Visitors to the William Alfred Moore House on Saturday were able to step back and experience a holiday treat as if from years past at the first Holiday Tea hosted by The Mount Airy Restoration Foundation.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., hot tea was served in China at an elegant table along with a selection of food that included finger sandwiches, French macaroons, mini-quiches, sugar cookies.
Those who partook were welcome to tour the home and enjoy their tea in any room they chose, or listen to live music performances.
Three local garden clubs, Garden Gate, Modern Gardeners and Mountain View, had decorated the home with live greenery throughout – not so much as an artificial pine needle could be found.
“The greenery turns the house into Christmas,” said Phyllis Riddle, of Winston-Salem.
Organizers said the foundation wanted to do something special for the season since the annual Tour of Homes had been cancelled this year.
Though the tour will be back on next year, they are considering offering teas at other times of the year.
“We wanted to see how it went,” said Peggy Rees, who serves on the foundation board, adding that it went very well.
The tea and the setting helped foster a peaceful ambiance, she said.
“One woman told me it gave her a chance to be quiet for a while and really feel Christmas.”
Darla Page and Meredith and Gina Moon, of Winston-Salem, had heard about the tea while touring the Downtown Holiday Art Walk and decided to drop in, taking their tea to an elegant room where a fresh tree lit with white lights stood in the front window.
Meredith Moon had never had hot tea before.
“This is fantastic,” she said, sipping from the delicate tea-cup.
A room toward the back of the home was filled with various “tea party” set-ups, some small for children, some adult-sized.
“I’ve never seen so many tea pots,” Rees said.
Betty Wright, a foundation board member, pointed out a teddy bear sitting at one of the small tea parties that her brother had given her when she was 6 years old.
“I can remember waking up and him giving it to me,” she said, recalling the excitement she felt, and the apples, oranges and nuts her mother would put in shoeboxes for each child. “Back then you were just glad to get something.”
The Holiday Tea will be open at the Moore House on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.