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APRIL - 2008



Dear Tea Friends,

There’s an old saying that the world is divided into just two nationalities — Scots and those who wish they were Scots. Penicillin, radar, the bicycle, fax machine, microwave oven, steam engine, telephone and television were invented by canny Scots. Scots-born businessman Andrew Carnegie funded the first U.S. public libraries where you can read books by Scots authors including TheWind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame, and Peter Pan by James Barrie. 

And then there’s the tea connection. According to Perilla Kinchin, in “Tea And Taste — The Glasgow Tea Rooms 1875-1975,” tea merchants and blenders flourished in Glasgow as early as 1830.  Stuart Cranston, who trained his palate working for Tetley and Twining, served baked goods and charged for tea sampled while seated at tables in his shop. This was 17 years before Lyons opened a chain of tea rooms in London! Stuart’s sister, Kate Cranston, employed architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create her first elegant Glasgow tea room in 1884. It was an artistic and commercial success.

The "Scottish Declaration of Independence" was signed by Scottish nobles in Arbroath Abbey on April 6, 1320. The declaration, which asserted Scotland's sovereignty over English territorial claims, was a model for the American Declaration of Independence.

Nine of the men who signed that document were of Scottish descent as were nine out of thirteen governors of the newly created United States. Thirty five U.S. Supreme Court justices also have Scottish blood. Sixty-one percent of U.S. Presidents, including Jimmy Carter, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt have a Scottish family background.

Tartan Day, a national holiday created to recognize the contributions made by Scottish-Americans, is celebrated on April 6th.  I’ll be making several appearances in April talking about Scottish and other Celtic Tea Traditions. I hope to meet you at one of these events:


Fri., April 4th
Celtic Theme Full Evening Candlelit Tea at 6:00pm
Apple Blossom Tea Room
39 York St.
Gettysburg, PA
717-334-0904 (ask for Brandi)

Sat, April 5th
Celtic Tea, Talk and Book Signing
1st seating:  11:00 a.m.
Speaker:  11:30 - 11:45/11:50
Book signing:  12:30-1:30
2nd seating:  2:30 p.m.
Speaker:  3:00 - 3:15/3:20
Book signing:  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

Tea by Two
814 S. Main Street
Bel Air, MD  21014
410-838-8611 (Ask for Erin)

Sun., April 6th, Noon
Talk and Book Signing
Oxford Hall Celtic Shop

315 Bridge St.
New Cumberland, PA
717-774-8789 (ask for Cindy Washburn)

Sun., April 6th , 6:00 PM
Talk, Book Signing and Tartan High Tea supper
The Rosemary House

120 South Market St.
Mechanicsburg, PA
717- 697-5111 (Ask for Susanna Reppert-Brill)

April 12, 2008
The Peninsula Hotel New York
Seatings:  2:30 pm to 4:30 pm 
Price:  $50 per person 
For reservations, please call: (212) 903-3873
Or click: http://newyork.peninsula.com/pny/information_07.html
for additional information.



Kate Cranston


Learning to bake scones at a cooking
school in Edinburgh.


Scones fresh from the oven.


Scottish sweets set for tea include a Dundee cake with almonds.







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