Summer 2022


Our fall newsletter will be sent in October 2022.

One-day Bus Trip

Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

One-day Bus Trip:

Grounds for Sculpture

Tea at Mathis House

Nestled in the heart of central New Jersey lies Grounds for Sculpture, a magical place where art and nature are always at play. At its core are more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, each thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parkland full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers.

Then, we travel to Toms River, N.J., for a full-Victorian afternoon tea at Mathis House. In addition to a pot of tea person, the tea includes:

  • a cup of homemade soup,
  • garden salad,
  • scones with clotted cream,
  • a variety of five tea sandwiches,
  • and a plate of miniature desserts.


The bus departs:

  • 9 a.m. from Queensgate Shopping Center
  • 10 a.m. from Lancaster Shopping Center

The bus will return approximately:

  • 9:30 p.m., Lancaster Shopping Center
  • 10 p.m., Queensgate Shopping Center

Cost: $172, club members; $182, guests (includes motorcoach transportation, admission to Grounds for Sculpture; tea at Mathis House; and taxes and gratuity (including driver gratuity).*

Reservation Deadline: Sept.1, by phone to Donna Lerew at 717-741-2684.

Final Paymnent Due: Sept. 8,  check with filled out form (see below)

OR download the flyer and reservation form here.

Upcoming Teas

Saturday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m.

East Berlin Historical Society Tea

Red Men's Hall

332 W. King St.

East Berlin, PA 17316


The East Berlin Historical Preservation Society will host this tea. We are still working on the details of the menu along with a possible program, but we wanted to make sure that you reserved the date.

*Cost: $35, club members; $40, guest

Reservation deadline: Oct. 7

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


Thursday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. or

Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m.*

Kate Pearl Tea Room

111 Stoner Ave.

Westminster, MD 21157


This tearoom was originally Gypsy's Tearoom. We have visited this tearoom several times that is located in a charming historic building. Visit their shop and buy some tea to take home and enjoy. 

Our Full Afternoon Tea menu includes:

  • Soup or salad (chef's choice),
  • Scones,
  • Fresh fruit,
  • Tea sandwiches and savories,
  • Assorted sweets, and
  • Sorbet.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date and also whether you need downstairs seating.

*Please note: Each date has its own seating time.

**Cost: $37, club members; $42, guests

Reservation deadline: Oct. 27

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


Christmas Trip

Overnight Bus Trip - Bethlehem in December


The Royal-tea Club will organize an overnight bus trip to Pennsylvania's Bethlehem in December to get everyone in the holiday mood. More details will be shared soon.

Not Too Soon to Renew

Royal-tea Club Memberships are Jan. 1-Dec. 31, but it's not too early to renew for 2023 that way they'll be no delay in you getting your newsletter and all other communications from the Club. Print or click on the form below or visit the renewal page on the website.

For questions about Club membership, reach out to Elaine Agee, Membership Chair, at 717-578-7146 or

Club Policies


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

    E-Newsletter + Annual Membership, $15

    Mailed Newsletter + Annual Membership, $20

  • New Members: $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 new member form here.
  • Magnetic Name Tag: $10/name tag.
  • Late Fee: $5 will be added to any renewal received after Dec. 31, 2021 for 2022 Membership Renewals. Or after Dec. 31, 2022 for 2023 Membership renewals.


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.

Betsy Green, Tea Room Reviewer

Heidi Hormel, Newsletter Editor

Elaine Agee, Membership

Donna Lerew, Events Coordinator, 717-741-2684

About the Club

In the heart of Southern Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, The Royal-tea Club has been a cherished tradition for over 15 years. the organization was established by a group of women whose objective was to provide gathering events for other individuals for cultural and intellectual pursuits, while enjoying a nice cup of tea. Women of diverse interests and talents come together to foster friendships, promote the arts, and enjoy various speakers. Variety is the spice of life, so we visit a variety of tea rooms, throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Our past trips have taken us to tea rooms in England, Scotland, Ireland, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, North Carolina and South Carolina.