Meet Martha G. Crimmins Tea Mistress Perfect To A Tea
Martha Crimmins' love for tea became her vocation in 1998 when she launched Perfect To A Tea. A devoted student of the leaf, she has studied the art of taking tea with many leading tea authorities including: the late John Harney of Harney & Sons, Bruce Richardson of Elmwood Inn, noted etiquette expert Dorothea Johnson, and Pearl Dexter, Editor of Tea - A Magazine. Martha sees “taking tea” as an elegant and affordable way to conduct business, entertain friends, celebrate life’s milestones large or small, extend the hand of friendship, or simply indulge in one of life’s finer, soothing, and healthier pleasures.
For more than 25 years, Martha has delighted audiences of all ages with enchanting and educational presentations encompassing tea history and etiquette as well as tea tasting workshops. Numerous Fredericksburg area organizations have featured Martha as the key note speaker at signature events. In addition to delivering sought after programs, the Tea Mistress creates custom tea blends for businesses, non-profit fundraisers, or special occasions. Her most exciting projects include Stratford Hall, Tea For The Cure, Washington Heritage Museums, and the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society. Recently, she created a bestselling collection of teas for The George Washington Foundation/Kenmore.
Martha has a long history of being a gracious hostess. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Home Economics. She was also owner and proprietress of The Spooner House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Fredericksburg. The Tea Mistress is currently pursuing her Tea Consultant credentials from the Specialty Tea Institute, studying under world renowned tea experts. Ms. Crimmins lives in Fredericksburg with her husband Tom and cat Angel…who is known to sit in on a tea party.
In fact it was Tom who introduced Martha to afternoon tea. Since then they have visited tea rooms around the world. Martha is a member of many area charitable and civic organizations. As President of the Downtown Retail Merchants, Inc. (now Main Street), Ms. Crimmins led the organization in working with the city on the downtown parking garage. Later Mayor Tomzak selected her to Chair the Mayoral Committee for Downtown Enterprise.
Ms. Crimmins is of Scottish descent and is delighted to work with Susie and Jamie Bowen of Split Tea!