On Thursday, June 28th, Pontiac Tourism held a “High Tea” for the ladies of the Oakland-Pontiac Worldwide Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America at the Chautauqua Park pavilion. The menu included brewed tea, and a selection of petit-fours and fruits. A presentation from The Tea Ladies of Bloomington, entitled, Beautiful Hats Through Time, was part of the morning’s events and featured dozens of antique hats that portrayed the changes in women’s headwear fashions from the 1800s through more modern times. To join in the spirit of the presentation, all of the women attending the tea were dressed in period hats.
Serving as models for the various hats were Colleen Cole, a member of the Pontiac Tourism staff, and Susan Russell, wife of Pontiac Mayor Bob Russell. Helping to set the tables with the own china and place settings, and the serving of the tea and snacks were members of the Pontiac Dialectic Society.
While the women were inside the park pavilion, the men from the Oakland-Pontiac group attended an outdoor automotive electrics workshop elsewhere in the park, where they were taught basic electrical troubleshooting for their classic Pontiac and Oakland cars.
According to Ellie Alexander, director of Pontiac Tourism, “This was our first venture into the “High Tea” arena. The ladies all seemed to enjoy the morning, despite the heat of the day. The success of this experiment was enough that we will definitely think about doing similar programs when we have large groups staying for several days here in Pontiac.”
The Oakland-Pontiac group was in Pontiac for their annual “Homecoming” rally. While here they visited all of Pontiac’s museums and other attractions, took a road trip up historic Route 66, and visited a collection of antiques found in Flanagan. On Thursday evening, they were treated to a reprise performance of the Vermillion Player’s recent show, Sentimental Journey. On Friday they attended the Municipal Band concert at the Yost House, and enjoyed an Ice Cream Social immediately after the concert.
Alexander stated, “The City of Pontiac is rapidly growing into a preferred destination for automobile clubs from all over. The Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, the Route 66 Museum and our other attractions offer these groups plenty of things to do while they are here. More importantly, and the comment I hear most often, is that our community is unique in its welcoming attitude. Our guests always tell us that the people of Pontiac seem to smile and say hello to every visitor - they think that is great!”