An Afternoon With Aunt Pitty Pat

Posted: August 26, 2014

Daily News-Record

Aunt Pitty Pat (second from left) speaks with a volunteer during a tea held Aug. 23 at the Virginia Quilt Museum. (Courtesy Photo)
During a visit from Aunt Pitty Pat (TOP), portrayed by Sue Troyan, the Virginia Quilt Museum hosted a tea party. Volunteers, such as the woman above, served spinach quiche, cheesecake with raspberry coulis, lemon bars and more. (Courtesy Photos)

The Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg strives to preserve and celebrate the commonwealth’s quilting heritage, but sometimes it need a little extra help.

At the museum’s English tea Aug. 23, Aunt Pitty Pat — a persona portrayed by Sue Troyan — stopped by to share her knowledge.

Troyan is one of the quilters featured in “Stitching It All Together — The Threads that Unite Us.”

“It’s like you’re talking to this 19th-century lady, which is fun,” remarked Executive Director Meegan Carr.

In addition to enjoying an assortment of teas, guests also dined on spinach quiche, tomatoes stuffed with chicken salad, cucumber with vegetable cheese spread, savory zucchini muffins, ginger apricot scones, fruit kabobs, cheesecake with raspberry coulis, zesty lemon bars and truffles.

“The tea is just a nice way for everyone to get together and have some good food and company and enjoy a presentation,“ summarized Carr. “It makes for an elegant afternoon.“
The museum’s next scheduled tea is set for Dec. 13.

For reservations, visit or call 433-3818.

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