Last Saturday on October 20th, the Kent-Delord House Museum hosted an Old Fashioned Holiday Treat event. It was a free event and guests had the opportunity to try a variety of treats that the Delords used to enjoy around the holidays. There were snowball grapes (a personal favorite, white chocolate covered grapes dipped in sprinkles, surprisingly delectable), macaroons, shortbread, different punches, jellies (including a spiced grape one made from the arbors in the Museum’s backyard!), cocoa spiced nuts, and much more! Betsey’s federal cake was a hit! It was just the right amount of sweet, dense and buttery- the way cake should taste! Some guests compared it to the Australian Tea Cake from Rambach’s Bakery!
Jan McCormick also hosted a Sweet Meats workshop. Sweet Meats, despite the misleading name, is not actually meat. It is candy made from the peels of citrus fruit like lemons, oranges and limes. The peels are boiled down until they have the consistency of gumdrops. They are quite delicious and easy to make! The treats featured in the picture below are more gooey than they should be- that is a lesson to anyone attempting to make sweet meats to be careful about boiling down the peels excessively. The treats were still delicious regardless!
Eliza Webb to Betsey Swetland, December 18, 1843
Last Friday evening Mrs. Bunce made a little party for children. Mothers and friends were invited to come with their young folks tho we are not fond of Frances visiting, this was an occasion we felt she should be indulged in. At ½ past 6 I accompanied her to the scene of enjoyment. About twenty fathers and mothers with a host of girls and boys were assembled. There was a little music & much amusing frolic until 8. We were then invited out to a table beautifully spread with delicacies proper for young folks, two long forms of ice cream, rich and plain cake, fruit, sweet meats, lemonade. You would have been gratified to have seen Frances at the table where I could notice her without appearing to. She ate what she liked but took nothing improper for a child & enjoyed it like a lady. A little before nine her uncle came for us & at one hour later than usual she was in her bed.
Letter to Fannie from Elizabeth Swetland, February 1st, 1849
We had a great wedding here last eve. Julia Bailey is now Mrs. Buel Palmer. They were married at seven o’clock at the church. The house was crowded to over flowing. Her dress was a splendid white satin with a white lace well fastened at the top with ornaments hanging down each side. Her sister, Sarah, and Sophie Moore, Doc. Moore’s daughter, were bridesmaids. William Walworth and Peter were grooms me. We old people went from the church to the house, tho most of the invited went home to change their dress. Hetty played as they entered the church. It is a solemn ceremony. They performed their parts well. There were between two and three hundred. Mr. Bailey’s rooms are large. The refreshments were abundant and splendid. Early coffee and cake were handed around. About nine we were shown into the supper rooms opened into each other. In one the Table was beautiful with Pyramids of elegant Frosted cake, Charlotte Russ, Jellies, Whips, sweet meats, ice cream, buts and Fruits. In the next room was a table of meats, chickens, Ham, oysters, celery.
Guests also enjoyed violin and cello music performed by Madison McBride
All guests had the opportunity to take recipes home with them! If interested in any of these recipes, comment below!