Mad Hatter’s invited us all to tea
March Hare and Alice, the Dormouse and thee.
Please save your tea bag, stirrer too.
Once your drink’s had time to brew.
The silly plan the Hatter’s hatched:
To patch his roof with plastic thatch.
Then hang our rubbish, dangling free
Pithy fruits on a drip-dry tree.
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Welcome to my fourth post inspired by artwork at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.
Tea House celebrates a tenuous connection between the retreat of Henry David Thoreau at nearby Walden Pond, and that of museum founder and tea merchant Julien deCordova at Flint’s Pond. Museum visitors were encouraged to sip tea on the rooftop terrace and hang their used tea bags inside the canopy woven from red plastic stirrers. Salada Tea provided in-kind support for the project – their octagonal tagged bags featuring short quotations.
It was a stretch for me to fathom the connections between these cheap, disposable items and the rich celebrations of environment, nature and simple living that I associate with Thoreau. My mind turned to Alice, the riddle-filled tea party, and a silly poem!
You may have heard of the Boston Tea Party? Well, the colonists were not tossing tea bags into the harbor, but Salada Tea company built its U.S. headquarters in Boston in 1917. Anchored by two ornately carved, 12 foot tall, two ton bronze doors depicting the cultivation of tea, the Salada building now houses Grill 23 & Bar. Nothing cheap or disposable about that architecture!