Forest Park Women’s Club

Several months ago I was invited to speak to the Forest Park Women’s Club, so on February 21st, I gave my first presentation of 2019. The group meets at the Forest Park Senior Center, and the ladies had put a lot of effort into highlighting the tearoom theme. Many members brought in lovely teapots to … [Read more…]

Mullane’s Antique Candy Equipment

Valentine’s Day has recently passed, but candy is still on my mind. Before its days as a tearoom, the John Mullane Company originated and was well known as a candy company. Among their equipment for making hard candy were beautiful brass rollers with a variety of embossed shapes and designs, including John Mullane’s signature. Ron … [Read more…]

Holiday Shopping

While shopping for some Christmas gifts, I found myself in Joseph-Beth Bookstore.  My browsing led me to the table that highlights some of the books about Cincinnati.  Of course, I was pleased to see Lost Tea Rooms of Downtown Cincinnati.  There were only a couple of books left — hopefully that means they’ve sold a … [Read more…]

McAlpin’s Ephemera

Since the publication of Lost Tea Rooms of Downtown Cincinnati, I have met a lot of people who shared wonderful memories and a few who offered fun and unusual finds. A man named Steve is one of those people. After hearing about my book project, he wanted to share a photo of an item he … [Read more…]

Fashionable Cincinnati

What an enjoyable class I attended on Thursday, September 27th! It was one of OLLI’s brown bag lunch talks led by Bette Sherman. She took a large group of us on an enjoyable “car ride” (via a slide of her mother’s 1960 Lincoln Continental convertible) downtown for “a glance back at what we wore and … [Read more…]

Your talk was fabulous!

Receiving that message in a note from the Cincinnati Woman’s Club was wonderful. It always feels good to know audience members thoroughly enjoyed the information and that it brought back fond memories for them, and it’s always fun to see people I know in the audience – that happened again when some old-time neighbors and … [Read more…]

Luncheon at McAlpin’s

It wasn’t exactly time travel, but on July 9th I got to have luncheon at McAlpin’s! Let me explain — a couple of months ago, I received a very nice note in the mail.  Jay Joyce wrote to tell me that he’d come across my tearoom book in the Taft Museum gift shop, and as a … [Read more…]

Evergreen Retirement Community

It was a beautiful evening on May 13th when I went to the Evergreen Retirement Community to speak with the residents. As happens at different engagements, I saw people that I haven’t seen for years. On this occasion, I got to visit with Dr. Rae Hartman, a longtime friend of my husband’s family, and Marilyn … [Read more…]