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Valentine’s Day History: Tea, Flowers, Fans & Chocolate

February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presented by food historian & tea specialist, Judith Krall-Russo

Learn about the language of fans, flowers, the romance of chocolate, and the history of Valentine’s Day.

Tea was introduced to England in the 17th century and soon became a popular but expensive beverage.  By the mid-19th century, as the price of tea decreased and with Queen Victoria’s passion for tea and sweets, the tea party became a popular pastime and a time to flirt.  During her reign, the romantic concept of Valentine’s Day flourished.  It was a time when Valentine’s Day cards were sent and ladies flirted using fans and flowers, to convey romantic messages to available men.  In England, by 1868, chocolate candy could be purchased in a decorated tin and soon the Valentine candy box was born. 

This program will take place in the large meeting room, and registration is not required!

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February 8
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Old Bridge Public Library
One Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, 08857
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