Spring 2024 Issue

The Royal-tea Club

The Summer Newsletter will be sent in June.

In this Issue:

  • Upcoming Teas
  • Annual Tea Luncheon
  • Tearoom Review

  • Tea Festival
  • Membership Form
  • Club Policies

Tea Etiquette Reminder

So what is the proper time to arrive for tea? It's 15 minutes prior to tea time (for example, 1:15 p.m. for a 1:30 p.m. tea). Arrive at the tearoom early? Take a stroll, listen to your car radio, or shop in area stores.

By waiting politely to enter 15 minutes before our tea time, the servers will have the time to make sure everything is ready and provide us with the best experience possible.

Upcoming Teas

Sat., May 4, 11 a.m.


117 W. Main St.

Waynesboro, PA 17268


This tearoom opened in 2004 and is owned by the mother-daughter team of Nancy Brown and Leann Watkins. Our Queen's Tea will consist of:

  • Endless pots of tea,
  • Chef's choice of soup or salad,
  • Scones,
  • Assorted tea sandwiches, and
  • Dessert.

Mobility: There is half a flight of steps into the tearoom.

*Cost: $43.50, club members; $48.50, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: April 19

*Please include tea name in memo section of your check.


Sat., May 18, 1 p.m.


Tea & Tarts

33 E. High St.

Elizabethtown, PA 172022


The owner of this tea room is from England and serves a traditional English tea. It is located in a historical building in the college town of Elizabethtown. Consider driving by the campus on Colleges Avenue when you visit this tearoom.

Mobility: The back entrance does not have steps.

*Cost: $44, club members; $49, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: May 3

*Please include tea name in memo section of your check.


Thurs., June 13 and Sat., June 15, 3 p.m.

Chef de Crepe

2017 Market St., Camp Hill, PA 17011


The Cheverez Family opened its cozy creperie in 2019 with a pop-up, followed by a food truck, and finally opened a restaurant in 2020 in Mechanicsburg, moving two years later to a larger location in Camp Hill. The business and its menu have been inspired by trips to Paris. Afternoon tea is a new venture for the family, but the generous portions will not leave anyone hungry.

Mobility: No steps, with parking on the street and to the rear of the building.

*Cost: $53, club members; $58, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: June 3

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


Fri., June 28, Sat., June 29, and Sun., June 30, 1 p.m.

Forney House Tearoom

252 Frederick St.

Hanover, PA 17331


This is one of the Club's favorite tearooms. We had a Christmas tea here in December and are returning for a summer tea. The food is delicious, the staff courteous and friendly, and the ambiance charming.

Parking is available in the lot to the rear of the property or on the street.

Mobility: Stairway up to the porch; electric chair lift available.

*Cost: $43, club members; $48, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: June 18

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


Sat., July 20, noon (doors open at 11 a.m.)

Annual Tea Luncheon

New Fairview Church of the Brethren

1873 New Fairview Church Road

York, PA 17403

Hear ye, hear ye! You are cordially invited to a Victorian Tea Party (a.k.a. the Royal-tea Club Annual Luncheon). With this year's Victorian theme, dust off your fanciest hat and beautiful gloves to enjoy lunch, tea, music, and friends. We may even have a few prizes for the fanciest hat, craziest hat, most original, and so on.

The ever-popular book sale featuring gently-read books and silent auction will be back. It's the perfect pack up all those books and favorite knick-knacks to bring with you.

Again, this year we will have a catered lunch that will be portion-controlled so there will be enough for all attendees.

Our meal will include:

  • Sandwich,
  • Salad,
  • Dessert,
  • Hot water for tea (bring your prettiest teacup),
  • Teabags,
  • Iced tea, and
  • Lemon, sugar, and milk.

Lunch will begin promptly at noon, but we will have helpers beginning at 11 a.m. to unload and cart books and auction items into the hall.

Mobility: The front-door entrance is step free.

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

Reservation deadline: July 11

*Please include tea name in memo section of your check.


Sat., Aug. 3, 1 p.m.

Blooming Hill Lavender Farm

19929 Telegraph Springs Rd.,

Purcellville, VA 20132


The Club is returning to Blooming Hill in Virginia -- which should be a shorter drive for our Virginia members. This farmette is owned by Cyndie and Peter Rinek with a garden of over 1,000 lavender plants in nearly 100 different varieties, along with a gift shop.

The menu for the tea:

  • Classic chicken salad with grapes, walnuts, and cranberries,
  • One savory lavender scone dressed with pepper jelly and Devon cream,
  • One sweet lavender scone dressed with lemon curd and Devon cream,
  • One petit four,
  • Lavender-infused Blooming Hill ice cream with chocolate square, and
  • Endless pots of tea chosen by Blooming Hill.

Our tea will be served outside, rain or shine, and the bathroom facilities are clean Port-a-Johns.

Mobility: Five steps onto the porch (with railing).

*Cost: $45, club members; $50, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: July 23

*Please include tea name in memo section of your check


Thurs., Aug. 22 and

Sat., Aug. 24, 1 p.m.

Sweet Remembrances Tearoom

118 S. Market St.

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


Nancy Reppert, owner of Sweet Remembrances, and her sister, Susanna Reppert Brill, owner of Rosemary House next door, have been long-time members of the Royal-tea Club. This is a favorite tearoom -- some claim Nancy's scones are the best ever.

Our tea will include:

  • Salad,
  • Six savories,
  • Scones with jam and cream,
  • Dessert, and
  • Endless pots of tea.

Everything is beautifully prepared and served. Come, relax, and enjoy a delicious tea by Nancy.

Mobility: Three steps into the front of the tea room; parking is on the street with very limited parking to the rear of the building.

*Cost: $45, club members; $50, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: Aug. 12

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


Sat., Sept. 7, 2 p.m.


and Tea

403 Bank Barn Lane,

Lancaster, PA 17602


We visited this tearoom several years ago, and thought it was time for a return. Our Courtyard Tea includes:

  • Fruit cup with scone,
  • Four savories,
  • Trio of sweets, and
  • Endless pot of tea.

The tearoom is near many of the shopping centers on Route 30. 

Mobility: There are no steps at the front entrance with parking on the street, but there are steps to the parking lot behind the tearoom.

*Cost: $32.75, club members; $37.75, guests/non-members

Reservation deadline: Aug. 31

*Please include tea name in memo section of your check


7th Annual Event

Sept. 20 and 21

The Club will once again be selling tickets to the annual PA Tea Festival, starting in July. This event will be held in the herb gardens of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and celebrates the wide variety of specialty teas, herbal tisanes, tea preparation, and tea culture.

This two-day event will include a range of vendors as well as lectures on tea, specialty workshops, and tea tastings, plus musical entertainment.

Tickets are $15 in advance (and from the Club) or $18 day of event.

For more information, visit the festival website.


Reviewed by Betsi Green

The Royal-tea Club's 2024 started out on a very good note on March 26 at Infusions.

We had 67 ladies attending, which is the highest number of participants at any tea to date. Congratulations to the Club.

The menu consisted of soup, salad, quiche, scones, sandwiches, and desserts. The tearoom always serves more than enough food, so there were plenty of to-go boxes.

The tearoom is run by the high school students of the Career and Technology School. They prepare and serve the food as well as clear the tables. The students also made all the items at a bake shop located where the tea was held.

As I myself can attest to, a wonderful experience was had by all.

Take Note ...

We are working on scheduling more bus trips and as soon as the details are finalized we will share the information. Keep your eyes on your email box.

While we work very diligently to describe the mobility challenges (or not) at the tea rooms we visit, if you ever have questions or concerns about steps, parking, or bathrooms, please call the tearooms for all of the details.

Royal-tea Club Memberships

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Club Policies


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

Dues: Download the membership renewal form here.

Membership renewals

  • E-Newsletter + Annual Membership, $15
  • Mailed Newsletter + Annual Membership, $25
  • Late Fee: $5 will be added to any renewal received after Dec. 31, 2023 for 2024

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 new member 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

1790 Stone Hill 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.
  • 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 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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