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February 3rd, 1998
Springtime Is 'Tea Time' In Fairmount Park

Those who enjoy grand architecture, fine antiques, gorgeous flowers-and tea!-will find delights for all the senses when the Park House Guides of the Philadelphia Museum of Art present "Tea Through Time," this year's celebration of Historic Houses in Flower. From Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19, seven Fairmount Park Houses will be awash in the colors of magnificent spring flowers (with designs created by prominent area florists), and tea will be served at two of the mansions as well as the Museum. Philadelphia's own Le Bec-Fin, one of the world's most highly regarded restaurants, will host Afternoon Tea for groups and individuals, and Brunch for groups of 15 or more.

The Park Houses (including Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Laurel Hill, Woodford, Strawberry Mansion, Sweetbriar and Cedar Grove) will be open from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. throughout Historic Houses in Flower. General admission is $12.00; tickets may be purchased at Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A special ingredient for "Tea through Time" is an Afternoon Tea to be served in the Museum Restaurant on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, with seatings at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. For $30.00 per person, Afternoon Tea at the Museum will include sandwiches, pastries and beverages, as well as admission to the Park Houses. Call (215) 235-SHOW for reservations.

Le Bec-Fin, located at 1523 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, will also present exceptional culinary opportunities during "Tea through Time." Afternoon Tea at Le Bec-Fin will be served 2:30 p.m. on April 19, and the $50 admission includes a tour of five Park Houses. Brunch at Le Bec-Fin will be served at 11:30 a.m. on April 18, and the $75 admission includes a tour of four Park Houses. All programs at Le Bec-Fin are available through advance registration only; call (215) 235-SHOW for information.

Florists participating in spring 1998's programs are:

  • All Occasions, Philadelphia
  • Always in Bloom, Southampton
  • Amber Rose Florists & Gifts, Philadelphia
  • Beautiful Moments, Philadelphia
  • Joe Blatt, Elkins Park
  • Blossoms of Cherry Hill
  • Bonnie's Wondergardens, Lansdowne
  • Michael Bruce Florist, Westmont
  • Country Flower Shoppe of Broadaxe
  • Duane's Floral Shop, Cherry Hill
  • Elverston-Jordon, Haddonfield
  • Everlasting of Haddonfield
  • A Floral Affair, West Chester
  • Floribunda, Doylestown
  • Flower Market of Ardmore
  • Forever Lasting, Malvern
  • The Gilded Lily, Philadelphia
  • J. Wesley Goldthorpe, Haddonfield
  • Kenny's Flower Shoppe, Media
  • Klinghoffer's Flowers & Favors, Ardmore
  • Charles F. Kremp III Florists, Willow Grove
  • Leroy's Flowers and Gifts, Hatboro
  • Nature's Gift Flower Shop, Voorhees
  • Perkins Flowers, Jenkintown
  • Petal Pushers, Wyncote
  • Petals Plus, Elkins Park
  • Primrose of Haddonfield
  • Robertson of Chestnut Hill
  • Sweetbrier, Haddonfield
  • Tinari Greenhouses, Huntingdon Valley
  • Nancy Waller, Cinnaminson
  • Wirth Florists, Merchantville

Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park in the United States, and the Fairmount Park Houses are considered to be the most significant group of 18th and early 19th-century examples of domestic architecture in the United States. Illustrating over a century and a half of style, fashion and domestic life, the historic houses of Fairmount Park are preserved and maintained by a number of private and civic organizations (including the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and provide the visitor with a unique glimpse into Philadelphia's rich cultural history.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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