What’s the Tea Paterson Alumnae?


Submitted by Jean Medley

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, it was high afternoon tea time for the Paterson Alumnae Chapter as we celebrated its Delta D.E.A.R.S. during March Sisterhood month.  Chapter members dressed up in their classy and sophisticated afternoon tea outfits, hats, fascinators and gloves, as they met at The Cosy Cupboard Tea Room, owned and operated by an African-American, Mr. James Howard.  The tea room is located in Convent Station, New Jersey.  The chapter’s Delta D.E.A.R.S. are still very active in and continue to serve and are committed to making a difference in their Paterson, New Jersey community.  For example, the Delta D.E.A.R.S. often serve as role models, mentors and resources for the history of our glorious chapter.    They are examples of what public service, leadership, compassion and dedication exemplifies.  With appreciation for the many years of dedication and service to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, the chapter chose to honor them because of their wisdom, grace and fortitude and the firm foundation they provide the Paterson Alumnae Chapter. On this day, the chapter paused to say, “Thank You,” and to embrace their awesome legacy and the shoulders for which the members stand.  

Now, Here’s The Tea!  Mr. Howard, the Cosy Cupboard Tea Conductor, took all on a journey to learn about tea etiquette.  Attendees were beautiful, poised and ready for the journey.  Each was served a four-course, English tradition of afternoon tea, that included soup, salad, savory customized tea sandwiches, two choices of scones served with Devonshire cream and preserves, dessert and an unlimited array of loose leaf teas that were all delicious and unique.  As the journey continued, the Delta D.E.A.R.S. and other chapter members present were enchanted by the conductor’s lessons on tea etiquette – pinkies up or down, how to stir the tea, history of afternoon teas and scones, how to use our lap napkins and so much more.  

The brunch was served using beautiful, English China and tea pots.  As the journey on the  high afternoon tea etiquette came to a close, needless to say, it was filled with sisterly tea-spirations, uni-tea and hospitali-tea, as we talked, sipped tea and shared the tea!  Yes Darling!


Submitted by Jean Medley On Saturday, March 7, 2020, it was high afternoon tea time for the Paterson Alumnae Chapter as we celebrated its Delta D.E.A.R.S. during March Sisterhood month.  Chapter members dressed up in their classy and sophisticated afternoon tea outfits, hats, fascinators and gloves, as they met at The Cosy Cupboard Tea Room, …

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