First Annual

Lone Star Iced Tea Festival

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Time: 11am – 5pm

CWA Local 6222 Banquet Hall
1730 Jefferson Street
Houston, TX 77003

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Thank you to our Door Prize sponsors:

Basket of Teas from The Tea Mistress, LLC, Seabrook

ASI Appliance, Channelview

Cooking Class for Two from Central Market, Houston

Organic Raw Honey from Nando’s Bee Farm, Pearland & Rhosharon

Psychic Reading from Luna SeaDragon’s Treasures, Houston

Tea for One Infuser and Organic Tea Assortment from White Cloud Tea, Austin

Adagio Teas, Chicago

BarBazzaar Café, Webster

Charleston Tea Room, Friendswood

The Drink Station, League City & Pearland

Earlene Grey/Susan Patterson, Portland, OR

El Lago Coffee Company, Seabrook

Emily Tran, George W. Evans & Associates, Inc. (Group Life Insurance & Annuity), Houston,

Four Friends Tea Room, Pearland

Heather Hagan,UGO Travel, Cruise Planners

Language Exchange in Houston

Luna SeaDragon’s Treasures, Houston

Mainly Drinks, La Porte

McHugh Tea Room & Gifts, Houston

Nature’s Garden Organic Market & Café, Friendswood

Rhonda Dockery, Festival Coordinator,

Serenitea Tea Room & Café, Sugar Land

SESA PURE Tea, Coffee & Agave, Austin

Tea and Conversation with Friends Meetup, Houston

Teachers2Go, Houston

Tomas Tea (Dallas Coffee Exchange): 214-507-5903

Victorian House Scones, Lafayette, IN

White Cloud World Teas, Austin

About The Festival

Join us in celebrating the South’s favorite summer beverage in an indoor, air-conditioned venue in Downtown Houston with a Victorian theme, tea talks, live entertainment, vendors, tea samples, children’s activities, and fun!

Talks Include: Keynote Speech on 1904 World’s Fair and Invention of Iced Tea (J’Nean Henderson), Tea Etiquette (Penny Ward), A Tea Journey Through Texas (Lee Garcia), The Secret Language of Fans (Meredith Spies).

Live Entertainment Include: Country singer Breelan Angel, Blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Staci Butler, Flamenco music and dance by Lucia & Valdemar, Belly dance and Hawaiian Dance by Khalilah Dance Troupe, Cowboy Poetry by Smokey Culver.

Children’s Activities: Children’s Tea Poetry & Tea Party with Kimberly Wilson; Clowning, Face-Paining and Balloon Artistry with Jen-Jen the Dancing Clown.


Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available!  Preference given to tea and food-related companies, but all are welcome to apply!” Please email


Children’s Corner

12:00-12:40PM, Kimberly Wilson, Children’s Tea Poetry

Main Stage

12:40PM-1:05PM Kalilah belly dance troupe

1:15PM-2:15PMStaci Butler, blues-rock singer/guitarist

2:20PM-2:40PMKalilah Polynesian dance troupe

2:50PM-3:50PMLucia & Valdemar, Flamenco music and dance

4:00PM-5:00PMBreelan Angel, country singer

*Cowboy Poet Smokey Culver will read his poems between the other performances!

11:05AM: Opening Remarks by Keynote Speaker J’Nean Henderson, The Victorian Lady.

11:20AM-11:50AM: One Cube or Two: an Iced Tea Journey through Texas.
Come for an iced tea tasting while exploring Lone Star purveyors for the modern tea traveler.
Speaker: Lee Garcia, Texas Tea and Travel Magazine.

12:15-1:00PM: Keynote Speech: The Southern Charm of Victorian Tea.
Speaker: Colon J’Nean Henderson, The Victorian Lady.

1:15PM-2:00PM: Tea Etiquette.
Speaker: Penny Ward, Certified Tea and Etiquette Instructor, It’s an Affair of the Heart.

2:15PM-2:45PM: Spice It Up – Using herbs and spices for flavor and health
Speaker: Oralia Acosta, Chef, Health Coach, and Instructor, Aurum’s Kitchen and Spices.

3:00PM-4:00PM: Fanciful Fans: learn about the styles and secret language of fans from the Victorian era to the Gilded Age.
Speaker: Meredith Spies, Author, Dancer, Victorian/Steampunk Specialist (
Folding fans are recommended for attendees so that you can learn and follow along. Bring one from home or pick up one of our delicately lovely rose-scented fans for just $2 suggested donation at the talk!

4:00PM-4:30PM: The True History of Steampunk.
Speaker: Historian Colonel Legerdemain, Magician and Steampunk.

Event Information

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Tickets may be purchased online via EventBrite (a small service fee applies). Click here for Tickets.

The first 200 tickets come with a “SWAG bag” and an iced tea glass with our festival logo.

The first 300 tickets come with a souvenir cup for your tea samples.

Free admission for children ages 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Check out our Facebook page for up-to-date information on the festival.

Greek Myth Kafe restaurant will be on the premises providing their Sunday Brunch “Freek” menu of sweet and savory French crepes, etc. They will also have some of their regular Greek items like hummus, gyros, etc. Visit their website or check out their Facebook page for more information.

Splendid Life Baked Goods and Snacks will be selling baked goods and snacks in the Banquet Hall. Visit their website or check out their Facebook page for more information.

Volunteers still needed! All Volunteers will receive free admission to the festival. Please email or call/text 832.405.9160.

*Food and beverage vendors may require a temporary food vendor permit from the City of Houston.

Kimberly Wilson, Children’s Tea Poetry, (12PM – 12:40PM), Coloring books and colored pencils, Imaginary Tea Party.

Jen-Jen the Dancing Clown, (1PM-4PM) face-painting, balloon animals, children’s entertainer.

*CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT/ADULT AT ALL TIMES! Please do not leave your children unattended!

Breelan Angel – Country Music Singer

Kalilah Dance Troupe – Polynesian Dance and Cabaret/Tribal Fusion Belly Dance

Lucia & Valdemar – Flamenco Music and Dance

Smokey Culver, Cowboy Poetry

Staci Butler – Blues & Rock Singer, Songwriter,Guitarist

Interested in performing? Contact or call 832.405.9160.

Schedule to follow…

J’Nean Henderson, the Texas Victorian Lady – Keynote Speech.

Topic: The World (and World’s Fair) in 1904.

Colonel Legerdemain, Steampunk Emporium.

Topic: The True History of Steampunk

Lee Garcia, Texas Tea and Travel Magazine (formerly Tea in Texas Magazine).

Topic: One Cube or Two: an iced tea journey through Texas.
Come for an Iced Tea tasting while exploring Lone Star purveyors for the modern tea traveler.

Kimberly Wilson, Author and Poet from Austin Texas, will read her children’s tea poetry. A treat for children of all ages!

Meredith Spies, Author, Dancer, Victorian/Steampunk Specialist.

Topic: Fanciful Fans: learn about the secret language of fans of the Victorian era and earlier.
Bring a fan from home or pick up one of our delicately lovely rose-scented fans for just $1 suggested donation!

Oralia Acosta, Chef and Instructor, Aurum’s Kitchen & Spices

Topic: Using herbs and spices for flavor and health.

Penny Ward, Certified Tea & Etiquette Instructor, An Affair of The Heart.

Topic: Tea Etiquette

Interested in speaking? Contact or call 832.405.9160.

Anusha’s Henna Expressions, Pearland

CenterPoint Body, Mind & Spirit, Houston

Colonel Legerdemain’s Steampunk Emporium, Santa Fe

Cyrilla’s Artistic Crochet, Houston

Ellaina Madera, State Farm, Houston

Houston Press Street Team, Houston

It’s an Affair of the Heart, Houston

It’z Family Food & Fun, Pasadena

Knitted Kingdom, Houston

Laura’s Zipper Purses, Houston

Leafguard Gulf Coast, Houston

Lucia & Valdemar/Escuela Flamenca de Lucia, Houston

Nando’s Honey Bee Farm, Pearland & Rosharon

Om & Me Massage Therapy, Houston

Original Art by Hannah Newman, Houston,

Rose ‘n Thistle, Plantersville

Sister Glo, Astrologer/Tarot Reader, Houston

Splendid Life Baked Goods and Snacks, Katy

Starbucks, Houston

Steeped Tea by the Burns’, Conroe

Storm Tight Windows, Webster

Tasseomancy (Tea Leaf Readings) by Kitty, Houston

Tea2Go, Facebook, Sugarland

Texas Tea and Travel Magazine,Houston

The Victorian Lady, League City

Thirst Tea’s, Spring,

Thirty One, Rachel Simmons, Channelview

UGO Travel Cruise Planners

More to follow…

Interested in vending at the festival? Contact or call 832.405.9160 to request an application form. Preference given to tea-related vendors, but all are welcome!

Vendor spots are $100 before August 1 ($125 after August 1) and include a 6-foot oblong table with linen and a chair. Food and beverage vendors may require an additional permit from the City of Houston.

We need VOLUNTEERS to work the festival! Work a 2-hour shift and get free admission to the festival!

8AM to 11AM – Stuff SWAG and Setup

11AM-5PM – Work at the registration table, check wristbands, work in the children’s section, help in the performers area, and serve tea.

5PM-6PM – Cleanup Help

Interested in volunteering? Contact or call 832.405.9160.


There is free parking in the CWA building lot at 6222 Union Hall, 1730 Jefferson Street, Houston, Texas 77003.

If the CWA parking lot fills up, we have secured an overflow parking lot across the street: Entrances on Jefferson between Chenevert & Jackson, and on Pease between Jefferson and Jackson Streets.

Free street parking on Sundays on the side streets, but there is a no parking zone on Jefferson in front of the building!

Public Transportation is within walking distance. Visit Houston Metro for more information.

Prohibited Activities

Please do not bring firearms or live animals (except licensed service animals) to the event. The festival is a smoke free event. Please refrain from creating open flames or bringing propane.

Special Thanks To

Artwork by Megan Anne Chesley, Sacramento, California

Graphic Design & Lettering by Anastasia Lang, LunaGraphx, San Diego, California

Website Design by NickelDog Digital Media, Houston, Texas

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