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Bigelow Tea Salutes The Red Hat SocietyAnd Their Tea Parties!

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On April 25th the members of the Red Hat Society will celebrate the organization’s 12th anniversary. You may know The Red Hatters are an amazing group of women with a wonderful outlook on life. But did you know that it all began with a tea party?

Back in 1998, “Queen Mother” Sue Ellen Cooper bought a red hat and found the poem Warning by Jenny Joseph (which depicts an older woman in purple clothing with a red hat). Sue Ellen then decided to give copies of the poem and red hats to a few friends. According to the society’s website, “One day it occurred to these friends that they were becoming a sort of ‘Red Hat Society’ and that perhaps they should go out to tea in full regalia. They decided to don purple dresses which didn’t go with their red hats to complete the poem’s image. The tea was a smashing success.”

At Bigelow Tea, we congratulate the Red Hat Society and its members for enjoying life and for simply being themselves. Plus, it’s nice to know that they enjoy a good tea party!

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Funny Man Jason Bateman Sips Sweet Tea

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Whether you remember him best from Silver Spoons or were a fan of Arrested Development, there is no question that Jason Bateman has mastered the art of funny.

And with decades of prolific performance experience under his belt, the Hollywood comic actor has also tried (and succeeded) at playing the part of director as well. How does a multi-talent like Bateman quench his thirst?  With tea, of course!

In an interview with Best Life Magazine, Bateman wowed the interviewer with his talent and masculinity. And when it came time to order drinks, he chose a sweet tea.

We just love that macho guys in Hollywood and in the world of sports world proudly claim tea as their drink of choice!

We’ve written about plenty of male celeb tea drinkers. So, who has been your favorite so far?  Let us know!

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All You Need Is Tea!

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“Sail me on a silver sun, for I know that I’m free Show me that I’m everywhere, and get me home for tea”

–  George Harrison

It’s no surprise that the Liverpool foursome known as The Beatles were huge tea fans. With tea references in their lyrics throughout their incredible years together as The Fab Four, they were for a time the world’s most notable tea ambassadors! As in the line above from the 1967 song, It’s All Too Much, tea played an important role in their music.

There are actually several tea references in Beatles music; from asking Lovely Rita, Meter Maidwhen are you free to take some tea with me?” to All Together Now, where the question is posed “A – B – C – D – can I bring my friend to tea?”

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We at Bigelow Tea just had to share this great photo (above) with you, taken at Abbey Road Studios, where John, Paul, George and Ringo are taking a break from recording, From Me to You. They’re enjoying tea time with George Martin, (Now Sir George Martin) producer of most of their recordings from 1962-1969, and who is considered by many to be the “Fifth Beatle.”

Run a search of Beatles and tea and you’ll find more great pictures of the group at tea time. We also came across this caricature from The Beatles cartoon series, titled Tea and Crumpets.

Their musical and social impact on the world was immense, and their tea-fueled creativity just adds to their appeal. Also, check out this video of Paul McCartney’s English Tea, from his highly regarded 2007 album “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.”

Have a favorite Beatles’ tea moment?  Tell us about it!

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Bigelow MV-Teas: Gretzky’s Fantasy Camp Was a Winner!

Now that’s a hat trick…Wayne Gretzky, Gretzky’s Fantasy Camp and Bigelow’s Gretzky Green Teas all together in Las Vegas. That’s right, over 70 hockey enthusiasts got together with Wayne Gretzky, Wayne’s father Walter and other hockey greats to live a dream out on the ice for five action packed days. And front and center throughout the camp were Bigelow’s Gretzky Green Teas that everyone enjoyed and took home with the remarkable memories of the camp.

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Spread the word…Gretzky’s Fantasy Camp is “the place to be!”

Bob

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Join Bigelow Tea In Celebrating World Health Day – April 7th, 2010

Yes, ladies and gents, urbanization is constantly on the rise and here to stay. What this means for us city dwellers is that now, more than ever, we need to focus on making our city environment healthier.

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That’s why this year’s World Health Day, sponsored annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus on the relationship between urbanization and our health.

As the public health arm of the United Nations, the WHO has launched a worldwide campaign “1000 Cities, 1000 Lives” in an effort to raise awareness of a global initiative to open up the streets to healthy activity.

As the urban landscape spreads, so do the health challenges associated with it: violence, compromised water/sewage, car pollution, second hand smoke, alcohol/drug use, and physical inactivity. On World Health Day 2010, urban communities around the world will organize events to promote healthy living in the city.

Bigelow Tea says hooray to that! Not only do we value our community – local and global – we are also ardent advocates of healthy living and preserving the environment. Our wonderfully flavorful teas, with their biodegradable or recyclable packaging, are bursting with anti-oxidants!  And, in an effort to get everybody outside and exercising, we also host and sponsor urban events like our annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, where the proceeds go to local charities.

So for World Health Day 2010–from New York to Down Under–people will be cycling, walking, dancing and breathing easier in car-free streets.  And they will all be sharing their ideas about how their community is working towards making their city more health-friendly. Watch this inspiring video on World Health Day 2010 here:

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Please join us in the global effort to make our cities healthier… today, and every day.

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Women and Tea: A Brilliant Partnership

“Women are like tea bags. They don’t know how strong they are until they get into hot water.”

— attributed to both Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan

Cindi Bigelow beside portrait of Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Entrepreneur

We have seen that fantastic quote here before, speaking to the essential connection between women and their tea. As we reflect on that association at Bigelow Tea, looking at the fascinating history of our family-run company, we can’t help but see the correlation between smart and talented women and tea.

Perhaps it’s all the medical studies that connect the properties in tea with bone health, or reducing the risk of diabetes. It could be the fundamental pleasure of sitting with a friend and talking about life and love over a cup of Bigelow Tea. Whatever the reason, women and tea connect, and it’s no wonder women continue to make the switch to tea.

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From Eleanor Roosevelt to recent Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock, we mention some of our favorite female  tea drinkers on our Bigelow Tea Blog. Hollywood stars to Olympic athletes to business mavens: we think it’s wonderful that there are so many excellent female role models out there who love their tea.

At Bigelow Tea, we rely on the tradition of the inspiring spirit of women, and we have for 65 years — ever since Ruth Campbell Bigelow started the Bigelow Tea company in a time when businesswomen were not the norm. She had a strong entrepreneurial vision, and one which lives on today with her granddaughter and our company President, Cindi Bigelow. It just warms our hearts to know that generation after generation of tea drinkers have enjoyed the warmth and inspiration that Bigelow Tea brings to them.

Note: a big thank you goes out to World Tea News for this great interview with Cindi Bigelow talking about Bigelow Tea’s 65th anniversary!

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Bigelow Tea’s Herbal Plus: The Next Generation Of Herbal Tea!

Bigelow Tea knows that our herbal teas are relaxing and tasty, and that herbal teas have been used for medicinal purposes throughout history. Now, after two years of research and development, Bigelow Tea has introduced four new herbal teas with important nutritional properties, our Herb Plus line.

Why “Plus”? These healthy and delicious teas are fortified with probiotics, Omega3, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and choline…not sure what all those good things do for you? Check out this excellent new video where Cindi Bigelow explains all the healthy benefits of these delicious new teas!

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Move Over, Crumpets And Scones! Make Way For Cupcakes!

Since the term “cupcake” refers to “any small cake that is about the size of a teacup, it’s only fitting to celebrate teatime with cupcakes. In fact, this practice is becoming popular at fine tea shops and ritzy hotels around the country.

This makes perfect sense since both teatime and cupcakes are elegant, as can be seen in the  photo below (the mini cupcakes, are especially cute.) What a pairing!

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But this chic trend is not so elegant that you can’t try it at home. Be creative. You can decorate your cupcakes along a favorite theme; bedeck your plain cupcakes as teapots or top them off with an entire, albeit miniature, breakfast tea service as pictured below. Now this is an artistic and gastronomic beauty!

For the finishing touch, how about a bouquet of edible “flowers” made, of course, of cupcakes? A delicious addition to your afternoon tea that has its own sweet bouquet! Go ahead, you can have your cupcakes and eat them too!



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Rain Is Great For Tea But Not MY House!

Got to love all the rain we are having in this part of the country…people love to hold a warm cup of tea in their hands and relax when the weather is dreary outside. Problem is we have had so much rain our homes are taking a beating.

Left the office yesterday when I got a call that my septic was BACKING UP INTO MY HOME. I clearly did not need to hear too much more and spent the next 7 hours doing things that are not the most fun. Luckily I had several friends and family helping save our basement.

It could have been so much worse.

So I am counting my blessings today for my family and friends who worked tirelessly to save my house from completely going under and I am REALLY happy the sun is coming out. Yes, rain is great for tea and that is good but after yesterday, I think I could use a little break from those sweet little rain drops….at least until my back yard dries up!!

That will be a day I will never forget…..

Cindi Bigelow

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The Many Wonders of Bigelow Green Tea Include Fading Scars Studies Say!

 

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Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea has many fans, for taste and health reasons; but did you know studies show it also can help to fade scars? In these three easy steps, scars can begin to vanish:

  1. Blanch a teaspoon of green tea. Dip a tea ball of green tea into boiling water, then ice water. This will create two cups of green tea, and make mush out of the green tea leaves.
  2. Cool the blanched green tea and then swab onto your face. The blanched tea leaves will help heal the scarred areas and protect them from UV rays and sun damage.
  3. Drink several cups of green tea each day! The antioxidants in the green tea will help your skin heal from the inside out more quickly and with less discoloration.

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So, enjoy a steaming cup of Bigelow Tea green tea, and know you are being good to your body.

The taste and warmth of tea is in itself an uplifting delight….and is there no end to all the other benefits of green tea?!

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