Spring 2023


The Royal Tea Club

Our summer newsletter will be sent in July.

June Bus Trip - Reserve NOW!

One-Day Trip: PA Grand Canyon and Laurel Festival

Friday, June 16

Wellsboro Laurel Festival

PA Grand Canyon by horse-drawn carriage, tea luncheon, and juried arts & crafts festival.

We depart in time for a mid-morning arrival in Wellsboro, home of the PA Grand Canyon. The first stop will be the Ole Covered Wagon, where we’ll catch a horse-drawn covered wagon with a guide for a trip through the wondrous PA Grand Canyon. The tour guides are fluent in the history of the natural wonder, going back to the 19th century. They will tell tales while the horses wind their way on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Take a jump into history while enjoying everything the canyon has to offer. 

Bid farewell to “cowboy” life and journey to the historic Penn Wells Hotel for a 1:15 p.m. luncheon tea.

The Penn Wells Hotel is a step back in history with this beautifully maintained and historic hotel.

After the luncheon tea enjoy the afternoon on your own at the Laurel Festival filled with juried arts and crafts.

We depart Wellsboro at 5 p.m.

Accessibility note: Trip goers will be required to walk to and from locations. There are steps onto the Covered Wagon similar to those for the bus. If you have concerns about your mobility and the trip, please call the bus company at 717-657-9658.

*Cost: $135, club members; $145, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: May 10

Reservations/questions by phone: 717-657-9658

Reservations online: Online Reservation


6:15 a.m. Queensgate Shopping Plaza, Springwood Rd., York, PA

7 a.m. Weis Markets, Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA

Return (approximate):

8 p.m., Harrisburg

8:45 p.m., York

*The check should be made out to the bus company and must be sent to them with the form below or make a reservation online: www.Lewees.com. (There is a 3% fee for credit card use).

Bus Trip Brochure

More Bus Trips for 2023 & 2024

Mark your calendars for these upcoming trips:

  • Sept. 20: Winterthur and Tea Luncheon at Wee Fancy Tea.
  • Dec. 3-6: Four-day trip to the Biltmore mansion and other fun stops.
  • March 4, 2024: Philadelphia Flower Show and Garden Tea, a relaxing experience amidst the hustle and bustle of this massive flower show.
  • March 23-30, 2024: Weeklong trip to Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

As we finalize the plans, costs, and itinerary, we'll provide more information via our newsletter and on the Royal-tea website.

Upcoming Teas

Saturday, May 6,

1 p.m.

Franklin House Tavern

101 N. Market St.

Schaefferstown, PA 17088


Schaefferstown is north of Lititz on Route 501 in Lancaster County. The Franklin House Tavern was established in 1746 by Alexander Schaeffer and was known as the King George Tavern. The tavern has four seasonal teas per year. Come enjoy tea served in this very historic building.

Full afternoon tea includes

  • scones,
  • soup,
  • salad,
  • three savories, and
  • three sweets.

Mobility information: There are no steps into the tavern.

Parking info: There is a parking lot at the tavern with overflow parking across the street in the church parking lot.

*Cost: $48, club members; $53, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: April 24

*Please include tea and date in memo section of your check.


Thurs., May 18, Fri., May 19 or

Sat., May 20,

1 to 4 p.m.*

Higinbotham's Tea Room:

Needlearts Theme Tea

102 Lincolnway West

New Oxford, PA 17350


This tea is for everyone, no need to be a knitter, crocheter, cross stitcher, etc. Tea will be served as usual with time afterwards to have another Needlearts Theme Tea. Those who stay can work on their latest project. Having problems? Perhaps another club member can help.

Mary Jo Higinbotham served us a delicious Christmas tea in December. Come enjoy a spring tea and spend some time on your project or asking questions.

One of the oldest homes in New Oxford and winner of the 2009 Historic Gettysburg-Historical Preservation Award, the 1823 Federal-style building remains largely unchanged from its original form. There is also a small gift shop.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

Mobility: There is one small step onto the porch and a slightly taller step into the home. Once inside there are no steps.

Parking: There is free on-street parking, including Bolton Street, next to the tearoom.

Cost: $36, club members; $41, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: May 7

*Please include tea and date in memo section of your check.


Thursday, June 22, noon

or Saturday, June 24, noon*

Tea tasting: Heron's Meadow Farm

Tea: Sweet Simplici-Tea Tea Room

Heron's Meadow Farm

tour and tea tasting, noon

1596 Daisy Rd.

Woodbine, MD 21797


At 1:30 p.m., members will drive to:

Simplici-Tea Room

7540 Main St.

Sykesville, MD 21784


Heron's Meadow farm in western Howard County, is Maryland's first tea farm. Visitors can sample teas, shop, view the tea fields, walk through herb gardens, or simply relax on the patio and watch the blue herons, hawks, deer, foxes, and other wildlife. There is a gift shop with teas, teacups, and pottery made by owner, Lori Baker, who will discuss growing and harvesting tea. Tea is served on the patio.

At 1:30 p.m. club members will travel to nearby Sykesville for a full-afternoon tea at Simplici-Tea Room.

Mobility information for Simplici-tea: There are no steps into the tea room.

Parking info: There is parking behind the tea room, on the street, and in a lot across the street (which does have stairs).

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

Cost: $40, club members; $45, guests/non-members (includes tea tasting and afternoon tea)

Reservation deadline: June 8

*Please include tea and date in memo section of your check.


Sat., July 15, noon

(doors open at 11 a.m.)

Annual Royal-tea Luncheon

Our theme this year is Alice in Wonderland and our program will be the Wonder of Alice by Alan Gesford who will answer the question: Why garden? He'll explore the multiple rewards and the interrelationship of these rewards by sharing his experiences to entice others to garden, expand their garden horizons, and/or take more time to smell the roses (and other flowers). 

Alan is a civil engineer who worked for various municipalities and then spent 20 years with Penn State in several special programs that provided training to local government employees. After retiring, he became an avid gardener and was a Master Gardener with Penn State Extension Services.

This is a catered event and includes:

  • Barbecue sandwiches,
  • Roasted potatoes,
  • Fruit salad,
  • Tossed salad
  • Dessert
  • Hot water for tea
  • Teabags (or feel free to bring your favorite tea)
  • Iced tea
  • Lemon
  • Sugar

As usual, we will have a book sale featuring gently-read books donated by members. Stock up on your supply for the next year. Our silent auction will also be held with awesome items donated by members.

Please note: Use the front door to enter (no steps). Come early to unload and be ready to start lunch at noon

Cost: $25, club members; $30, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: July 8


Thurs., Aug. 10 or Sat., Aug. 12, 1 p.m.

Sweet Remembrances Tea Room

118 S. Market St.

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


Nancy Reppert, tearoom owner, is vacationing in Ireland this year. Come join her for an Irish Tea. Then visit The Rosemary House gift shop next door, owned by Susanna Brill Reppert. There you will find teas, spices, and garden items.

Both Nancy and Susanna have been loyal supporters of the tea club for many years. This is also the site for the PA Tea Festival in September (for more information see the article below).

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

Mobility: The main entrance has three steps and the handicapped door is on the side of the building.

Parking: On-street parking is free. Also, there is a is a small parking lot behind the tearoom. On Saturday only, you may park in the PNC Bank parking lot diagonally across the street.

Cost: $50, club members; $55, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: Aug. 1

*Please include tea and date in memo section of your check.


Thurs., Aug. 24 or

Sat., Aug. 26, 1 p.m.

A Tea Affair

8 Sturgis Lane

Lititz, PA 17543


The club visited this tea room in 2021 so it seemed time for another visit. A Tea Affair has a separate gift shop at 34 E. Main St. Visit the shop before or after your tea or stroll to the nearby Wilbur Chocolate store as well as other locally owned shops.

Mobility: There are no steps into the tea room.

Parking: There is a lot beside tea room on Sturgis Lane and also on-street parking.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

Cost: $45.50, club members; $50.50, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: Aug. 17

*Please include tea and date in memo section of your check.


Sixth Annual PA Tea Festival

The sixth annual Pennsylvania Tea Festival in the herb gardens of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances, 120 S. Market St., Mechanicsburg, Pa., is Sept. 22 and 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It celebrates the wide variety of specialty teas, herbal tisanes, tea preparation, and tea culture.

This two-day event will feature lectures on tea, specialty workshops, tea tastings, tea vendors, plus musical entertainment.

Tickets are $15, in advance and good for either day; or $18, day of event. If you purchase advance tickets through the Club, a portion of the ticket price will go to support our activities.

To purchase advance tickets, contact Donna Lerew at donnalerew@gmail.com or 717-741-2684.

Note: Tickets purchased before July 1 will be available after July 1.

Tea Recipes on Our Website

Are you hosting a tea for a special event? Our website has a selection of recipes for your convenience!

The Royal-tea Club website recipe section is perfect for everyone who loves to host a tea! We have a selection of tearooms' favorite tea sandwiches, scones, soups, and easy little sweets recipes. Whether a relaxing interlude or a stylish party, these recipes will help you to create a sensational tea-time experience!

Do you have a favorite recipe you prepare when you host teas? We would love to include members' recipes on our website as well. Just email your recipe to elaine@beaklerconsulting.com. Also, if you have tried a recipe from the website, please let us know. We would love to share your praises in an upcoming newsletter.

June is National Iced Tea Month

From NationalDayCalendar.com

As the temperature heats up in June, it’s a perfect time to celebrate National Iced Tea Month ... and the Royal-tea Club!

Iced tea was made as early as the 1870s, but an English merchant by the name of Richard Belchynden brought the beverage to popularity. During the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis temperatures began to soar. Belchynden crossed the Atlantic to sell black tea steeped hot and served to the American public. Under the conditions, fairgoers were interested in cooler beverages. Belchynden needed to switch strategies. By brewing a stronger tea and pouring it over ice, the merchant created a new product to sell.

Iced Tea Recipe



Bring 8 cups water to a simmer; remove from the heat, and add 3 Tbsp. loose tea or 6 tea bags. Let steep about 4 minutes, or until it's the strength you like. Strain loose tea with a fine-mesh sieve or remove the tea bags. Let cool, then transfer to a pitcher, cover and refrigerate.


Combine 8 cups cold water and 6 Tbsp. loose tea or 10 tea bags in a pitcher. Cover and refrigerate 15 to 36 hours, or until it's the strength you like. Strain loose tea with a fine-mesh sieve or remove the tea bags.

-- Recipes from FoodNetwork.com

Club Policies


Membership dues for new members and for membership renewals are payable by Jan. 1 of each year.

Dues: Download the membership form here.

Membership renewals

  • E-Newsletter + Annual Membership, $15
  • Mailed Newsletter + Annual Membership, $20
  • Late Fee: $5 will be added to any renewal received after Dec. 31, 2022 for 2023

New Member fee: $10, one-time only new member fee. (The charge allows the Club to purchase a magnetic name tag for individuals to wear at Club events.) Download the membership form here

Magnetic Name Tag: $10/name tag.


Checks made out to The Royal-tea Club that include all dues, late fees, along with new member and /or renewal applications, should be mailed to:

Elaine Agee

3161 Starlight Dr.

York, PA 17402

Please note: Elaine also can be reached at 717-578-7146 or membership@theroyalteaclub.com for any questions regarding your dues or membership.


  • Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Emailed reservation requests must be confirmed by the Club before they are considered accepted.
  • Please indicate members of your party when making reservations so we can assign seats.
  • Do not send payment until your reservation is confirmed.
  • After a reservation has been made and confirmed, payment must be received by the Club within 10 days. If it is not received within that time frame, the reservation may be canceled.
  • In the memo line of the check, please indicate which tea(s) and date(s)) are being paid for.
  • Club events are closed 10 days before the event takes place or the date specified in the newsletter.
  • Please adhere to all COVID guidelines.

Reservations and questions should be sent to Donna Lerew at donnalerew@gmail.com or 717-741-2684.


Checks made out to the Royal-tea Club and mailed to:

Donna Lerew

110 Reynolds Mill Road

York, PA 17403

*In the memo line, please note the tea(s) and date(s).


If you are unable to attend an event you have reserved, contact Donna Lerew as soon as possible at donnalerew@gmail.com or 717-741-2684. This will allow her time to contact the next person on the waiting list and you may receive a refund. Please, do not give your seat to another person in order to be fair to those on the waiting list.


Payment for tea reservations is non-refundable, unless cancelled prior to the cutoff date posted in the newsletter or if someone on the waiting list can take the reservation.

Any money from a cancellation will be a credit that can be used for future events. All unused credits will be returned after the last event in December. No refunds or credits of less than $1 will be given.


Guest fee: $5, which is added to the cost of the tea event. If the guest decides to join the Club, the $5 fee will be applied to dues for that calendar year.

Elaine Agee, Membership


Donna Lerew, Events Coordinator

donnalerew@gmail.com, 717-741-2684

Betsy GreenTea Room Reviewer


Heidi Hormel, Newsletter Editor


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