A “Victorian Tea Party” at the Ingomar Club Dec. 9 is a fundraiser for the Clarke Historical Museum. (Clarke Museum — Contributed)

There’s nothing quite like a Victorian tea party for celebrating the spirit of Christmas. So, the Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka invites members and their guests to dust off their Dickensian finery for the annual “Victorian Tea Party.” The party will take place at the Ingomar Club in the historic Carson Mansion from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9.

“The annual tea party has become quite the event on Humboldt’s social calendar, and the atmospheric setting of the Carson Mansion really brings the spirit of a Victorian Christmas to life,” says Ben Brown, director/curator at the Clarke. “While costumes are not required, hats and gloves are encouraged. If enough people come in hats, we might even hold a ‘Best Holiday Hat’ contest.”

Along with a meal of scones, sandwiches, teacakes and petit fours and big pots of hot tea, guests will be treated to a nostalgic display of Victorian gowns and textiles. Musical accompaniment will be provided by local harpist Julia Sheppard, and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $50 per person for the tea or $60 for tea plus a guided tour of the Carson Mansion, with all proceeds going to fund future developments at the museum. Parties of six may reserve tables in advance. Tickets are available through any Clarke Museum member, at the museum or on the museum’s website at www.clarkemuseum.org.


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