“She Does Shakespeare” Blue Lantern Tea Room


Sunday, April 14
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Old Art Building




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 “Prince 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, April 14

"She Does Shakespeare" — Women actors shake up Shakespeare

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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

Leelanau Area Madrigal Singers — A selection of seasonal vocal music.

It’s May! Time for flower crowns, strawberries and cream, and a flourish of spring madrigals, performed by the beautiful voices of the Leelanau Area Madrigal Singers.


Previous "Teas"


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, February 11

"Classical Guitar" — Matthew Cochran and students from Interlochen Arts Academy

Renowned solo guitar composer/performer Matthew Cochran brings students from his studio to “air out” new compositions and talk about the inspiration and discipline it takes to bring a new composition to life.

Sunday, January 14

"Art As Renewal" — Anne-Marie Ooman and Robert Vivian

Writers who have worked independently and in collaboration describe how the act of creating art can contribute to a sense of renewal both for the artist/writer and the reader.

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