Spring 2022



Our summer newsletter will be sent in July 2022.

Upcoming teas

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Saturday, June 4, 1 p.m. or

Friday, June 10, 1 p.m.

The Forney House

252 Frederick St.

Hanover, PA 17331


Our first visit to this Hanover tearoom was in November 2021. Club members praised the food and the ambience. Come back and enjoy tea in the summer.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

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

Reservation deadline: May 28

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Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m. or

Wednesday, June 22, 1 p.m.

Fox's Country Tea House

4023 Conrad Weiser Parkway

Womelsdorf, PA 19567


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Theresa Fox opened her Lebanon County tearoom in April 2021 in a small strip mall called Stouchberg Business Center along Route 422 (Conrad Weiser Parkway).

Our menu will include:

  • Two scones,
  • Choice of two soups,
  • Choice of two salads,
  • Four tea sandwiches, and
  • a dessert.

Take a pleasant drive through Lancaster and Lebanon counties to this cozy, country décor tearoom for a delicious tea.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

Cost: $34, club members; $39, guests

Reservation deadline: June 11


Saturday, July 16, noon

Annual Tea Club Luncheon

and Women's History Program

New Fairview Church of the Brethren

New Fairview Church Road, York

717-741-2684 (Donna's phone)


This is a catered event. The menu includes:

  • Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Dessert
  • Hot water for tea
  • Teabags (or feel free to bring your favorite tea)
  • Iced tea
  • Lemon, and
  • Sugar.

The theme this year is Red, White and Blue, so see what you have in your closet to add to the vibrant luncheon. We will have a presentation by Time Travelers Trunks after our catered lunch.

Historians from Time Traveler Trunks will provide an engaging, authentic, and enriching experience. The program will highlight nurse, suffragette, and advocate for women, Lavinia Dock, who grew up in Harrisburg.

A book sale featuring gently-read books donated by members will be held so you stock up on your reading supplies. Additionally, our silent auction will be held with awesome items donated by members. So, clean out your closets and drawers.


Please note: Use the front door to enter (no steps). Come early to unload and be ready to start lunch at noon

Cost: $20, club members; $25, guests.

Reservation deadline: July 9

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Friday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. or

Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.

Downton Abbey Tea Brunch

The Kitchen Shoppe

100 Shady Lane

Carlisle, PA 17013


This is the first visit by the Club to this long-time kitchen store that provides demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes. We'll be enjoying a demonstration and tea inspired by the newest Downton Abbey movie with an English tea brunch. We'll hear about proper etiquette used in afternoon tea among friends. There will be lots of information in this class and there will be Downton Abbey Trivia with an introduction to the store's in-house teas. Our menu includes:

  • Tea Sampler,
  • English Cream Scones,
  • British Spring Salad,
  • Tea Sandwich Sampler,
  • Lemon Tarts, and
  • Palmiers.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

Cost: $59, members; $63, guests

Reservation deadline: July 28

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Friday, Aug. 26, 1 p.m. or

Saturday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.

Sweet Simplici-Tea

7540 Main St.

Sykesville, MD 21786


We visited this tearoom several years ago, and they are happy to have us return. Maryland tearooms are not as plentiful as Pennsylvania's, so it will be good to return to Maryland.

Our tea will include:

  • Appetizer,
  • Soup,
  • Scone,
  • Salad,
  • Four savories, and
  • Three desserts.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

Cost: $38, members; $43, guests

Reservation deadline: Aug. 18 

NOTE: There is limited street parking, but there is a parking lot behind the tearoom and a parking lot across the street.


PA Tea Festival

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The fifth annual Pennsylvania Tea Festival in the herb gardens of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances, 120 S. Market St., Mechanicsburg, Pa., Sept. 23 and 24. It celebrates the wide variety of specialty teas, herbal tisanes, tea preparation, and tea culture.

This two-day event will feature lectures on tea, specialty workshops, tea tastings, tea vendors, plus musical entertainment.

Tickets are $12.00 in advance or $15.00 day of event. If you purchase tickets through the club, a portion of the ticket price will go to support our activities.

Changes on the Horizon

THANK YOU, Betsy Green

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The Royal-tea Club Committee wants to thank Betsy Green for her years of service as our Membership Chair as she moves into well-deserved "retirement." At the same time, we are happy to announce that the role of Membership Chair will be transitioned to Elaine Agee, who has served as co-chair of the newsletter as well as overseer of social media.

Betsy and Elaine will work together through the end of the year to make the transition as smooth as possible as Betsy becomes our Tea Room Reviewer.

To reach Elaine, call or text 717-578-7146 or email membership@theroyalteaclub.com.

Also, if you recently (or not so recently) joined Instagram, follow us @theroyalteaclubyorkpa.

In Memoriam

We would like to acknowledge the passing of Club Member Cheryl Lentz March 21, 2022. We send our sympathies to her families and friends. She will be missed.

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Club Policies


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

  • Dues: $15/year, which includes either an electronic or mailed copy of the newsletter. Download the renewal form here.
  • New Members: Additional $10/one-time new member fee. (The charge allows the Club to purchase a magnetic name tag for individuals to wear at Club events.) Download the 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 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.
  • 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


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



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.