Fall 2022



Our winter newsletter will be sent in March 2023.

Additional tea dates

Thursday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. or

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m.


Additional Dates

Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m.*

Friday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m.

Higinbotham's Tea Room

102 Lincolnway West

New Oxford, PA 17350


Our holiday tea will be at a Club favorite, Higinbotham's Tea Room, where the food is prepared daily and all homemade.

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. Built by banker, John N. Hersh, the home has 12-foot ceilings, magnificent windows, and working fireplaces.

There is also a small gift shop, and New Oxford has many shopping opportunities including the Christmas Haus, just down the street.

(*If you have a reservation for Dec. 1 or 3, you can move it to one of the new dates. Please contact Donna Lerew.)

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date: Dec. 11 or 16.

**Cost: $30, club members; $35, guests

Reservation deadline: Dec. 4

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


Bus Trip Survey

We have created a brief survey for Club Members interested in taking bus trips with the Club. Click the button below to be taken to a very brief survey about the types of trips that interest you, how long you'd like your trips to last, the month you'd prefer to travel, and how much you'd be willing to pay. By taking the survey, you will help us make any future bus trips work for as many members as possible.

Fill Out Bus Trip Survey

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, 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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

[email protected]

Heidi Hormel, Newsletter Editor

[email protected]

Elaine Agee, Membership

[email protected]

Donna Lerew, Events Coordinator

[email protected], 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.