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Antietam Ironworks Announces Thursday Tea Series

Antietam Ironworks Announces Thursday Tea Series

(Sharpsburg, MD)- Natoma Reed-Vargason of Antietam Ironworks and Judy Larkin, The Tea Lady, have combined their talent to present the Third Thursday Tea Series at the historic Antietam Ironworks. Each month will feature a different tea-related program and seasonal tea menu.
The Third Thursday Tea Series is held the third Thursday of every month, as the name implies. It begins promptly at 2pm and ends at 4pm. The cost is $25 per person except for the Christmas program, which is $30 per person. Attendance is by advance reservation only, which must be prepaid and is non-refundable.
Larkin is a certified tea professional and cultural historian. She is a member of the Specialty Tea Institute, an association dedicated to the promotion of quality tea. As a U.S. trade delegate, she has traveled to Sri Lanka, India, and China to study the cultivation and production of tea.
The Tea Lady has compiled an afternoon tea recipe book. Using these recipes Reed-Vargason, on-site-caterer at Antietam Ironworks, will prepare an exciting variety of tea sandwiches, desserts, and homemade scones. All will be served on elegant bone china accompanied with imported vintage tea accoutrements. All female participants are encouraged to wear hats and gloves.
As part of Antietam Ironworks' commitments to serve food provided by local growers who embrace environmentally sound methods, all ingredients are fresh from the garden of Antietam Ironworks or produced by local growers.
The next Third Thursday Tea is scheduled for October 16 and is themed "If Teacups Could Talk." From tea caddies to doilies, The Tea Lady will share her knowledge of the equipage associated with afternoon tea. This program will provide a brief history of the pottery industry including how to identify different types of china and amusing legends such as how the Irish farmer's wife invented the tea cozy.
Antietam Ironworks is located at 3768 Harpers Ferry Road, just south of historic Sharpsburg, overlooking the Antietam Creek. For more program information contact The Tea Lady at 304-274-8971 or visit her website at To make reservations for the tea series, call Antietam Ironworks at 301-432-2250. To learn more about Antietam Ironworks, go to
Antietam Ironworks and The Tea Lady are members of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (HWCCVB). The HWCCVB is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County, visit

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