Friday, September 30, 2011

Colonial tea party at Pardee-Morris House to aid restoring gardens

Enjoy a Colonial tea party from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pardee-Morris House.

The event will raise money to restore the historic gardens at the house, first built in 1750 and rebuilt after it was burned by the British in 1779. The house is owned by the New Haven Museum and Historical Society.

The tea party will feature period “vittles and libations” donated by Chestnut Fine Foods, music by the Milford Militia and others, demonstrations of Colonial-era crafts, tours of the house and virtual tours of the plans for the gardens, developed and donated by Leslie Martino, an area landscape designer who is preparing a certificate in landscape design at Harvard. The Pardee-Morris gardens will serve as her certificate project.

Contributions range from $25 (member), to $40 (supporter) to $75 (founder); free for children under 16. To make a reservation, contact Louise FitzSimons at 203-562-4183 or

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