LIVERPOOL – About 70 people attended the Perkins Tea on the Lawn event at the Queens County Museum Aug. 21.
The event, hosted by the Queens County Historical Society, would be considered a revival of sorts, having last been held in 2011. The day was also used as a grand opening event of the Perkins House Museum, that had been closed since 2014 for extensive renovations.
It re-opened in the summer of 2021, but an official grand opening was not held because of COVID-19 restrictions.
"It went very well. We had a lot of comments from the guests saying how nice it was to have it back," said David Freeman, president of QCHS. "Hopefully, we will be able to do it, once again, on an annual basis."
The Tea on the Lawn annual event began in 1959 to celebrate Liverpool's 200th anniversary and continued through to 2011. It was discontinued due to waning interest in the event. The idea for the tea comes from Simeon Perkins' diary (1766-1812) that mentions that he and his family hosted the lieutenant-governor quite often when they paid a visit to the area.
As tradition in past teas, Nova Scotia's Lieutenant-Governor was invited to the event and organizers were never turned down. It was no exception this year, as Arthur J. LeBlanc and his wife, Patsy, obliged, attending along with honoured guests, Queens MLA Kim Masland and Darlene Norman, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality.
LeBlanc cut the ribbon as well to officially re-open the Perkins House Museum, as part of the ceremonies.