It’s “Pinkies Up” at a Victorian Tea on March 29

woman drinking tea with pinky up

According to, there was a practical reason for “pinkies up” when holding a teacup and it wasn’t to display your upper-crust snob appeal.

Originally, teacups were made in China starting around 620 A.D. and they were small with no handles. To avoid spilling the hot tea, the pinkie was held up (slightly) to provide balance. While your cup nowadays may have a handle, you can still practice your best “pinkies up” move this month when Shore Cultural Centre holds their Victorian Tea fundraiser on March 29 in the Culinary Bistro at Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E. 222nd Street, Euclid, Ohio, from 12:30-2:30pm.

Bring friends, or make new ones, while enjoying tea and a light lunch. Learn about Victorian Tea Etiquette from speaker Janet Bird, Education Coordinator for The Lorain County Historical Society. Ms. Bird has been an educator for over twenty years, and speaks regularly on historical topics. Her informative and entertaining presentation will include a brief history of the origin of the afternoon tea, napkin etiquette, tea terminology, typical menu items and some teatime trivia.

While you sip, enjoy music by Dennis Chandler, aka “Piano Man/Guitar Man – Cleveland’s Musical Chameleon”. There will be fun raffles and prizes, including “pick-a-prize” baskets with themes such as “Garden”, “Relax” and “Tea”, just to name a few. S

how your individuality by wearing a special hat and bringing your favorite cup, but don’t fret – that aspect is optional!

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at, in the Shore office or by calling 216-289-8561.

Advance ticket purchase is required by March 23, as there is limited seating.

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold