High Tea at Portage Point Inn for 7th Graders

Tea & Conversation

Portage Point Inn Hosts Onekama Seventh Grade Class

 

The seventh grade class of Onekama Consolidated Schools did not have to go far to feel like they were traveling back in time.

 

On Friday, May 17, seventh grade English students made the short trip to the Portage Point Inn for high tea, as an extension to their study of the novel The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg.

 

Just as the characters in the novel meet to have tea and make connections with one another, the students had the opportunity to be served tea on fine china and enjoy light snacks and desserts.

 

The characters in the novel meet at the fictional Sillington House – described as a white, historic inn with a large wrap-around porch – which bears a resemblance to the beautiful Portage Point Inn that has been a fixture of the village of Onekama for more than 100 years.

 

Upon arrival, students were greeted by Mariada Gezon, property manager for the Inn. Next, they were given a tour of the newly-renovated dining room, viewed historic photographs, and learned about the history of the Portage Point Inn from Jeff Sternberger.

 

It was then time for tea, and a time to connect with their classmates in a new – and “novel” – way, with a beautiful backdrop on a gorgeous May afternoon.

 

Explained Mrs. Olinski, the fictional teacher in The View From Saturday:

 

“She looked around the room and saw the children…. They were talking among themselves and drinking tea. They did not interrupt one another, Mrs. Olinski thought, how unusual. There were nods and smiles and obvious pleasure in one another’s company. Mrs. Olinski thought, how unusual to find four students who listen to one another sympathetically, unselfishly. How curious. How courteous. Mrs. Olinski thought, when people come to tea they are courteous. She thought, I believe in courtesy. It is the way we avoid hurting people's feelings. She thought that maybe, just maybe, western civilization was in decline because people did not take time to take tea at four o'clock.” 

 

The students of Onekama School displayed similar courtesy and kindness towards one another during their field trip, and had the opportunity to become better acquainted with an historic treasure in their community – and better acquainted with one another.





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