COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. July 31, 2007—The Fenimore Art Museum is pleased to offer its popular family program, Tea Time Thursdays, from August 2 through 30. Patrons will enjoy a glorious morning tea from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and an insightful discussion on the history and tradition of tea time across cultures.
Each week’s program highlights different tea traditions from around the world as practiced in such locales as Africa, Japan, Egypt, Turkey and Morocco, as well as a program focusing on the medicinal benefits of tea. A delightful selection of treats will accompany a classic assortment of teas. Morning tea will be served on the terrace, offering beautiful views of Otsego Lake and a splendid atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy time with your family or friends.
Thursday, August 2: Survey of Teas
Sip a cup of Oolong while we provide an overview of various tea traditions from different regions all over the world, important technology, and tea ware. People have enjoyed many different types of tea for thousands of years. In this tea time, our guests will learn how tea is made, the characteristics of teas, and milestones in tea history, such as the invention of the teapot.
Thursday, August 9: African Teas
In this program, participants will discover why Rooibos and other popularized African-grown teas and tisanes are forging a new market in the tea industry. Countries in Sub- Saharan Africa like Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and South Africa are able to grow their own teas and supply the tea drinking world with subtle black teas, as well as their own “red bush” tea.
Thursday, August 16: Medicinal Benefits of Tea
Since its early beginnings, tea has been thought to hold medicinal properties. Presently, it is consumed mostly for enjoyment, but it was originally taken for its replenishing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which restore the body. Tea is also praised for its ability to promote mental clarity. Today, most cultures acknowledge the healing properties of tea, both physical and spiritual.
Thursday, August 23: Teas of Morocco, Egypt and Turkey
Visitors will enjoy some iced Egyptian hibiscus tea while they explore how tea time is done in Marrakech, Cairo and Istanbul. In Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey tea is a symbol of friendship, family and hospitality. Our participants will discover the color, spice and spirit of Moroccan Mint, Egyptian Hibiscus, and Turkish Black teas.
Thursday, August 30: Japanese Tea Ceremonies
Japan has a longstanding ritual of the tea ceremony, a tradition ritual shared among friends. Green tea is served in a sacred tea house in a highly prescribed manner; there are specific ways of doing practically everything, from cleaning the tea tools to walking through the door. Incorporating dress, fine fare, flower arrangement, and calligraphy, the Japanese ceremony is a highly aesthetic experience of relaxation and friendship.
Admission for Tea Time Thursdays is $5 adult members/$3 child members and $7 non-members/$5 child non-members. Reservations are required; please call (607) 547-1461.
About Fenimore Art Museum
One of the nation’s premier art institutions, the Fenimore Art Museum is home to an exceptionally rich collection of American folk art and American Indian art as well as important holdings in American decorative arts, photography, and twentieth-century art. Founded in 1945 in Cooperstown, New York, the museum is part of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), founded in 1899. The museum’s renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection, housed in the American Indian Wing, is a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures. The collections of folk and American art include seminal works by Grandma Moses, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount, Benjamin West, and John H. I. Browere. The museum offers a range of interactive educational programming for children, families, and adults, including lectures and workshops for museum visitors and distance learning instruction for classrooms nationwide. The museum further explores and examines our cultural history by organizing and hosting nationally touring art and history exhibitions, including Grandma Moses: Grandmother to the Nation; Treasures from Olana: The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church; A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr.; Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the Adirondacks; and Ralph Fasanella’s America.
The Fenimore Art Museum is located on 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown. The museum’s Fenimore Café, overlooking beautiful Otsego Lake, features wonderful views and a tranquil setting amid the terraced gardens. The Museum Shop offers fine jewelry, art reproductions, and a wide selection of publications on folk art, history, and Native American art. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 and over, and $5 for children age 7 to 12; children 6 and under and NYSHA members are admitted free. Reduced price combination admission tickets that include The Farmers’ Museum and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are also available. The museum is open from April 1 through December 30. For museum hours or general information, please call 1-888-547-1450 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.
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