Saturday Lectures

Informative programs 45 minutes on tea included in your ticket price.  

Seating hall limited to 50, First come, first served seating.


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9:30  Herbal Teas for Winter Health
As the winter season quickly approaches, it is time to consider what you need to stay healthy and strong through the changing seasons. During this educational presentation, Henriette den Ouden will share her expertise in the ways of herbal tea, including how to create your own teas to fit your needs. This program covers a wide range, from considering the benefits of harvesting the herb tea properly, to choosing which herbal teas to consider for their health benefits to achieving your preferred flavor profile. For example, the proper cup of tea can aide with sleep, can provide energy when needed, even benefit your immune system or help with seasonal allergies. Henriette den Ouden, herbalist, tea blender, and farmer along with her partner Chris Himmel own Habanera Farm, in Tyaskin, MD. Considered Maryland’s first licensed tea farm, they create teas from herbs they, or other Maryland farmers, grow and sell on-line and wholesale. Tea tastings and herb growing classes are also featured at their farm.

10:30  Tea, Tearooms and Women's Suffrage
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote. This session explores the special relationship between tea, tea rooms and the women’s suffragette movement. That there was more than a causal connection between tea and suffrage activism is undeniable. Tea rooms are romantically portrayed as cozy and pleasant places to relax and enjoy tea with cakes, biscuits and sandwiches. Tea room nostalgia is reinforced though evocations of scones and clotted cream. However, hidden behind the olde world façade is a darker history. These unobtrusive locations became a force exploited by well-organized militants. Who were these militants – the suffragettes. To organize a demo or prepare a window breaking protest, activists needed a safe place- tearooms. The goal of the tearooms was to create an organizational base for mobilizing militants and co-opting sympathizers. They provided a respectable cover for anti-establishment programs and recruitment. Learn how suffragists used tea and tearooms as tools for gaining the vote. Tea of course, 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. Ms. Slack also teaches various tea information classes at her local community college and offers tea related presentations at area libraries. 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.”

11:30 Looking Beyond the Tea Cup
In the 21st century, tea has emerged as a champion of social enterprise. The beauty of tea, coupled with the introduction of tea tourism, have promoted social change and enhanced the effort to improve the lives of the rural tea producers, including improving wages and offering educational opportunities while maintaining their long cultural heritage. Tea has become a positive agent of change through the promotion of tea tourism offering the opportunity to discover the culture and traditions associated with the leaf. This illustrative lecture will take you on a tour through the tea gardens of Nepal to 'meet' the people growing, plucking, and processing your tea. Hearing their stories will help you connect with the real people behind your cup of tea. This presentation will include an interactive session offering the opportunity to reflect on what tea really means to each other. Join Pratik Rijal, of Nepal Tea, the third generation in his family to be actively involved in the family tea business. Nepal Tea https://nepalteallc.com/ is a social enterprise that connects rural tea producers to the global market, and empowers the farmers economically, uplifts them socially, and offers high-quality tea at a fair price and provides the opportunity to directly impact the underprivileged farmers.

12:30 Historical Tea Gardens 
It is our pleasure to welcome returning instructor Teresa Weddelman from Ohio. During this informative lecture, Teresa will guide us on a journey back in time to explore the beginnings of tea gardens or pleasure gardens. A pleasure garden was designed for strolling, or for relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea. The beginnings of present day botanical gardens incorporated tea houses into their designs. Discover the history of these beautiful botanical gardens along with amusement parks and early tea rooms. Teresa Weddelman  travels from Ohio to guide us on this journey through history. Teresa is a certified tea sommelier by the World Tea Academy. She also completed the tea specialist course offered by the World Tea Academy and is a graduate of Bruce Richardson's Tea and Etiquette Class.

1:30  Tea Trivia - Didja know that?               
Test your knowledge about tea and pick-up some interesting information and tea trivia facts that might be new to you during this casual, relaxing, and entertaining session. From the types of teas and their characteristics plus brewing information, to the tea growing regions around the world, to the difference between afternoon tea, cream tea, or high tea, who knows what wealth of topics and information will be included in this session about our favorite leaf. Join Deb Raab, Specialty Tea Institute Certified Tea Instructor and owner of Tea-for-All Tea Bar and Tea Shoppe located in Trenton NJ as she guides the group through this challenging (perhaps) yet fun (definitely) tea time session.

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 ever growing 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.