by: Contributed photo, TEA PARTY — Left to right: Shelly Lamb, Odge Gribble and Jessica Pai put the final touches on the Asian tea display case at the All About Tea exhibit at the Morback House Museum in Old Town Sherwood. The exhibit, which features hundreds of tea-related items runs through the end of April.

The tea exhibit has been a resounding success.

Our friends and neighbors have generously shared their prized possessions and nearly every flat surface in the Morback House Museum is covered in tea items, including all four display cases and the top of the piano and mantel.

We have several sets of miniatures and many tea pots and cups collected from around the world.

There are children's tea sets, a Santa Claus tea pot and a trailer house tea pot, a big silver tea service, and even a metal tea cozy. We have pot holders with tea pots on them and tea kettles sitting on the wood stove.

There's a tea set that belonged to Lena Mansfield who lived in the Smock House for 70 years. But there's still room for more. So bring in your collection when you come to visit the Museum.

Remember the exhibit runs until April 30.

Stash Tea has given us two gifts for door prizes and gifts have also been provided by the Himalayan Tea Company and Patty Kay's Tea Garden Teas. When you visit the Museum be sure to put your name in the pickle jar and we'll draw for the prizes at the end of the exhibit.

I wish I could tell you what a great time the Mad Hatter's tea party turned out to be. Unfortunately, the party is still a couple weeks away at the writing of this article. But knowing the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse and Alice, I sure they had a fun couple of days.

The Historical Society recently contracted to have quite a bit of finish carpentry work done in the Smock House. We're hopeful the refinishing of the floors will also be completed before summer so maybe we'll be able to hold an open house and everyone can enjoy the oldest building in Sherwood.

If you've been wondering about how to join the Sherwood Historical Society, look for our table at the Old Engine Show. They will be happy to help you fill out your application for membership.

Don't forget History Camp this year will take place from June 23-27. Parrett Mountain Farm will once again play a major roll in the History Camp activities. Watch your child's backpack mail for signup information.

The Heritage Center's address is 25524 S.W. Park St., 503-625-1236. The Heritage Center's Morback House Museum is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check out our blog spot at www.sherwood for information on coming events and recent happenings.

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