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The Ups and Downs of Dining à la Downton Abbey: An Edwardian Tea

Sunday, April 6, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Schweppe Estate - Park at Gorton Community Center and take the shuttle
$60 members, $75 non-members - SOLD OUT

Join us for an afternoon tea inspired by the show Downton Abbey—authentic Edwardian food served in the British Manor House style. The tea and interpretive program will be presented on Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 pm at the historic Schweppe Estate. Guests will also have a chance to tour the first and second floors of this spectacular lakefront house. This event is generously supported by The Green Teaist of Lake Forest.

The themed event will be conducted by “head cook” Ellie Carlson and “butler” Mark Howe who will instruct guests on the proper way to set up a British manor house. They will present the program in costume using period tools and historic recipes. Dress is dressy casual with Edwardian attire optional.

The Schweppe mansion was a wedding gift from John Shedd, president of Marshall Field & Co., to his daughter Laura, Mrs. Charles Schweppe. Designed in 1915 in the French chateau style by architect Frederick Wainwright Perkins, the home boasts 30 rooms with 12 bedrooms and 16 baths. Now known as Mayflower Place, the house was extensively restored in 1987. More history and photographs can be found in the for-sale listing at

Parking for the event is at the Gorton Community Center. A shuttle will transport guests from Gorton to the estate between 1:00 and 1:45. There is no parking at the estate. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are $60 for members and $75 for non-members.

Sorry, this event is now sold out. If you have questions please call 847.234.5253.