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Genteel Treats in an 18th-Century Mansion

Photography by Hoag Levins ...| ...June 8, 2003

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In the dining room of the 18th-century mansion, candlelight reflected in the silver and crystal serving pieces (above, left). Much as it did 215 years ago, the dining room table almost groaned under its load of treats and delicacies made, decorated and arranged by the volunteers. Also see a .pdf file of the four-page tea table card.

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Guests at the sold-out tea were seated at tables throughout the broad central hallway (above, left) of the home that was used for the same purpose by its original owners. Programming director Sandy Levins (above, right) explains the afternoon's events and procedures to the just-seated crowd. Also see larger photo

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To add an authentic floral touch, Lorraine Kiefer of Triple Oaks Nursery in Franklinville, N.J., provided a nosegay made of the flowers and herbs of the kind available in 18th-century Camden County. Among the many sweets were a fudge brownie trifle (above, right) and strawberries piped with almond cream.

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Above, left, are the Mary Cooper Gardeners (l to r): Sandy Levins, Cheryl McClain, Hazel Werner, Ellen Weymer-Carter (seated), Janet Ganther and Sandra Forney. Among the more colorful finger foods were pastel-iced petit fours, above, right.

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