Fall 2022



Our winter newsletter will be sent in March 2023.

Upcoming teas

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.


Friday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. or

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.*

The Tea Trolley

104 Main St.

Delta, PA 17314


Full afternoon tea served in an historic home in the town of Delta, which was settled by Welsh slate miners. There are still many slate-roofed homes in the area. Come enjoy a relaxed tea before the Thanksgiving holiday and the holiday shopping frenzy.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

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

**Cost: $32, club members; $37, guests

Reservation deadline: Nov. 12

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


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

Saturday, Dec. 3, 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.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

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

Reservation deadline: Nov. 27

**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

Renewals Due Dec. 31

Royal-tea Club Memberships are due by Dec. 31 or a $5 late fee will be added to your dues. 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 membership@theroyalteaclub.com.

Is Tea a Health Drink?

According to an article from AARP on a study from the National Institutes of Health and Northwestern University, black tea may have health benefits for those who drink two or more cups daily. Previous research had suggested an association between green tea and lower mortality risks.

To look at black tea, researchers turned to a health database that included British tea lovers. They concluded that those who reported drinking two or more cups per day had 9 to 13% lower risk of mortality. The associations, they said, were observed “among participants who reported adding milk or sugar to tea and among those with a slower genetically inferred caffeine metabolism rate.” The researchers also found that those who drank more tea in the study also had a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

Read the full article.


Annual Luncheon Recap

The Annual Club Luncheon, which was held on July 16, was No. 16 for the club. Eighty members and guests attended. The catered menu included sandwiches, salads, desserts, and, of course, lots of tea.

The theme was red, white, and blue in recognition of Independence Day, and the tables were decorated in these colors. Several ladies were also dressed in these patriotic colors.

The program was presented by Janeal Jaroe of Time Travelers Trunks, which included details about Harrisburg sisters, Lavinia and Mira Dock, highlighting their political and public health work.

Next was the book sale and silent auction. These items resulted in net proceeds to the club of $596.25. This amount will help to keep the price of dues as low as possible and will also help to pay the cost of printing newsletters, upkeep of the website, the purchase of stamps, paper, envelopes and paper, as well as any other club expenses.

Remember to keep July 15, 2023 on your calendar for our 17th luncheon.

Submitted by Betsy Green, Club Roving Reporter

Tea Reviews by Betsy Green

Sweet Simplici-Tea

The Royal-tea Club ladies were on the road again to Sykesville, Md., and Sweet Simplici-Tea (www.sweetsimplicitea.com). On Aug 26, 39 attended the tea and on Aug. 27, 38 attended — not bad since quite a few of us drove more than an hour to get there. 

The Aug. 27 tea included peach ginger black tea and apple cinnamon rooibs. A delicious small appetizer of goat cheese on top of a piece of watermelon (was to this writer very good -- I will definitely make it at home). Next came broccoli cheese soup, an apple cinnamon-chip scone (served warm) and a salad with lemon poppy-seed dressing

Then came the sandwiches: a ginger snap with chicken salad on top (everyone at my table thought this was a great pairing), quiche, cucumber with cream cheese, and raisin bread with carrot salad.

Desserts were a lemon tart (my favorite), chocolate cake, and a spice cupcake. 

I believe everyone left full and would definitely like the club to return to this tea house.

Sugarplums and Tea

This tearoom is located in Lancaster, a short drive to the Lancaster outlets if you chose to shop either before or after the tea on Sept. 8 or 9. As soon as my friend and I walked into the tearoom, we smelled the delicious pastries and desserts they produce from scratch. A die-hard shopper, I also spied the jewelry they sell and bought a teapot-shaped necklace. 

Our tea consisted of a salad, warm scone, and a fresh fruit cup. Next came the sandwiches -- Hawaiian chicken (their signature sandwich), ham spread with craisins, and apple and brie on a crostini wedge. They were all delicious. The desserts consisted of a peanut mousse in a dark chocolate cup, strawberry cream tart, and a chocolate mousse on a chocolate crumb crust. Yum!!

This reviewer would definitely consider Sugarplums and Tea (www.sugarplumsandteas.com) for another visit by the Club in the not-too-distant future.

October Bus Trip Review

From Club Member Rheeta Khindri

Our day began with a visit to Grounds For Sculpture where we were invited to feel beyond our five senses to expand our traditional ideas of beauty and form. There were hyper-realistic metal sculptures of life-sized and super- sized people in full color, along with some massive architectural-themed stone pieces and a variety of metal, wood, and mixed-media abstract to semi-abstract pieces blended amongst 42 acres of gardens and landscapes comprised of thousands of plants and tree species.

One of my favorites was a huge metal sculpture 36-feet tall named “Daydream” by Seward Johnson, the founder, of the ladies from a painting called “The Dance” by Matisse, which was set next to a manmade pond in an area called the meadow.

After the mind bending, we were dropped into a beautiful and elegant Victorian experience for our afternoon tea at the Mathis House. The furnishings and décor created just the right ambiance, along with the stellar staff who were knowledgeable, attentive, and fun. They provided a seasonal tea menu with a mini tea talk and passed samples to smell so we could choose which one we would like to have first. Sweater Weather was the consensus at our table; however, they did let me have a pot of Darjeeling without flinching since I’m not a fan of fruity teas.

I really cannot fully describe how delicious and diverse the delicacies were that they provided! From the fresh and tasty salad and soup to the three tiers of savories and sweets. I mean, really, who makes pumpkin fudge that tastes like heaven and pink chocolate covered mini oreos, pumpkin scones, apricot filled puff pastry, savory biscuit something with tomato spiced butter!? Then there was the roast beef on marble rye with horseradish and beet spread and the most delicate cucumber sandwiches and more. My tastebuds will remember this tea for years.

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 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.

Betsy Green, Tea Room Reviewer


Heidi Hormel, Newsletter Editor


Elaine Agee, Membership


Donna Lerew, Events Coordinator

donnalerew@gmail.com, 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.