Fall 2021



Our winter newsletter will be sent in February 2022.

Upcoming teas

Saturday, Oct. 23, noon

Theme Tea: Scrapbooking

Common Grounds Cafe

Bethlehem United Methodist Church

109 E. Main St., Dallastown, PA 17313


This is our second visit to this cafe and our second themed tea. This time we're featuring scrapbooking. You will have the opportunity to make two cards and a surprise craft. Rose Ortel will lead the group in the craft. No special skill required. Bring your questions about scrapbooking for a lively discussion as we make the crafts.


Cost, tea & craft: $33 member, $38 guest

Cost, tea only: $28 member, $33 guest

Maximum reservations: 40 

Reservation deadline: Oct. 13

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Saturday, Nov. 6 and

Sunday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.

Forney House

252 Frederick St.

Hanover, PA 17331


This is a new tearoom in Hanover. The house was built in 1905 by the Forney family, who had a farm outside of town. One of the sons moved to New York, and when he returned to visit, he wanted a more comfortable place to stay than the farmhouse. So he had the Forney House built and later sold it to his brother for $1. It is a beautiful house with a B&B on the second floor.

Mr. Forney invented a piece of equipment used in high speed trains in New York City and Chicago.  

Diane, the current owner serves a wonderful tea with soup, salad, savories, and sweets along with a bottomless pot of tea.

Note: There are a total of nine steps to the tearoom but there is a ramp on order. The staff is very happy to help if anyone has mobility issues.

Cost: $35.50 member, $40.50 guest

Maximum reservations (per tea): 30  

Reservation deadline: 10/29

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Saturday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.

Theme Tea: Reading

Emig Mansion

3342 N. George St.

York, PA 17402 (Emigsville)


There is a new owner of this tearoom (and B&B) that is located in a beautiful mansion. The tea includes soup, salad, scones, sandwiches, dessert and Rose Black Tea.

A discussion of The Tea Girl on Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See will be led by Karen Dull, a librarian with the Harford County (Md.) Library, where she's worked for 18 years. This book is available through your local library or bookstore. Members are encouraged to read the book before the tea, but even if they have not read the book, they are welcome.

Cost: $41, member, $46, guest

Maximum reservations: 40 

Reservation deadline: Nov. 9


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*NOTE: If 2022 dues are not paid by Dec. 31, 2021, the cost will increase to $20 ($15 dues + $5 late fee).

Review: Higinbotham's and

Needle Arts-themed Tea


Review by Elaine Agee

Mary Jo Higinbotham, owner of Higinbotham’s Tea Room, graciously hosted our recent needle arts-themed teas. Everyone had a great time, sharing their crafting journeys with the group, along with their many completed projects. 

Higinbotham’s Tea Room has not only a fine menu but also the magic of a bygone era in American history.

Built in 1823, it is one of the oldest homes in New Oxford, Pa., and winner of the 2009 Historic Gettysburg-Historical Preservation Award, the Federal-style building

remains largely unchanged from its original form.

Built by banker John N. Hersh, the home has ceilings that are over 12 feet tall, magnificent windows, working fireplaces, and a state-certified kitchen. 

Upon arrival, we were warmed by the friendliness of the staff and the atmosphere of the establishment — a richly textured home that was elegantly appointed with antique furniture in its parlor and dining areas. Desserts, after the tea, were decadent. We just about had to be rolled out of the building from culinary overload.

We graciously thank Mary Jo and her staff for hosting our fiber art events, richly presented in an establishment so steeped in history. We cannot wait until our next fiber arts-themed tea. 

Higinbotham’s is well worth the journey. During your visit don’t forget to visit the gift shop that boasts a large collection of tea memorabilia.  

For more about this tea room, visit www.higinbothambandbtearoom.com.

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Club Policies


Membership dues for new members and for membership renewals are payable 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.

All dues, late fees, 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 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, Membership Chair


Heidi Hormel, Newsletter Editor


Elaine Agee, Newsletter


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.