Joins The Celebration Of The 19th Amendment, Visits The Susan B. Anthony House, And
Dine's At La-Tea-Da
It was once again
on my journey list to Jetblue back to Rochester. The focus of this trip was: to
cover the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment with a celebration at the Susan
B. Anthony Park; see what Rochester had to offer in the way of being a travel
destination; and explore the Erie Canal from Rochester to Syracuse. Here, I will
concentrate on the Rochester portion.
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 was the
90th anniversary of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. What
better way to celebrate but at the Susan B. Anthony House and Susan B. Anthony
Square, here in Rochester. Deborah Hughes, Executive Director of the Susan B.
Anthony House was on hand to open the ceremony as politicians Louise Slaughter
and Sandra Frankel delivered speeches and proclamations.
There are four
buildings dedicated to this Susan B. Antony complex. The house itself is a
museum with items that were donated by her family. A tour of the home is offered
for a small fee. Note that when you visit
you'll find that the Front Parlor is the room in which Susan B. Anthony was
arrested by a U.S. Marshall for voting in the 1872 election. A second building abuts the house and used as a Visitor's
Center complete with a gift shop. Behind this center sits a Carriage
House...more like a replica. It is used for exhibits as well as lectures and
Tea. I suspect that the tea idea emanates from the two bronze statues in the
park; that of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass having tea and most likely
discussing what would be the 19th amendment. The fourth building, btw, is across
the street from the house and used for the administrative offices.
Afterwards, Esther, Eunice and I found this most darling place to have lunch.
It's called La-Tea-Da! located at 258 Alexander Street at the corner of Park
Avenue in an old purple painted Victorian home. This tearoom and parlour is
owned by Maureen Becker, whose title is "Lady of the House".
that if you are going to have an afternoon tea you might as well play the part.
Various old hats are provided to set that Victorian mood. However, it's the
young girls who get the whole "dress up" experience with dresses, boas, hats,
etc. Needless to say, children's tea parties are one of Maureen's mainstreams.
Play date for mom's brings them and their daughters for lunch and tea. That's
not to say that grown ups, including some men, don't flock to La-Tea-Da! for a
fabulous afternoon, where one should expect to spend at least a few hours
enjoying both the teas and delicious morsels of food. Waitstaff are referred to
as "Nippies". Your table is set with a large tea pot as the centerpiece and you
are equipped with a bell to ring when you require the assistance of a Nippy.
Maureen purchases the loose teas and bags most of them. I think that it
makes it easier to clean out the pot. Black, English, White, Green, Herbal and
an entire category dedicated to Rooibos, my favorite. This is a "tea" that
derives from a honey bush and usually from South Africa. I had the pleasure of
sampling the Roobois "teas" of Belgian Chocolate, Red Mango, White Palace
Marzipan, and Florida Orange. As for the food, what could be more richer or
tastier than Blueberry Soup? Hey, that's even more antioxidants! Add a sampling
of salads and a croissant of turkey, cranberry and gouda. Yummy!
comes to desserts, a scone with Devonshire Cream (her most delicious version)
and jam, is the one that stands out and goes with the tea experience. It is not
your ordinary scone. Maureen has created a more warm and moist recipe that looks
and tastes as if a slice of biscuit-y cake is being served. La-Tea-Da! has a
veranda option for dining outdoors with a view of a lovely garden below.
As for Esther and Eunice, they said "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its
By Merle Exit
To learn about the Susan B. Antony, and events like the Susan
B. Antony Festival held in Mid August visit
To view menu options and events at La-Tea-Da! visit
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