July 30, 2009
On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 members of the St. John’s Auxiliary
spent an afternoon at one of New York City’s most famous
residences, Gracie Mansion. The group of almost 50 enjoyed
afternoon tea, tours of the historic domicile and a rare peek at
the mayoral living quarters.
tea service proved to be the highlight of the day, as Auxiliary
members sampled scones, tea sandwiches and the distinctive
Archibald Gracie Blend Tea, a blend exclusive to the mansion.
Attendees like Dianne M. Keitel '67Ed raved about the food and even
had the opportunity to purchase the scone recipe, which many
admitted were the best they had ever tasted.
Following tea, tours were given of the New York City landmark
which was recently renovated in 2002. Docents shared information
about the house, its history and architecture with the group as
they visited the various rooms. Julia Longinotti, Esq. '99L was
impressed with the knowledgeable guides and the group was pleased
with the overall event.
Eileen Trimarco came “because it was something I could do with
the group.” And she was not disappointed. “It was a beautiful day
and a lovely tea!”