Summer 2022


Our fall newsletter will be sent in October 2022.

Upcoming teas

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

Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. FULL

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

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

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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.

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


Thursday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. and

Friday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m.

Sugarplums and Tea

403 Bank Barn Lane

Lancaster, PA 17602


This tearoom is located in a development near Route 30. Tea is served either in the library or on the front built-in porch. It is close to the outlets if you want to shop before or after tea. There is parking on the street or in a parking lot behind the tearoom.

Take a nice ride through the Lancaster countryside and enjoy a relaxing tea.

When making your reservation, please include your preferred date.

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

Reservation deadline: Sept. 2

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



New Jersey Bus Trip -

Museum Visit & Afternoon Tea

Please save the date (Oct. 6) for a club-organized bus trip to southern New Jersey to visit the Grounds for Sculpture Museum followed by a

Victorian Afternoon Tea at Mathis House in Toms River, N.J. We'll be sending all the details and opening reservations soon.

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.



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Not Too Soon to Renew

Royal-tea Club Memberships are Jan. 1-Dec. 31, but it's not too early to renew for 2023 that way they'll be no delay in you getting your newsletter and all other communications from the Club. 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

PA Tea Festival

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, in advance or $15, day of event. If tickets are purchased through the club, a

portion of the ticket price will go to support our activities.

Tea Reviews by Betsy Green

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Greenfield Restaurant

The Greenfield Restuarant ( met our expectations. The tables were beautifully set and everyone had tea of their choice as soon as we sat down. While the menu should have included a scone and a soup or salad, what we were served was delicious. The menu consisted of chicken salad with walnuts, grapes, and cranberries on a croissant; smoked salmon on rye; caprese salad on bread; egg salad on marble bread; and a cucumber sandwich on whole grain. Dessert was chocolate mousse in a chocolate cup, cannoli, chocolate biscuit and a fruit tartlet. 

At the conclusion of our meal John Moeller, chef/owner of Greenfield and past chef at the White House during President Clinton’s and President Bush’s terms in office. Mr. Moeller also wrote the book entitled “Dining at the White House,” which was available for purchase at the end of the tea.

Forney House

This tea experience in Hanover, PA's Forney House (

was delightful. The menu consisted of vegetable soup, a strawberry and feta salad, and strawberry and chocolate scones. Next came the tea sandwiches - ham, cheese and apple; cucumber and cream cheese; a cracker with an orange jelly spread; and a croissant with chicken salad. Desserts were heavenly - key lime pie, a chocolate cupcake with orange icing, and a sugar cookie.

A variety of teas were continually served. Strawberry and cream; blueberry, honey lemonade; and black raspberry, just to name a few. All were delicious. To this writer I have never been served so many different varieties at a tea. The tables were set with different patterns of china and looked beautiful. I believe everyone was very satisfied with this tea experience.

Fox's Country Tea House

On June 18 and 22 club members enjoyed tea at Fox’s Country Tea House. It was a very nice venue and the owner and staff were fantastic.

Each person choose their tea from the many varieties offered. First, we were served two warm scones (strawberry, chocolate, and nuts and a chocolate walnut). Next was a choice of soups -- a cold strawberry or a blueberry. The choice of salads was apple, mandarin orange with almonds, or a strawberry salad. Sandwiches included whole grain with egg salad; asparagus spread on white; and the classic tea sandwich of cucumber and cream cheese; and cranberry bread with apple and cheese. A blueberry crumb cake (a very large portion) was the dessert. All in all I would recommend the club return to this tea house for one of her many upcoming themed teas.

Club Stats

As of the beginning of July, the Royal-tea Club had 207 members from nine states:

  • Pennsylvania - 142 (68% of the total membership)
  • Maryland - 37 (17.8% of the total membership)
  • Virginia - 18 (8.7% of the total membership)
  • Georgia - 4
  • New Jersey - 2
  • Alabama - 1
  • Colorado - 1
  • Florida - 1
  • South Carolina - 1

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, 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 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 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 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, 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.