Tuesday, May 17, 2016

In the South, Porches and Iced Tea Go Hand in Hand

Patricia is here to share with us today more Southern Tea Time wisdom...
Spring and Summer mean major porch sitting time in the South .
Almost everyone in the south has a front porch ...or wants one.
The front porch is hospitality headquarters for meeting, greeting and entertaining guests.
Southern girls are taught from an early age all of the rules to being a proper hostess.
Everyone knows to properly entertain a guest, you must offer them some refreshments.
It would be too rude not to...and we don't do rude in the south !
Of course, iced tea is at the top of the list of beverages.
And, more likely than not, that tea will be sweet .
We love our sweet tea in the south.
It would not be out of the ordinary to find a pitcher of sweet tea  always ready waiting in the refrigerator of a southern home.
In the South we invite you to our front porch !
Come sit a spell !

 In contrast to many other American architectural traditions, the roots of  porches don't appear to be found in Europe, but rather in the architectural heritage of colonial trading partners. Traders en route from the Caribbean to the British, French, and Spanish colonies were influenced by island architecture, rich with large open porches to accommodate the humid climate.

Little by little, colonists (primarily in the South) began to incorporate porches in their homes, mixing this tropical influence with European classicism.
In Virginia, porches often took on the look of their Palladian predecessors—two symmetrical stories flanked with columns. The classical porch also was popular in Charleston, blended with the climate sensitivity of the Caribbean building tradition to create regal, double-story piazzas. Perhaps the most famous early American classical porch is George Washington's Mt. Vernon, which set a standard for the porch-building tradition in the American South.

Thank you Patricia for this beautiful post and for inspiring me to take tea outside!

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