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The Telegram
  • Herkimer Home hosts first tea

  • Tea lovers gathered at Herkimer Home State Historic Site Wednesday for the first tea of the season presented by the Friends of the Herkimer Home.

    During the afternoon tea, Friends of the Herkimer Home volunteers provided period music, a four-course luncheon, lemonade, ice tea and hot tea.

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  • Tea lovers gathered at Herkimer Home State Historic Site Wednesday for the first tea of the season presented by the Friends of the Herkimer Home.
    During the afternoon tea, Friends of the Herkimer Home volunteers provided period music, a four-course luncheon, lemonade, ice tea and hot tea.
    Liz Palmer, recording and corresponding secretary for the Friends of the Herkimer Home, said the fundraiser was one of three teas put on throughout the summer months.
    “We hold a tea once a month during June, July and August and all of the proceeds made through the fundraiser go to the Friends of the Herkimer Home for upkeep and maintenance of the site,” she said.
    Palmer said the Friends of the Herkimer Home are hoping to update the kitchen at the caretakers’ house on the property. “Through the tea fundraisers and the colonial dinner, which is our biggest fundraiser in September, we’re hoping to raise enough funds to update our kitchen, which will really help during these events,” she said.
    During tea events, a hot tea is always served and this time was no exception. For this year’s first tea a cranberry blood orange tea was featured as the hot tea.
    In conjunction with the event, the Friends of the Herkimer Home are celebrating the 100th year of the Herkimer Home since it was purchased by the state in 1913 as a historic site.
    “The Herkimer Home is really the most beautiful historic site in the Mohawk Valley. General Herkimer built the house in 1764 and it still stands as it did when he built it,” said Palmer.
    The Herkimer Home was the second largest mansion in the Mohawk Valley when General Nicholas Herkimer owned the home and at the time he was the second richest man in the area.
    During Wednesday’s event, tea lovers also could try their hand at winning raffle prizes, which included candlesticks, paintings and a rustic Grandma Moses style painting of the Herkimer Home made by Palmer.
    Throughout the event, John Schuyler, a member of the Friends of the Herkimer Home, played background piano music. Friends of the Herkimer Home President Daine Faville accompanied Schuyler by singing during three songs.
    Friends of the Herkimer Home members Joan Lein and Kim Nicotera, assistant to the hostess, provided guests with food and tea as the first tea servers.
    Throughout the event tea lovers sat back and relaxed while chatting and listening to music.
    June McCarrell, a member of the widowed persons group sponsored by Catholic Charities, said she attends the event every year with the group.
    “I enjoy coming because I really like the comradery with everyone you see and talk to, and the food is always good,” she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - McCarrell said she also attends the colonial dinner in the fall.
    Also in attendance was Bill Maring, the historian of the town of Root, along with members of the Root Historic Society, including his wife, Shirley Maring, and Karen Horgen.
    “We’re thinking of having a tea for our historical society and we wanted to come and see what this would be like. I think it’s something we could do,” he said.
    The next Friends of the Herkimer Home sponsored event will be a church service at Fort Herkimer Church on Sunday, June 30, at 11 a.m. The service will be free and open to the general public. Song and an inspirational speaker will be featured. A picnic will take place after the service and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass.

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