If you are among the masses who can't get enough of "Downton Abbey," the York County Heritage Trust has an evening planned just for you.
Tea Tuesday at the Trust, inspired by the popular PBS series currently in its third season, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Founders Hall, 250 E. Market St.
The idea for Tea Tuesday at the Trust grew from the staff's shared interest in "Downton Abbey" and a desire to showcase the Trust's collections and archives that are relevant to the show's setting, said Melanie Hady, director of marketing.
"It is a current, popular, history-oriented series that we felt tied into our mission," Hady said.
"Downton Abbey" is a soap opera of sorts with historical roots, she said.
"We really think that the craze that is 'Downton Abbey' spans the generations," Hady said. "There are folks who are young professionals that are crazy about it, as well as people in their 50s, 60s, and beyond."
"As Americans I think we have a fascination with nobility and castles and that sort of thing, but it's also a turn-of-the-century soap opera, and there is lots of drama, tragedy and heartbreak," Hady said.
Exhibits at the tea will reflect an "upstairs, downstairs" theme, she said.
Period clothing and silver and ironstone tea services will be on display, Hady said.
Guests will be served tea and scones, Lady Mary cocktails, tea sandwiches, wine and "witticisms."
David Walsh, a member of the Trust board of directors, will give a Tea Talk, and walk-through tours of the Trust's Victorian House Museum, Bonham House, will be offered later in the evening.
Guests are encouraged - but not required - to dress in costume.
Downton Abbey's current season is set in the 1920s, and staff members of the Trust will be dressed in period clothing to resemble cast members, said Hady.
Those who arrive in costume will be entered in a drawing to win a teatime gift basket.
The Trust staff received costume assistance from York Little Theatre, and worked together with Hayman Studio to create a "Downton Abbey" inspired photo shoot at York's historic Hahn Home, now the Kuhner Funeral Home.
"We have had a great response so far," Hady said. "We were hopefully that we would get some new audiences into our museum and see some new faces."
Tickets for Tea Tuesday at the Trust are $10 and must be purchased in advance by calling 717-848-1587 or at www.yorkheritage.org.
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