High Tea and Hats: a fashionable affair


Submitted by Sandra Ketchum, Mill Marketing Director

This summer’s Home for Dinner: Kitchens before Convenience, 1890 to 1945 exhibit at the Spencerville Mill profiles an era of ashes and iceboxes, pumps and pantries; as well as the lean years, when making do took on a new meaning. An exploration of vintage kitchens within the historic ambience of the Spencerville Mill has proven to be a popular attraction.
But the old Mill is about to pivot to an antiquated, but immensely pleasurable and elegant tradition, called “High Tea”, which enticed women out of the kitchen and into the parlour. This afternoon tea event meant putting on your best finery, bringing out cherished cups and saucers, creating platefuls of carefully manicured sweets, and, just maybe, a trip to the millinery store for a new hat.

Traditionally, the only thing missing at this woman-centric occasion would have been Robert E. Blackmon, who adds extra bling and fanciable thinking to whatever he does. And, luckily, the Mill’s High Tea & Hats special event has this covered.

Says Robert: “I always enjoy a good party. A nice cup of tea, wearing your Sunday best, and a fashion show. What could be better?”

In fact, this is Robert’s third fashion show in the village of Spencerville, which somehow manages to stay ahead of the curve, or at least on the periphery of whatever is trending. His first show featured “Bold & Rebellious” contemporary fashion, his second, “All Tied Up”, was all about beautiful scarves, and this third presentation is a modern take on a retro look inspired by 1930s millinery classics.

This fancy tea invites attendees to dress in their best and wear a hat if they wish. Since Robert has been doing millinery design for about 20 years, they might just allow space on their hat rack for an addition, given that all hats in the fashion show are for sale following presentation. One special designer hat will also be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with proceeds donated to the Spencerville Mill & Museum.

Why is this important for both designer and buyer? “I love accessories, all accessories. The perfect hat not only completes an outfit, but reveals your true personality,” says Robert.

This event at the Spencerville Mill & Museum, 11 Water Street, will be held on Sunday, July 28, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, and includes tea with savoury and sweet dainties, plus fashion fun. In keeping with “High Tea” precedents, yes, there will be a silver tea service, Wedgewood china and other embellishments, including a vintage dress display from Sheila’s Bombshell Boutique in Brockville.

To secure a $12 ticket, reserve in advance by dropping by the Mill, 10 am to 4 pm.
​Call 613 658-5885 or email: spencervillemill@icloud.com

Purchase on-line at: https://1000islands.snapd.com/events/view/1264959


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