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Loutit District Library to host colonial tea complimenting the “John Adams Unbound “exhibit
Loutit District Library to host colonial tea complimenting the “John Adams Unbound “exhibit

GRAND HAVEN -- What were colonial teas like in the 18th century during the John Adams years from 1735 to 1826? What did hosts and hostesses serve? What was the etiquette and equipage? Did guests sit at tables or stand together conversing like an 18th century-style “meet and greet?”

All these questions and more will be answered at Loutit District Library Library’s “Colonial Tea with John Adams” on June 27 at 2:00 p.m.in Program Rooms A and B.

Wendy Van Woerkom, Logistics and Planning Coordinator for the Education Department and an historic interpreter at George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, presents this free colonial event with recipes sent to the library by Gail Cassidy, manger of interpretation at Mount Vernon.

First-person interpreter and historian of John Adams, Bill Crystal (http://johnadamslives.com/libraries/index.html) and LDL’s colonial re-enactors will host and serve period-style drinking chocolate and tea with the authentic desserts presented in a colonial atmosphere. The dessert menu includes: Foodways Cookies, Shrewsbury Cakes, Lavender Cookies, chocolate nuts and Seed or Saffron Cake. Elegance of the Seasons, a local shop in downtown Grand Haven, will prepare the menu.

Myrtle Lemon and Kayla Wright from the Grand Haven Area High School Orchestra will provide the violin chamber music.

For reservations, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214. The event is limited to 60 guests. Colonial costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.

This program complements the John Adams Unbound, a traveling exhibition opening at the Loutit District Library (LDL) on June 27 at 9:00 a.m. The exhibit explores the personal library of John Adams, a collection of 3,500 books willed by Adams to the people of Massachusetts and deposited in the Boston Public Library in 1894. This remarkable collection of books provides first-hand insight into how John Adams shaped American history and how he was shaped through his lifelong dedication to reading and books.

The John Adams Unbound traveling exhibition was organized by the Boston Public Library and the America Library Association and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based upon the gallery exhibition of the same name mounted by the Boston Public Library in 2006, the first public display of Adams’s complete 3,500-book collection.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,510 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District.