Friday Lectures

Informative programs 45 minutes on tea included in your ticket price.  
Seating hall limited to 50.

10:30 –   Tea Time British Style           

Tea is a very popular beverage enjoyed throughout the world and with it are associated many meal time traditions. During this session, we will jump across the pond to England to discover how teatime is an integral part of British life if quite far removed from what we offer in tea rooms. Lin Henry will highlight the differences between High tea and Afternoon tea as they are known in Britain and used in the States. She will also discuss the characteristics associated with these two types of tea, how they are similar, and what makes each one unique. Continuing this topic, she will share the many tea time possibilities, from Cream Tea to Elevenses to Nursery Tea and more. A retired English literature teacher and now owner of Tickle Your Fancy, a delightful tea and gift shop in McConnellsburg, PA, Lin is an enthusiastic tea time aficionado and has traveled extensively to England and Ireland enjoying tea time wherever she goes.

11:30   -  The Colonial Tea Parties - Boston and More! 

Tea stirred up controversy in early American history when the Tea Act of 1773 was passed by Parliament to save the British East Indies Company from bankruptcy and to demonstrate the right of Parliament to tax the Colonists. In protest, on December 16th, the “Sons of Liberty” tossed 340 chests of tea into the Boston harbor. Mike Raab, STI Certified Tea Specialist/Tea Mentor and co-owner of Tea-For-All in Trenton, NJ will discuss the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party. He will also focus on similar acts of civil disobedience that occurred throughout the colonies, including several in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.  Join us to learn more about the importance of tea as the focal point for protests in the colonies at this informative lecture. After the presentation, head over to the Tea-For-All tent where you are invited to sample the variety of five teas that played a role in the Boston Tea Party

12:30 -  Champions of Tea- Women Who Left a Thumbprint on History 

If you skim the standard history of tea, one would conclude that men built the market and women just socialized and drank tea. Not true! Champions of Tea will paint a very different picture and highlight the women who deserve credit for contributing to the history of the world’s most impactful drink. This talk will address the significant and long-lasting influence of the innovative women, who helped shape the history of tea; socially, politically, culturally and through business and trade. So, meet these women of immense character, achievement and impact in an historical overview of their influence on the tea market. Tea will be served!  Judi Slack is a passionate tea devotee from Cleveland. Being fascinated with tea her whole life, she put this passion to work; studied hard, sampled lots of tea and received five certificates from the World Tea Academy.  She says the following ancient Chinese proverb best defines her relationship with the world of tea “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than of tea for one.”

1:30 --   Chinese Tea Serving Table Set Up in 10 minutes!

It is said that the Gong Fu Style brewing is the preferred method to taste fine teas. However, the equipment involved and the perceived complexity of preparation often intimidate many tea lovers. Come and learn how to prepare an elegant Chinese tea table setting:  Step by step with guaranteed success! When done in order and through this method, you will soon see how easy it can be to arrange the necessary utensils and create a simple yet effective atmosphere “Gong Fu” Style! Presenter Dr. Sally Wei hails from California. She enthusiastically embraces tea cultures from around the world incorporating the philosophy of “Jing Si” (Still Thoughts).  “Jing Si” is utilized in the understanding, preparation and enjoyment of the blessings of tea. Dr. Wei owns Sally’s Parlor (, a tea education facility in California. She is also the founder of Sky Teas Company (, offering tea tours in Taiwan.


 2:30 -    Japanese Tea Traditions. The Way of Tea  

Sachiko Houck, born in Fukuoka, Japan but currently residing in Lancaster, PA will share her knowledge of the Japanese style of tea. With a strong background in the ‘way of tea’, learning from her mother during her early years, and continuing her studies with  Chado Urasenke Tankokai in Philadelphia, (a kyokai or alumni association of the Urasenke international school of tea ceremony), Sachiko will offer a glimpse into Japanese tea traditions. This class will provide an introduction to the cultural aspects of the tea ceremony, which provides a once in a lifetime moment, never to be repeated.  The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a lifelong learning process, incorporating the four principals of the tea ceremony; harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility, while essentially creating a moving meditation for the guests and host. Featured in the tea ceremony is Matcha tea, a powdered green tea. The evergrowing popularity of Matcha tea has placed a spotlight on the early cultural use of this tea. The unique variety of equipage used in the preparation of Matcha will also be discussed.