A Jane Austen Tea Party

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - By: Audrey K, Alex ‘16; Photo by Mrs. Edna Widenmaier

Last Wednesday, after trying on countless dresses and bonnets, squeezing in last-minute dance practice, and getting into the 19th century mindset, the Literature 12 classes who had recently read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice left the school to set off on a tea party adventure at the Wilson’s waterfront home on Whiskey Point. 

On the bus, every person got assigned a character, and the goal of the ladies was, through conversation, to find the richest men to sign their dance card. Whoever was able to accomplish this in the short time available, was crowned the Pride and Prejudice winner! 

Once we arrived at the Wilson’s, a flurry of feathers, ties, bonnets, and jackets rushed off the bus steps and gathered around the patio of their English style home. Once our bellies were full of tea time cucumber sandwiches, freshly made scones, and other small delicacies, we took to the yard for some exploring and dancing. The property fit the scene perfectly as it included a small vegetable garden, long rolling grass fields and, of course, classic English livestock, chicken and sheep!

After my friends and I were done our exploring, we met up with our dance partners and group members to perform a special party dance on the lawn. Though my group struggled a bit more with the memorization of the moves than those around us, it was still a great time and the dance ended in everyone laughing and smiling. In the end, "Daisy Regent" won the tea party by getting the three richest men at the dance to sign her card.  

After running back to the patio to get our last mouthful of treats, it was time to get back on the bus and time travel back to 2016 where we had all come from not too long ago. The tea party was definitely a trip to remember and I hope all the students next year have as much fun as we did.

Thank you Mr. Collis and Mrs. Widenmaier for putting on a fantastic trip and to the Wilsons for hosting us all.

Audrey K, Alex ‘16

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