14th at 12 Noon in the historic Phelps Mansion
ballroom 191 Court Street, Binghamton, NY. Finger sandwiches, soup, scones, clotted cream, jam and
dessert will be served with tea and coffee. A musical program will be performed at 1:15 by The
Seton Catholic Central Quartets directed by Jan DeAngelo.
Afternoon tea and Program is $20 Program alone is $5.
The English are known for their love of tea, a national affinity that is believed to have its beginnings in
the 1660s, when Catherine de Braganza, wife of King Charles II, made tea popular through-out the
country. However it was not until 1830-1840 when Anna the seventh Duchess of Bedford and friend to
Queen Victoria, popularized the custom of afternoon tea as we know it today.
Anna grew tired of the “sinking feeling” she experienced every afternoon .Since dinner was served
fashionably late in her household, she needed some light refreshment in the afternoon. She asked for a
tray of tea, bread, and butter, and cake to be brought to her room. Soon, she began inviting friends to
join her afternoon ritual, and a beloved institution was born.
In almost every tea-drinking country, the beverage is associated with hospitality and taking time for
refreshment and contemplation.
Reservations for the Afternoon Tea must be made by May 11th by calling 607-722-4873