Our next SpecialTea is scheduled for Sunday, May 8th, 2016, Mother's Day from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. LaRee Johnson, of Astoria, Oregon will give a presentation entitled, Amazing Lace. The program will feature lace from her private collection, with examples of vintage and handmade laces, as well as accessories made of lace.
"On the charm of lace, as beauty's aid, it is hardly necessary to dwell: all acknowledge the graceful and softening effect of filmy ruffles and delicate webs of...thread." And it is stitch by stitch, and thread by thread, lace is that lovely embellishment added for nothing more than to beautify. Lace has a rich history, a woman's art and often a peasant's means of making a living.
LaRee has recently acquired a lace sampler from England that shows the delicate threads that make up the bobbin lace made over a century ago by women, not machines. Anyone who does needlework will appreciate the artform this represents made in the convents, the poorhouses and by ordinary women who depended on the income from this "cottage industry." You are invited to step back in time when ladies enjoyed a "froth of frillies" and a cup of tea.
Please call for reservations: (360) 642 2442
LaRee Johnson, Photographer & Writer
LaRee Johnson, a 26 year Astoria resident, has been an avid collector and presenter of vintage fashions. She has authored and photographed Ladies' Vintage Accessories , a 333-page comprehensive value and identification guide on ladies vintage fashion accessories from mid-1800s to modern. She has also enjoyed photographing her travels from New Zealand to the UK.
LaRee and her husband, Andrew E. Cier, have collaborated on the self-published Destination: The Pacific Guidebook and Personal Journal, listing all the Lewis & clark sites at the mouth of the Columbia River from Long Beach, WA to Cannon Beach, OR. She directed and produced HERstory, a video filmed by Mick Alderman, the journals of 3 pioneer women, including Mary Riddle who settled with her family in clatsop County. The journals are read and set in Clatsop County locations. She is active in the community with membership in the Clatsop County Historical Society and the Lower Columbia Preservation Society. She shares a working studio with her husband, Andrew E. Cier in downtown Astoria, available by apointment.
This vintage building lends itself perfectly to hosting afternoon tea. Over the years we have hosted many, though not always on a regular basis. So, you could say rather than being “regular” they have become “special”, hence “SpecialTeas”. We enjoy the ritual of bringing out the Samovar and brewing up a selection of premium teas. You needn’t be a connoisseur to appreciate the power of a cup of tea to transport you in both a sensual and metaphysical way. Our SpecialTeas are designed to do just that.
Enjoy bottomless cups of tea served from our Samovar.
Our tea offerings include both savory and sweet delicacies as well as scones.
"Jane Austen is one of the most beloved and influential English novelists of all time. To those who love her, she is like the brightness of burnished silver--something lovely, with sparkle, that makes our world more beautiful."
[From Remarkably Jane--Notable Quotations on Jane Austen, by Jennifer Adams] Here are some quotes from this book:
"It wasn't really me that everyone went crazy about--it was the character [Fitzwilliam Darcy], who'd been around for a couple of centuries."--Colin Firth, 1997
"When you begin to love Austen, her world doesn't seem that antiquated. Her characters worry about money, deal with embarrassing family members, cringe at social slights, and spend more time than they should hoping to fall in love, even when the local prospects don't seem that promising." --Robin Swicord, 2007, Director of the film version of The Jane Austen Book Club
"One of Jane Austen's greatest talents is that she presents sexual tension with such subtlety." -- Joan Klingel Ray, 2005, President of the Jane Austen Society of North America, 2000 - 2006
"How did this early-nineteenth-century novelist become the chick-lit, chick-flick queen for today? It is not only because she is an enduring writer. So is Melville, but bumper stickers and T-shirts read "What would Jane do?" not "What would Herman do?" -- Caryn James, 2007, Film Critic for The New York Times
"When people compare Shakespeare with Jane Austen, they may mean that the minds of both had consumed all impediments; and for that reason we do not know Jane Austen and we do not know Shakespeare, and for that reason Jane Austen pervades every word she wrote, and so does Shakespeare." -- Virginia Woolf, 1913, Essayist and Novelist
"Nothing very much happens in her books, and yet, when you come to the bottom of a page, you eagerly turn it to learn what will happen next. Nothing very much does and again you eagerly turn the page. The novelist who has the power to achieve this has the most precious gift a novelist can possess." -- W. Somerset Maugham, 1955,
Playwright and Novelist
"There may not be a novelist, in English, who surpasses Jane Austen." --Harold Bloom, 2000, Literary Critic
in Winchester--blessed be her shade!
Praise the Lord for making her,
and her for all she made!
And while the stones of Winchester,
or Milsom Steet, remain,
Glory, love, and honor
unto England's Jane."
--Rudyard Kipling, 1924, Poet, Winner of the Nobel Prize