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Civil War, Titanic eras are brought to life

West Pittston’s ‘Victorian Lady’ hosting tea events at Stegmaier Mansion

Hostess for the tea events, The Victoriana Lady - Lisa Griffiths-Lewis - at the Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes-Barre.

Photo by John Thomas Grant.

April will mark milestone anniversaries of two iconic historical events – the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War and the 99th anniversary of the end of the Titanic.

What was life like in 1861 as the Civil War began? And what was the living like aboard the Titanic before it hit the iceberg?

To find out, reserve a place for a spot of tea and/or a dinner at the historic Frederick Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes-Barre with Lisa Griffiths-Lewis, aka the Victoriana Lady.

Lewis and her partner John Grant – through their West Pittston home-based business the Passion Projects – are presenting a series of tea events at the Mansion with Civil War and Titanic themes.

The first, on March 12 and 13, is themed for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Period re-enactors will talk about life at the time. Actual letters from the battle lines, and from the home front, will be read. Other artifacts will be shown and passed around for a closer look.

Two teas are dedicated to the memory of the sinking of the Titanic and will begin a year-long series of Titanic-themed events leading up to the 100th anniversary of the sinking next April.

The first Titanic event, on April 10, is called The Last Dinner on the Titanic.

A reasonable sampling from the menu of the final dinner will be served, prepared by Executive Chef Jody Klocko – the only American to win the gold medal at the prestigious Coupe de Monde World Pastry Cup in Lyon, France, and the former head chocolatier at Godiva.

The second Titanic tea event is April 16. It will be a “low tea”, or as Passion Projects calls it, the Titanic Afternoon Tea, which includes fresh baked scones and pastries, including homemade chocolate truffles.

To enter the Stegmaier Mansion – meticulously restored by owner Joe Matteo – is to step back in time to the decadent Gilded Age, where the Victoriana Lady completes the effect with authentic fashions and etiquette of the time.

Reservations are a must. Call 570-655-8392 and ask for Lisa Lewis.

Attendees should be ages 10 and up.

Additional Tea Events

Antique Appraisal Tea - March 26-27

Mother/Daughter Tea - May 7-8

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