Spring 2021

First Tea of 2021: A Tea Affair

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Saturday, June 12, 2 p.m.

A Tea Affair

8 Sturgis Lane, Lititz, PA 17343


Our Garden Tea will include:

  • Tea and Scones
  • Garden Salad
  • 3 Tea Sandwiches
  • Crème Brule
  • 3 Pastries

Cost: $26.50 for members; $31.50 for guests

Maximum reservations: 30

Reservation deadline: June 1

The tearoom has a separate gift shop located at 34 E. Main St., which is open 10-5p.m. on Saturday. Visit the shop before or after your tea for a variety of tea and gift items.

The Tea Cart

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Wednesday, June 30, noon

The Tea Cart

16 W Main St.

Berryville, VA 22611


We visited this tea room in September, 2017. The driving distance from York is two hours on Route 15. It should be a lovely drive down to Virginia in June. If you want to carpool, contact Donna, 717-741-2684.

Cost: $39 for members; $44 for guests

Maximum reservations: 40, minimum 20

Reservation deadline: June 21


Annual Tea Club Luncheon

Saturday, July 17, noon

Annual Tea Club Luncheon

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.

As usual, we will have a book sale featuring gently-read books donated by members. Stock up on your supply for the next year. Our silent auction will also 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: $10, club members; $15, guests.

Reservation deadline: July 9


The Tea Trolley

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Saturday, July 31, 2 p.m.

The Tea Trolley

104 Main St., Delta, PA 17314


Come enjoy afternoon tea in Victorian elegance. This tearoom is located in the town of Delta, which was settled by the Welsh. Even today, many of the roofs are covered in slate mined in the area.

Full Afternoon Tea includes:

  • soup du jour,
  • finger sandwiches,
  • miniature desserts,
  • scone with lemon curd, jam and cream and
  • choice of tea.

Cost: $29, members; $34, guests

Maximum reservations: 40

Reservation deadline: July 19


Sweet Remembrances Tea Room

Sunday, Aug. 15, 1 p.m.

Sweet Remembrances Tea Room

118 S. Market St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

This tearoom is in a restored post-Civil War era red brick row home in historic downtown Mechanicsburg.

Owner Nancy Reppert opened her business in 1the tearoom in 1990. Next door is the Rosemary House, an herb and spice specialty shop owned by Susanna Reppert Brill. Both women are long-time members of The Royal-tea Club.

Afternoon tea includes:

  • 4 sandwiches,
  • fresh fruit,
  • 2 homemade fresh-from-the-oven scones,
  • 3 petite desserts, and
  • a bottomless pot of tea.

Cost: $35, members; $40, guests.

Maximum reservations: 30

Reservation deadline: Aug. 4

Review: Mt. Hope Estate

When The Royal-Tea Club gathers, its always a gala event; this was not to be true for our tea at Mt. Hope Estate. With great anticipation, we arrived at the estate, which hosts an afternoon tea in the elegant Victorian mansion. We had dreamed of sipping tea while we gazed at the amazing stained-glass windows, admiring the rich history of the estate.

The afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and scones left a little to be desired. And, our tea was served with tea bags and warm water.

To address the situation, several individuals felt that we should share our lackluster experience with the staff at Mt. Hope. Our kind words of sharing brought an overwhelming response by the staff at Mt. Hope.

Vicki, their coordinator, extended an invitation to several members of The Royal-Tea Club to attend a focus group, the purpose of which was to provide feedback on their upgraded tea service for the many bus trips they would be hosting during the upcoming holiday season.

Just to sweeten the entire experience, Vicki and the Mt. Hope chef joined us for focus group tea. Their goal for the teas is to host a crowd-pleasing event that aligns with Victorian tradition. We were served a cup of tea, three finger sandwiches, and a scone with jam and clotted cream, which were enjoyed by all. We also enjoyed pound cake and poached pears for dessert, accompanied by nearly faultless, ever-gracious services. 

Fittingly, the afternoon tea was not rated over-the-top by the focus group members, but a big improvement over our initial visit. It was a great learning experience for all that once you open your heart to others, the possibilities are endless. 

Reviewed by

Elaine Agee

Club Policies


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

  • Dues: $10/year for an electronic copy of the newsletter; $15/year and receive a 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.

All dues, new member, and renewal applications should be sent to:

Betsy Green

365 English Ivy Drive

Lititz, PA 17543.

Please note: This is a new address for Betsy. She also can be reached at (410) 259-1853 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 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 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.

HISTORY: The Royal tea Club was started in February 2005 by a committee of women who just love to "do" tea. Our purpose is to have fun and fellowship. At least one tea event a month is scheduled March through December, usually in Maryland or Pennsylvania. We also love to travel, incorporating visits to more distant tea rooms on our trips. Our members are currently from Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. We never have membership "meetings" and average 300 members per year.

Club Committee and Contacts

Betsy Green, Membership Chair

Heidi Hormel, Newsletter Editor

Elaine Agee, Newsletter

Suzanne Krause, Web Master

Donna Lerew, Events Coordinator