Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas In Germany

Thursday December 17th and Saturday December 19th:
Afternoon Tea in the cottage
will be served at 3 PM 

Mary Jane Belz will present a program for guests entitled:
"Christmas in Germany"
which will include music, food and German holiday customs.
Mary Jane and her family lived in Germany for 28 years.
Watch for updates for other teas in 
January and February.
Reservations are required for these afternoons
Call 605-539-1169
$8 donation is suggested.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Entertainment Update

Don't forget the 
Thursday Night Concerts 
at Shakespeare Garden....

the Garden is stunning right now...

Tonight's guest entertainment is
the Rounds Family Country Connection Band

Music and Flowers....

and food from Sweet Grass

That's a winning combination!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Music In The Garden 2015

Shakespeare Garden Society will again be sponsoring a series of ten free Thursday evening outdoor concerts on the south lawn of Anne Hathaway Cottage in Wessington Springs.  The concerts will be held at 7-8 PM on Thursday evenings beginning June 4 and finishing August 13.  There will be no concert on June 18, the anniversary of the 2014 Wessington Springs tornado.  Next to the Garden's fishpond, meals will be for sale by local eateries from 6-7 PM.  There is no charge for admission but donations are welcomed.  Guests should bring their own lawn chairs.  In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the historic 1905 Wessington Springs Opera House.  This summer's concerts are funded by a bequest from Ruth Upton Dirks, Class of 1937, Wessington Springs College High School. For more information contact 605-539-1169.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cottages, Castles, and Clotted Cream

"Afternoon Tea at the Cottage"

Thursday January 29th, 2015 
Linda Burg presented highlights of her trip to England and Wales

 The Tea Plate:

Sweet Breads and Scones with Currants

 Grandma's Scones with Currants,
made with real butter, heavy cream, and sweet currants...
 (Linda sent the recipe home with all of us!)

We were encouraged to eat them as the 
Welsh do...
top the scone with Clotted Cream,
on top of that a drizzle of fruit preserves


It's impossible to find "real" Clotted Cream anymore,
so Linda shared her recipe for Easy Clotted Cream:

1 cup heavy cream (not ultra-pasteurized)
1/3 cup sour cream
1 T confectioner's sugar

Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
Remove from mixer and hand whisk in the sour cream
and confectioner's sugar until just combined.
Store in refrigerator.

After giving our mouths a blissful 
tour around the tea plate,
Linda gave us all a delightful virtual tour
of their travels through small villages in Wales.
Several cousins from her family traveled together
to seek information and history from their
great-Great-Grandparents born in Wales.

Along the way they visited
ancient Roman barracks and an amphitheater,
world famous Tintern Abbey,
the Museum of Welsh Life at St. Fagans,
St. Davids, home to the magnificent 
13th century
Cathedral and Bishops' Palace,
strolled through countless courtyards
and charming market towns,
and toured the original Anne Hathaway's cottage
at Stratford-upon-Avon

By the end of the talk we all wanted
to call the closest travel agency 
and book a trip to Wales.
(Or even better yet)
to the place of our own ancestors birthplace.
Linda not only provided us with 
delicious foods and beautiful descriptions
of the picturesque villages she and her
relatives originate,
she also spoke of the meaning and the importance
to honor those who came before us.
Their story is where we came from
we should honor it and carry it forward.
She shared this...

The Story Tellers
We are the chosen …
In each family there is one
who seems called to find the ancestors;
to put flesh on their bones
and make them live again,
to tell the family their story
and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
Genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts;
instead it is breathing life into
all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.
All tribes have one.
We have been called as if it were in our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
“Tell our story.”
And so we do … in them we find ourselves.


 Thank You to Linda and the Shakespeare Garden Society
for a lovely afternoon!
It's always a pleasure to share tea with you!

Mary Jane Dean Belz and Susan Arnott ready to serve tea.
To take home: a home made Welsh Biscuit and the recipes for Grandma's Scones and Clotted Cream

Monday, August 4, 2014

Music In The Garden Well Attended

Thursday evenings
you can hear the music
from most any corner of the 
north side of town....

follow what you're hearing
to the garden
and you will be delighted!

Normally the peaceful gardens are a place
for solitude and rest or quiet meetings
and quaint gatherings...

 but, summer Thursday evenings 
it transforms to a song-ful
toe-tappin' garden....

where anybody and everybody 
can enjoy music from Beatle's tunes
to Classic Music....

(even the butterfly's come out to dance among the flowers)

Last Thursday the Green Onions entertained
a record number of people 
with their 60's and 70's music...


KMIT Radio Station was there 
with a live broadcast to the station in Mitchell

If you missed last week's performance,
there is still a couple of weeks left 
in this summer's lineup of entertainment...

The gardens are spectacular....

 Summer goes by so fast...

 don't wait too long...

 If music be the food of love,
               play on.
~William Shakespeare


Thursday August 7 -  The Ever-Evolving UMC Praise Band
Food by Sweet Grass

Thursday August 14 - The Schimke Family
Food by Springs Inn