Local group to hold high tea this weekend

Yearly party supports free historical museum in old house in Moscow



“Each year attendees enjoy a traditional tea service, complete with savory and sweet treats,” says Dulce Kersting-Lark, executive director for the historical society.

SAM SCHMITKE, Evergreen reporter

The Latah County Historical Society will host a tea party Sunday at 2 p.m. in the historic McConnell Mansion, complete with bite-sized delicacies and artisan teas from around the world.

Dulce Kersting-Lark, executive director for the Latah County Historical Society, said the group has offered this event annually for about a decade.

“It is a springtime favorite and popular with families celebrating upcoming graduations or Mother’s Day,” Kersting-Lark said. “Each year attendees enjoy a traditional tea service, complete with savory and sweet treats.”

Kersting-Lark said this year the society will introduce two new elements: artisan teas and “delectable” bite-sized eats from local restaurants and caterers.

“Grandparents with grandkids, or even adult children with their parents, always have a great time chatting and sipping on tea in the unique setting,” Kersting-Lark said.

Kersting-Lark said the McConnell Mansion in Moscow is a free museum open to residents and visitors all year long. This fundraiser benefits the ongoing upkeep of the 1886 home.

Denise Thomson, Latah County Historical Society board member and volunteer coordinator of this year’s event, said she looks forward to high tea across the world.

“When I travel, I enjoy attending high tea services both here in the United States and abroad,” Thomson said. “I am eager to bring an added level of sophistication to this year’s tea.

Kersting-Lark said when guests come for the event, they will be seated in either of the McConnell Mansion’s parlors or in a former bedroom on the second floor.

“A service of savory and sweet treats will be at each table, and guests will be able to choose from a limited menu of artisan teas,” Kersting-Lark said. “Teapots will be refreshed throughout the event.”

Kersting-Lark said she hopes guests will be able to leave with a small token to remember the day by.

Tickets cost $25 per person, or visitors can buy a table of four for $80. They have a limited number of tickets available but can accommodate last-minute reservations through Friday at 1 p.m. Party guests can call the society or visit the website to make a reservation.

The historic McConnell Mansion is located at 110 S. Adams St. in Moscow.