Uplands Steeped in Tradition

Uplands Steeped in Tradition
Uplands staff members Eliza Dussault Julie Marleau in front of the outdoor display (Photo : Aiden Wilson)

Aiden Wilson
Special to The Record

The Steeped in Tradition exhibit is back this year at Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre with 22 outdoor panels outdoors in a wooded area of the property, featuring memories and tea stories from around 30 local Townshippers!
Images of traditional tea service items accompany quotes in English and French along with historical photographs provided by the Eastern Townships Resource Center and the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society.
Organizers Julie Marleau and Eliza Dussault explained that the exhibit intends to preserve the memory of the social practice that was once deeply ingrained in our culture.
“Tea is a great way for women to grow their social circle,” Marleau commented, and said the practice is “very empowering for women who get to share the experience; especially those who’ve never gotten to before.”
An afternoon tea service traditionally includes scones, finger sandwiches, marmalade, lemon curd, and herbed butter shared among friends. Its history can be traced back to the mid-1800s.
The classic teatime is a long-lasting custom stemming from European high society, but with the hustle and bustle of our modern age it’s fallen out of practice in recent years.
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