Mary Poppins drops in for afternoon tea in Santa Rosa

July 24, 2017 - accent chair

Mary Poppins pulled a fasten magnitude from her bag and sized adult Ava Gustafson, a 10-year-old Santa Rosa lady in a carp and bluish dress.

“Sweet and spasmodic sassy,” conspicuous Poppins, played by Ariana LaMark, 17, a singer-actress active in internal village museum productions. “The fasten magnitude never lies.”

Gustafson, one of 4 generations of her family during a Mary Poppins Etiquette Tea on Sunday afternoon during a Tudor Rose English Tea Room on Fourth Street, concurred with a judgment.

So did her great-grandmother, or “great Nana,” Betty Rascoe. They were half of a Santa Rosa foursome that enclosed Gustafson’s mother, Jessica Uchytil, and grandmother “Nonni” Becky Tedesco.

The elegant, masterfully English two-hour tea offering off-hand triangular sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, quiche and cookies, all served on tablecloths with excellent china and unfounded pots of tea.

And additional helpings of etiquette.

The eventuality paid reverence to Poppins, a enthusiastic English nanny who descends from a sky with her umbrella, done famous by Julie Andrews’ Oscar-winning description in a eponymous 1964 Walt Disney movie.

For Angela Grant, a English-born tea room proprietress, a eventuality had a softly critical purpose of instructing children in a mostly unstructured California enlightenment on correct etiquette: Back straight, napkin in your lap, no elbows on a list and lift a tea crater with pinky finger extended.

The tea room was filled with about 50 Poppins fans, all women immature and older, and a sole immature man.

For Rascoe, who pronounced “I adore Mary Poppins,” a whole knowledge was “so most fun.” But what she favourite best were a Mimosa cocktails served a adults, a juicy mixture of equal tools orange extract and Champagne.

Grant had copiousness of explaining to do. The pinky’s purpose during a tea-drinking routine “has a lot to do with balancing a tea cup,” she said.

Grant also warned opposite regulating a sugarine play ladle to stir one’s tea and afterwards returning it to a sugar.

“We do not cross-contaminate,” she said.

She enlisted a immature male for a proof of how a lady seats a lady during a grill table, kindly pulling in a chair as she bends her knees.

“You wish to keep a chair on her legs,” Grant said, describing a technique occasionally seen these days.

But she also highlighted a profitable outcome of a European tradition of extended tea times.

“Having tea reminds us to stop,” she said. “Take time out to enjoy. It relaxes and rejuvenates you.”

LaMark, wearing a black jacket, striped shirt and prolonged gray skirt, her dim hair pulled behind in a bun, pronounced she “channels Julie Andrews” to make her Poppins accent and persona come naturally.

She led a throng in songs from a movie, including “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

A connoisseur of Santa Rosa High School’s Artquest program, LaMark is entering Santa Rosa Junior College’s museum humanities module in August.

The throng also sang “Happy Birthday” to Barbara Ross of Occidental, who was brought — as a warn — by her sister, Kathleen McKenna of Foster City.

Asked if she saw a movie, Ross, wearing a white dress and vast shawl with flowers, said, “When we was a small girl, of course.”

1. In what city and nation did Mary Poppins live?

2. What fish did Mary contend Michael looked like?

3. Where did Mr. Banks work?

4. In what year was a film based?

5. Who wrote a books?

(London, England; codfish; bank; 1910; P.L. Travers)

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