Did you know that there is an enchanting Children’s Spring Tea that takes place every year right here in the Hudson Valley? Would you believe me if I tell you that it is held in a historic location by the majestic Hudson River?
Well, it’s true…
Let me show you some highlights from the Annual Mount Gulian Children’s Spring Tea and Easter Egg Hunt. After reading this post, you will see why this event is one you will not want to miss.
Mount Gulian is the location of the Annual Children’s Spring Tea
Mount Gulian is nestled by the Hudson River on the border of Beacon and Wappingers Falls. It’s easy to drive past the sign on Route 9D and think nothing of it. But boy, would you be disappointed if you do.
There is so much history in this general region of the Hudson Valley, that it’s hard to imagine not stopping in and checking this gem out. Here is some background information about Mount Gulian:
According to Wikipedia:
“The original house [on this property] served as the headquarters of Major General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben during the American Revolutionary War and was the place where the Society of the Cincinnati was founded. The site is registered as a National Historic Landmark.”
When does the Annual Children’s Tea take place?
During my visit, I had the privilege of speaking to Jessica Smith, Public Relations & Events Coordinator. She informed me that they host Children’s Tea twice a year: the Children’s Spring Tea and the Children’s Holiday Tea in December.
They attempt to hold the events during the local school district’s holiday break when it is often a challenge to find things to do with your child or children. And what an event it is! If you think the Spring Tea is nice, Ms. Smith shared with me that the Holiday tea showcases the historic home elaborately adorned with Holiday decorations.
According to Mount Gulian Events Page:
“Menu includes delicious, dainty sandwiches, homemade desserts and an assortment of Harney & Sons teas – all served on tables set with linens and fine china. Craft project for the children, and Easter Egg Hunt (weather permitting).”
Their website says that this is one of their most popular events, and I was able to see why. And once you read this post, you will make sure not to miss any of these events in the future.
Highlights from the Children’s Spring Tea:
This special event not only takes place within the walls of this historic home, but no detail has also been overlooked. From the delicious scones and sandwiches to the dessert platter and the tea, this is truly a precious event shared by all – both young and old.
A wonderful group of volunteers assists with the event and they take pride in being able to help year after year. The volunteers make all the tea sandwiches and some have known each other for decades. In addition, local high school students help to serve tea, sandwiches, and desserts.
One could not help but notice the gleam in everyone’s eyes as they drank tea from the most exquisite china and elaborately adorned teapots. These have been donated to the organization over the years and add a magical element to the event.
As you can see, I could not stop taking photos of the teapots. I have a special love affair with teapots.
In addition to the food and great company, the families all anticipated the Easter Egg hunt and Children’s craft that took place before dessert was served.
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Easter Egg Hunt on Historic grounds and Craft to take home:
The icing on the cake, so to speak, was the Easter Egg hunt that wowed all the children in attendance. They excitedly searched for eggs hidden around the property as their families took photos of them. I’m sure these photos will be treasured for years to come. As the Easter Egg hunt was concluding, I overheard one little girl in her Belle princess dress state, “This is the best day ever!” And that sentiment was felt throughout the event.
The children’s seasonal craft also did not disappoint. The children happily decorated wind chimes with foam shapes and each one was unique and will be a wonderful memento of this event.
A Few Things to Know before Attending the Children’s Spring Tea:
> This event is perfect for: Families with Children (any age is appropriate)
> Cost: At the time of this post, the cost is $22 per adult; $17 per child
> The event typically takes place during the week of a school break from the hours of 12 noon – 2 pm
> Parking: There is free parking on the Mount Gulian grounds
Please note: This event requires a prepaid reservation and typically sells out quickly.
Now that you’ve gotten a peek into this wonderful event, make sure to add it to your reminders so you don’t miss the next one. I know I will! 🙂
Set a reminder for:
- December if you wish to attend the Children’s Holiday Tea
- March/April if you wish to attend the Children’s Spring Tea
Check their website and/or Facebook page for updated information and remember that these Special Events only take place during these times of the year.
Mount Gulian Historic Site
145 Sterling Street
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