Winter 2023

The Royal Tea Club

Our spring newsletter will be sent in April.

April Bus Trip - Reserve NOW!

One-Day Bus Trip

Monday, April 3

A D.C. Experience

Cherry Blossoms, Luncheon Cruise, Gardens, Tea & More

Enjoy a two-hour luncheon cruise experience on board the all-glass

Odyssey. Take in monumental views of Washington, D.C., delectable

dining, and a sophisticated ambiance.

After the cruise, we will visit the U.S. Botanic Gardens, a museum with

living treasures of the plant world. The towering leaves, graceful

flowers, delicate seeds, and exotic fruits of plants at their peak are

displayed artfully throughout the historic Conservatory. This is a selfguided


We end our day with a visit to Teaism for tea and dessert. Founded in

1996, the tea house's goal is to make exquisite loose leaf tea accessible

to all. In a time and place where tea is too often a dark powder in a bag

with a string, these tea enthusiasts wanted to highlight the beautiful

diversity of the camellia sinensis plant. To accompany the teas,and to

highlight the cuisines of countries where teas are grown, Teaism, in

addition to desserts, serves curries, bento boxes, and other Asianinspired


*Cost: $165, club members; $175, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: March 1

Reservations/questions by phone: 717-657-9658

Reservations online: Online Reservation


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

8:45 a.m. Queensgate Shopping Plaza, Springwood Rd., York, PA

9:15 a.m. Park & Ride, Parkton, MD

Return (approximate):

7 p.m., Parkton & Ride

7:30 p.m., York

8:15 p.m., Harrisburg

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

Bus Trip Brochure

More Bus Trips for 2023 ...

Keep your eye on the newsletter and the website for more information on upcoming bus trips.

Upcoming Teas

Sunday, April 16 or April 23, 1 p.m.*

Mama Mish's Homemade Dishes

12600 Harford Rd.

Hydes, MD 21082


This Maryland restaurant and tearoom is a new site for the club. Our Baltimore Tea will include:

  • soup,
  • quiche,
  • sandwiches,
  • scone/muffin/biscuit (one of these), sweet, and
  • tea.  

The member who recommended Mama Mish's says the food is delicious. Come visit a new tearoom.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

Mobility information: There are no steps at the tearoom.

Parking info: there is a parking lot at the tea room.

*Cost: $38, club members; $43, guests (includes tea tasting and afternoon tea)

Reservation deadline: April 6

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


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 (includes tea tasting and afternoon tea)

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, guest

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 for their new favorite mug, 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. She 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: There are no steps into the tea room.

Parking info: there is a 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 (includes tea tasting and afternoon tea)

Reservation deadline: June 8

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


Mark Your Calendars: Saturday, July 15

Annual Tea Luncheon

New Fairview Church of the Brethren

1873 New Fairview Church Road,

York, PA 17403

All the details for the Club's Annual Tea Luncheonn will be in the Spring Newsletter, out in April, but we can say that the theme will be Alice in Wonderland.

2022: The Year That Was

For those who like statistics, here is a review of teas for 2022. We had 26 teas at 14 tea rooms.

We went to 2 tea rooms in Maryland, one in New Jersey (on a bus trip), and 11 in Pennsylvania.

There were 209 members at the end of 2022. And in early 2023, we were at 195 members.

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 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.
  • Due to the ongoing pandemic, please indicate members of your party when making reservations so we can assign seats appropriately to help keep everyone safe.
  • 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.
  • Due to the ongoing pandemic, please adhere to all current mask guidelines.

Reservations and questions should be sent to Donna Lerew at 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 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, 717-741-2684

Betsy GreenTea Room Reviewer

Heidi Hormel, Newsletter Editor

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