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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Ladies enjoy turn of the century tea party and reading in Hemet

 

Last updated 7/26/2019 at 12:54am

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The ladies in their turn of the century gowns and dresses sign in for the first special tea party Saturday, July 13, at the Victorian Bridal Museum and Tea Room on Harvard Street in historic downtown Hemet.

A dozen ladies dressed in turn of the century gowns and dresses and wearing their large hats and shawls strolled into the Victorian Bridal Museum and Tea Room, 146 N. Harvard Street, in historic downtown Hemet Saturday, July 13.

The local ladies were invited that afternoon to enjoy an authentic tea at Eve Faulkner's shop. The tea room was originally the ground floor of the Hemet Opera House in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Faulkner decorated the shop to look like set of "The Phantom of the Opera."

Linda Greilich of Golden Era Productions was the guest of honor.

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Actress and singer Linda Greilich from Golden Era Productions in San Jacinto portraying "Ramona" author Helen Hunt Jackson reads the writers excerpts at the tea party at the Victorian Bridal Museum and Tea Room, at 146 N. Harvard St. in Hemet.

Greilich, portraying author Helen Hunt Jackson, who wrote "Ramona" and brought national attention to the mistreatment of the American Indians, gave excerpts written by Jackson about the Trial of Sam Temple. Temple was a cowboy in the 1860 who was tried for the murder of Juan Diego who was falsely accused of stealing a horse. Temple was found innocent. Juan Diego is depicted as Alessandro in the nationally known Ramona Outdoor Play held in Hemet each spring.

The costumed ladies and a few gentlemen enjoyed their tea accompanied with small sandwiches, scones and sweets catered by Party Planners from San Jacinto.

Lori Van Arsdale, past president of the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater, talked about the Bowl and the upcoming summer concerts held there each Thursday evening throughout the summer. She offered for sale prints of the new actors of Ramona and Alessandro by artist Susan Eyers Anderson and other "Ramona" gifts to the guests. The sales will benefit the amphitheater.

Faulker said the Saturday tea is the first in a series of classical teas for the community, special occasions and private parties. The Bridal Museum and Tea Room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (951) 255-4411 for more information about tea room events.

Tony Ault may be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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