This is a grand year for St. John’s 14th annual Victorian Tea, on Nov. 7. The Tudor building where the tea is currently held is 100 years old this year.
Mr. Tudor, the merchant who built the building, will be on hand to entertain you, helping us celebrate this grand event.
The talented Jack Ewing, Pratt, will be portraying “Tudor the Merchant” at the tea.
Lovely ladies and fine gentlemen will be waiting to serve you delicious savories, sweets and tea as you enjoy a delightful afternoon at the” Victorian Tea”.
Additional exhibits will include paintings of St. John’s native artist, the late Mace John, on acclaimed painter. His art pieces will be on display from 1:30-4:30 p.m the afternoon of the tea at the Ida Long Goodman Library.
Mace exhibited his paintings in juried shows, not only in Kansas, but also in Missouri, Colorado and New Mexico. Spending time in Taos, New Mexico created a keen interest for Mace in the Indian culture, thus his inspiration for beautiful paintings of Native Americans. One of Mace’s finer works is a self-portrait as an Indian Scout. A medium that Mace perfected was the use of inexpensive liquors for his paintings. This made the colors more intense. Mr. John was an art teacher in the Junior High School in Hutchinson.
Another exhibiter will be Wayne Konkel, Pratt, who has an amazing collection of old toasters dating back 100 years, when toasters started becoming a part of our lives. The toaster collection will be exhibited from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the American State Bonk Hospitality Room, corner of Main and Third. Konkel will be on hand to talk about and demonstrate the very unique “bread” browning machine and how it has evolved for use in our kitchens through the years.
Tickets for the Victorian Tea include entry to all events. For ticket information contact the tea committee at 620-549-6391 or 620-549-381. Advanced purchase of tickets is recommended. There are two seatings: 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.