The Blue Lantern Tea Room

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  • About

    The Old Art Building came into being in 1922 as the result of planning and fundraising done by the Walter T. Best Women’s Club, led by Allie Mae Maro. Allie Mae was the widow of Walter T. Best, also known as Edward Maro “Price of Magic.” 

    In 1923 Allie Mae opened her own business, The Blue Lantern Tea Room which offered lunch as well as afternoon tea. Those who knew Allie Mae knew her to be a generous hostess and a great supporter of arts and culture in the region. She and her husband had toured on the Lyceum circuit before his passing and had been known to host salon entertainments in their estate home on Lake Leelanau.

    Drawing from all of this rich history, The Old Art Building is pleased to introduce the Blue Lantern Tea Room program monthly through the winter. We offer the intimate salon-style interaction with artists along with refreshments and tea to be enjoyed in the sunlit ambiance of this historical space.

    Sunday, March 10: "Bon Appetit" — An Operatic Biography of Julia Child. Indulge in what is arguably the world's most famous chocolate cake while getting the story straight from the baker’s mouth. An actual transcript of Julia baking her cake is masterfully set to music and sung by nationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Lindsey Anderson.

    Sunday, April 14: "She Does Shakespeare" — Women actors shake up Shakespeare. Area actresses take their stab at famous scenes and monologues intended exclusively for men. We will be joined by actor/writer Shelby Lewis who has a wealth of experience in adapting The Bard for modern audiences. She and the actors will address the challenges and delights of reimagining these familiar words for women. 

    Sunday, May 12: "Spring Madrigals" — A selection of seasonal vocal music from Leland Public School Honors Choir. It’s May! Time for flower crowns, strawberries and cream, and a flourish of spring madrigals, performed by the youthful voices of the Leland Honors Choir.