My friend, Anita, and I attended our third fabulous Downton Abbey tea in Kokomo, Indiana. It was hosted by the Howard County Historical Society & Kokomo Public Library, and was held at Elite Banquet & Conference Center on Lafountain Street.
It provided another opportunity for us to play dress up and live in an earlier era for a bit. Besides the usual contest for the best dressed and trivia games, this time there was an auction of lovely hats that had belonged to Pat Disalvo, a beloved and noted radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist. There were many vintage hats up for auction as you can see! Also, there was tea and delicious food, of course!
Ladies tried them on to see if they were a good fit.
On the table there was a photo of Pat with her collection of hats.
Ladies who wanted to be judged paraded around the room for a vote for best dressed Downton Abbey character. I just happened to snap a photo of the winner before she knew she was the winner.
Susan Tooley won first place and Anita won second place in the contest! They both won Downton Abbey jewelry courtesy of Palmers Jewelry, a local Kokomo jeweler on the downtown square.
It was a coincidence that Anita had just visited the Biltmore House in North Carolina and purchased earrings like the ones she won! So we traveled to the jewelry store and she traded them for a necklace after the tea.
While we enjoyed our tea and food
|I'm kind of embarrassed by my plateful of food, but the plate was really small!|
our friend Lois entertained us with her show and tell of Edwardian era items she drew from her purse. She didn't bring her flask this time (darn!), but she had us laughing as she offered us "filtered" cigarettes and when she applied vintage rouge. She said she was afraid she would get a rash from the aged rouge. Then she shared a photo of her identical twin brother (no one could seem to tell them apart). She topped it all off with a photo of her ex-husband and his hot secretary. See what Lois showed us last time here.
It was a fun morning. We heard this will be the last tea since the final season of Downton Abbey will be upon us. Maybe they'll change their mind though because I think Downton Abbey reruns will be with us for a long time to come!