What do our handbags say about us and what happens when a woman becomes haunted by their visions? This 45-minute program explores the depth of the bag with story telling, an unusual display and a surprise...for sometimes a purse isn't really a purse at all!

For Dark Chocolate Lovers Only
Love chocolate? Learn more of the chocolate world while indulging in "hi-octane" samples containing between 60% & 80% cocoa solids. We pair them with a tea that can hold its own and there’s no worries about over-indulging. These chocolates are good for us!

Remembering Miss Millay
   A presentation for the passionate among us! Learn of the life and loves of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the icon of the 1920’s jazz babies and the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Interspersed throughout the presentation are dramatic readings of her poetry. 

Getting Acquainted with the Burgundy of Tea
Known as the Burgundy of teas, Keemun is considered one of the ten most famous  Chinese teas. We'll sample five varieties  as well as learn its lineage, which foods pair best with it and how to cook with it.

The Stories My Clothing Can Tell: A Fashion Show

If our clothes could speak, what stories would they tell? With a look at the history, cultural happenings, and personalities behind ten reproduction gowns, guests are introduced to vintage fashions and accessories spanning the 1880’s through the roaring twenties.

Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait?

  Alice Paul picketed the White House and organized hunger strikes when thrown in jail. This program is a dramatic look at the tactics of the daring and charismatic woman who organized the first examples of civil disobedience in our country.

Current Programs

Fashions' Follies: What Were They Thinking!?

Sometimes fashions from another era find us shaking our heads and wondering,"What were they thinking!?" This program allows us an amusing step back in time for a peek at fashions that hid a woman’s real body, gave her the look of a mermaid, and helped make swooning the rage!

For the Love of Lavender
Lavender no longer belongs only to swooning Victorian heroines! Rich in history and legend, it has a place in your kitchen and your home pharmacy! This 30-minute program explores all lavender has to offer - including surprising folklore - and is ideal if followed by afternoon tea fare featuring culinary lavender.

The Big World of Chocolate

Taste premium samples of white, milk, dark, and exotic flavored chocolate and pair each with a different tea. A program guaranteed to awaken your senses!

Octavia Ashford & Her Ghosts
It's the late 1890's and you're a guest in Lady Octavia Ashford's parlor. Octavia tells an eerie Victorian ghost story and shares why the Victorians were so fond of their "Pale Shades." Laurie then appears to discuss this unique genre before telling a second, quite short ghost story.

How On Earth Did Tea Make It This Far?

   While tea has been hailed as the elixir of immortality, it’s also been served as a vegetable, "encouraged" with raw eggs, and considered the villainous ruin of the British race. Learn of tea’s perilous - and amusing - journey through time.

Speaker, Author
& Playwright

Laurie Nienhaus

Over a Cuppa
Does the spoon go in front of or behind the cup? Is white tea really white? And what is an elevenses? These are a few of the questions answered in a lively talk designed to help us celebrate the glories, as well as the latest trends, of a fine cup of tea.

Titanic: In Memory & Style

Titanic remains one of the most compelling of human stories. This fashion show features ten garments, both reproduction and original. Like The Stories My Clothing Can Tell, it is through garments of the age that we look at Edwardian culture and little known Titanic facts.