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A Step Back in Time: A HubNuggets Tea Party

Dusty Old Book Found Under Our Couch

Dusty Old Book Found Under Our Couch

How It All Began

We were all sitting there in our new redecorated club house lazily talking about this weeks HubNuggets and drinking a cup of tea when Enelle Lamb commented on the dust under the couch. How could there be dust there already? We had just gone through this whole place, redecorated and cleaned from top to bottom. Simone Smith leaned over, reached her hand under the edge of the couch and grabbed the culprit that was the cause of the bundle of dust. It was an old book thickly covered in what looked like years of accumulated dust. What in the world was it doing under our new couch? Where the heck did it come from?

We gathered around Simone watching her dust off the book, or trying to anyway. The dust was so thick you couldn't even tell what color the book was and there was something hanging off the bottom. Carefully carrying the book over to the table Simone placed it down gently. A little cloud of dust drifted up causing us all group to start coughing.

Reaching over RedElf touched the piece at the bottom of the book. "This feels like ribbon."

Ripplemaker: "I wonder if it's there to mark a special page?"

Patty Inglish: "Well, lets open it and find out."

As they reached out to open the book the room grew dark and the wind began to swirl around them. The book flew open and the pages began to turn so quickly they looked like a blur. Then everythinkg turned black.

Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House

The Landing

Suddenly we were no longer in our clubhouse. We looked all around us. Where the heck were we? How did we get her? Who were all these people walking around in these strange clothes?

We sat there silently for a few minutes just looking at the people passing by us, trying to get our bearings. It had to be shock, that's the only thing that would have kept us quiet for so long.

Enelle Lamb: "I'm beginning to think we're no longer in 2011.

KoffeeKlatch Gals: "I think you're right. Look at the clothes everyone is wearing."

Fawntia Fowler: "Did you notice that everybody seems to be going to the same place?"

We stopped talking for a minute or two to watch the people going by us. Yes, it did look like everyone was walking in the same direction. In fact, they were all walking towards this great big old fashioned looking building. Shrugging their shoulders we all began following the stream of people. Wherever they were going we were going too.

Enelle: "You know, some of the dresses the women are wearing look kind of nice. It looks like that woman over there is wearing silk."

Maddie Rudd: "I wonder how we got here. I starting to think we've traveled back in time."

KoffeeKlatch Gals: "I love history. Wouldn't it be exciting to be a part of some historical event?"

Maddie : "It seems like we're in colonial times. At least, that's what the clothes look like."

Enelle: "I think you might be right. Look at the hat on that man. It reminds me of a picture I saw in a history book. You know what I mean, the triangle shaped hat they wore sometime around the Revolutionary War.

We were fascinated by the women's dresses, well all of us except Jason, he just seemed kind of bored. Some wore dresses that looked like they were made out of linen, wool or a heavy cotton, and some liked as though they were dresses in velvet, satin or silk. They were in a variety of colors including yellow, red, purple, blue, brown, black , and a shade of earthy green. Even though they had such a wide variety of fabrics they all seemed to be in the same type of style. The bodice was tight fitting with a low neck line, long sleeves, and a long full skirt. The dresses out of the courser fabrics were mostly covered witrh an apron. Some of the women wore shawls held tighlty to their bodice and some wore long, loose cloaks. The women in the softer, richer fabrics seemed to have shoes made of the smae material a their dress, while the other women wore leather tie shoes. Holding their hands were miniature version of their mothers, dressed in the same fabrics and colors as their mothers.

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The men all seemed to have on breeches, stockings, a waistcoat (looked like a loose fitting shirt) that buttoned down the front and a jacket that was shorter in the front and longer in the back. Some had laces collars and a type of vest that looked like brocade. The color of their clothing was white, black, beige, brown and an earthy green. Occasionally we saw a flah of a jewel or gold as thought the buttons were made of semi precious stones. Behind them trailed min-versions of them, dresses almost as their twin.

Enelle: "Look at that woman's shoes. If ladyjane1's evil twin Lady Gaga saw them she'd be snatching them off her feet."

Notice posted outside the door of the Old South Meeting House

Notice posted outside the door of the Old South Meeting House


The Meeting

As we got closer to the large building all the people were filing into they noticed a large sign over the door. The Old South Meeting House. Well, that solved one mystery. They were going to a meeting. It left the question of: What kind of meeting were they going to and did we really want to be there?

We finally got close to the door but the meeting house was so crowded that the people inside were shuffling around trying to find space while others had to wait outside. As we stood there Simone pointed out a paper nailed to the wall next to the door. Suddenly we realized what this was all about. How exciting was this? We were in 1773 and we were going to have a first row seat to The Boston Tea Party.

Well, we didn't manage to get a seat, there must have been 5,000 people there all vying for the same few seats. At least we weren't among the ones standing outside. In this spot we could hear and see most of what was going on.

All around us were angry colonials shouting "No tax on Tea". Apparently they were still adamant about not buying the tea that was sitting in the harbor. It turns out that Governor Hutchinson had refused to let the ships leave without unloading all the tea they had aboard. So, they were all at a stalemate. There they were, the three ships, the Eleanor, the Dartmouth, and the Beaver, holding onboard all that tea from The East India Company and they couldn't unload the tea and they couldn't leave.The tea on board was to be sold at a lesser price giving the British government a monolopy of tea. The colonists were determined not to let that happen.

So, they decided the only thing to do is take things into their own hands. Cries of "Hurrah for Griffin's Wharf " and "Boston Harbor a Teapot Tonight ." filled the air. People jumped up and everyone began crowding out the door. Finally, they were going to take action. The Sons of Liberty ( a political group of American Patriots that banded together to protect the rights of the Americans) began rubbing their faces with coal dust and trying a leather band around their heads. From somewhere there appeared a pile of feathers from which each man chose one or two feathers from and stuck them in the band. Boy did it change the way they looked. As we watched we saw these men turning into Indians.

Simone: "I want to do that. I want to be involved."

Jason Menayan: "I don't think you can. Haven't you noticed that they are all men?"

ladyjane1: "Well, I'm going to find some men's clothes and join the party. How about you guys."

Jason: "You'd better hurry. It looks like they'll be leaving in a minute or two."

The girls turned around and magically there before them was a pile of men's clothing.

Simone: "I love these adventures."

Throwing on the clothes the gang quickly rubbed soot all over their faces and joined the other Indians.


The Party

The Indians grabbed up their tomahawks and began purposefully walking towards the harbor. As they walked the other people that had been at the meeting began walking along side them. By the time they arrived at the harbor they were quite a large group.

The Indians split into three different groups, one for each ship. The hubber group discretely split themselves into three groups and joined the Indians. Each group of Indians boarded the ships unaccosted while the leaded of the group went up to the commander and demanded the key to the hatch where the tea was stored.

Working as a team they hauled the chests of tea onboard, broke them open with their hatchets and threw the tea overboard. The crowd on the harbor cheered them only, all wishing they themselves were there dumping tea. It took the Indians over 3 hours to dump over 90,000 pounds of tea. One of the most amazing things about that night is that even though they were surrounded by British ships there was no attempt made to stop them. Not only that, nothing but the tea and the chest it was inside were touched. The Indians respected the property of the ship owner.

Oh, I forgot to mention this: each ship contained a chest that held this weeks HubNuggets Nominees. Luckily the group is the observant kind. If they hadn't noticed that one of those tea chests held the nominees they would have been dumped in the harbor with all that tea. Imagine trying to find them.


It's Your Turn to Act

Now it's time for you to do your part. Make sure you vote for your favorite hub. Let all your friends and relatives know about it. Encourage them to some, read, and vote. And all of you nominees, don't be shy. Let everyone know your hub has been chosen as a HubNugget Wannabe Hub. It's a terrific honor and each one of you deserve it. We are proud of you.

  • How do I get on the HubNugget Wannabe list?

HubNugget Wannabe is a well written and presented hub by someone who has been with hubpages for less than 90 days and has an author score of 75 or more. The hub needs to have been published within the last 7 weeks and have a hub score of at least 55.

  • So what's in it for you?

Well, I'll tell you. First of traffic to your hub is really going to soar, this means more people will be reading your writing. This can only lead to a more fans following you. The title of your hub will be posted in the HubNugget forum-thread, you'll receive a wonderful letter of congratulations from one of the HubNuggets team members and you will be featured in our newsletter.

  • What are the guidelines?

To make your hub worthy of all this fame all you have to do is chose great topic, write a well-written, well-researched hub of about 800 or so words, and add a few relevant pictures and maybe even a video. Last but certainly not least, make sure you read over your work, edit carefully and remove any mistakes and then push that publish now button. Make sure you go to the hub learning center and read the following site for any questions you may have.

Last but not least, it very important, promote, promote, promote. Make sure you tell everyone you know to sign into hubpages, read and vote. Post it on every blog you participate in. Make sure you let people know they don't have to join to vote.

Good luck and don't forget to vote for yourself.


I would like to thank the sites that helped me with my information.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Susan Hazelton


Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 18, 2011:

femmeflashpoint, I'm glad you were entertained. Thanks for visiting.

femmeflashpoint on August 17, 2011:

Wonderful!!! Still smiling!!!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 16, 2011:

drpastorcarlotta, thanks for reading and thanks for the vote up.

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on August 14, 2011:

GREAT STORY!!!!!!!!!!! Voted-Up!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 13, 2011:

thoughtforce, too bad you didn;t get to vote. Thanks for your comment.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 13, 2011:

prektjr.dc, I am sure your daughter is thrilled for you. Congratulations.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 13, 2011:

Lilith, congratulations. I'm sure we are going to see a lot more of you here on hubpages.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 13, 2011:

Roy Perrin, congratulations on making the list. We all hope to see you alot more of you.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on August 11, 2011:

Oh, I was to late to vote but I so enjoyed reading this hub! You have done a fantastic job presenting them. Now I have a great time reading all these hubs! And congratulations to all the nominees and the winners!


carriethomson from United Kingdom on August 11, 2011:

hey what an excellent adventure. enjoyed reading!! and best wishes and congratulations to all the hubnugget nominees.

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on August 10, 2011:

Special thanks to all who voted for me! My win is bittersweet! But sweet nonetheless!! It is a treat to be appreciated for something you enjoy! God Bless and congratulations to the other hubnugget winners!!

Lilith Eden from Hanau, Germany on August 10, 2011:

Same to you Roy!

Roy Perrin from Jacksonville, NC on August 10, 2011:

Congratulations Lilith!

Lilith Eden from Hanau, Germany on August 10, 2011:

Hello Everyone:

I am absolutely giddy and delighted! Thanks to all you Hubbers who voted and congrats to everyone else who was commended by the Hubpage community for their work.

This was a fantastic experience.

With upmost appreciation,


Roy Perrin from Jacksonville, NC on August 10, 2011:

{:`~) Tears of joy!!! I can't remember the last time I was rewarded for something I did simply for the joy of it. Thank you to everyone that voted. I am truly honored as I can not believe how tough the "competition" was. I almost couldn't vote for myself. I look forward to reading and writing even more on HubPages. It has been one of my favorite internet finds!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 09, 2011:

prektjr.dc, we have a lot of creative writers here on HubPages. Congratulations to everyone who made it to this level.

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on August 08, 2011:

There are some really good hubs here! It was difficult to choose on some! I hope everyone feels a winner regardless, to have been nominated is an honor and with the quality at this! Good luck all!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 08, 2011:

Roy Perrin, How true, there are so many great nominees it's hard to chose. Creative writers foten do offer creative ideas to each other. Thanks for reading and voting.

Roy Perrin from Jacksonville, NC on August 08, 2011:

My only regret is that I have but one vote to give (for each category). I wish I had more time to read more hubs as well. I usually end up being inspired to write my next hub by something I've read from another hubber.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 08, 2011:

Terishere, Congratulations on your nominations. Thanks for voting.

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 08, 2011:

Ingenira, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for reading.

Terishere on August 08, 2011:

I enjoyed reading this hub. It was very well written and put together!

I am also excited and surprised by my nomination! I wish all the nominees the best of luck :)

I put my vote in for a few categories. There are many interesting hubs here and I absolutely love hub hopping!

Good luck all!


Ingenira on August 08, 2011:

That's so fun! I love the way you presented it !

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 08, 2011:

cardelean, I saw on your profile that you teach elementary school. I'm with middle school ESE students.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 08, 2011:

Enelle, I love all of our adventures, we always seem to have so much fun.

Thanks for voting.

I join your congratulations and add my own.

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on August 08, 2011:

I LOVE tea parties :D - Great hub Gals, sure did enjoy our escapades and the new nominee's hubs! Congrats to everyone and I read and voted :D

cardelean from Michigan on August 08, 2011:

I didn't know you were a teacher KKG. My students love Magic Tree House books as well. They are fun reads!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 08, 2011:

prektjr.dc, you're quite welcome.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 08, 2011:

cardelean, it is kind of like the Magic Tree House books. My students love them and when I was thinking of going back in time I thought what better way to go than with a book.

It is hard when two family members are nominated at the same time. I guess the only thing to do is divide family and enourage friends to vote.

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on August 08, 2011:

KoffeeKlatch Gals,

Thank you for the sweet compliment! I'm quite proud of her!


that is exactly what we have found! Too much fun!! Thanks for your encouragement!

cardelean from Michigan on August 07, 2011:

Loved this hub! It reminded me of the adventures in the Magic Tree House books. I too love adventures and would love to go back in history and witness some great historic event.

Prektjr.dc I feel your dilema! My mom and I were both nominated for the fan faves a couple of weeks ago. We were in quite a quandary as were our FB friends and family! Good luck to you both. Now I'm off to read and vote!!!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 07, 2011:

prektjr.dc, I can't believe I missed that. You both are great. Like mother like daughter.

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on August 07, 2011:

Flora,'s a secret! Dalaina is my sweet daughter! If you look real close the children in both of the hubs nominated are the same sweet cherubs!!! I am so proud for her! And me of course, it is such a nice treat to have her hubbing with me!

FloraBreenRobison on August 07, 2011:

prektjr-what a dilemma! Who's your daughter?

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 07, 2011:

Thanks Dalaina, we try to make it interesting. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Congratulations and make sure you vote for yourself.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 07, 2011:

Seeker7, it is hard to choose. Everyone picked is so good. Thanks for votingg.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 07, 2011:

prekjtr.dc, what a decision. How exciting that both you and your daughter were chosen to be nominees. Whoever you vote for both of you can be proud.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 07, 2011:

FloraBreenRobison, thanks for voting. We appreciated it and the nominees appreciate it.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 07, 2011:

ripplemaker, we did have a terrific groups of them to choose from. Thanks for voting.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 07, 2011:

Peggy W, it is exciting to be chosen as a nominee. I thought we had a really great group.

Dalaina from Kansas on August 07, 2011:

What a great way to find out the nominees!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on August 07, 2011:

This was a joy to read and what a story!! However, I have had difficulty with the voting - everyone of the hubs deserves an accolade. But I have made my choice and good luck to all.

Debbie Carey from Riverton, KS, USA on August 07, 2011:

For starters what an intrigue! I love tea and you had me with a tea party invite! What a surprise to find one of my hubs among the nominees! Thanks for the very exciting indeed!! My only dilemma is whether to vote for my daughter or me?? She is nominated in my category as well!!! How fun! I think maybe me...oh dear!!!!

FloraBreenRobison on August 07, 2011:

I've now voted on the third category. Almost 1:15am. Time to go to bed!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on August 06, 2011:

Done voting! There were so many great hubs, I thoroughly enjoyed my hub reading....go,go,go! Keeping reading and voting! Best of luck to all!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2011:

I remember when I was a newbie and got nominated for a hubmugget award. It was so warm and welcoming and unexpected. Keep up the good work. Every hub I have read thus far from this new group is excellent!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 06, 2011:

Lilith Eden, that you for the high praise - you make me blush :) We love to put the work of deserving new hubbers before the rest of the group. We were new once ourselves.

I hope you voted for yourself.

Lilith Eden from Hanau, Germany on August 06, 2011:

Hi Gals!

Besides commending you for your own literary and creative genius, I also wanted to thank you for appreciating the work of fellow hubbers, who are all extremely talented.

I am very excited for my nomination and thank everyone for taking the time to not only consider my hub, but others as well.

With great appreciation,

-Lilith (author of "My Love For A Villain")

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 06, 2011:

Peggy W, we try to have a different approach each week. I'm glad you liked it.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 06, 2011:

Ripplemaker, it was a great adventure. How lucky we are that we looked into each chest.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 06, 2011:

ladyjane1. not only am I glad that the HubNuggets didn't get wet, I'm also glad your evil twin Lady Gaga didn't get a load of the satin shoes on the beautifully dressed colonial. We might have had a fight on our hands.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 06, 2011:

acaetnna, we rather enjoyed it. I'm glad you did also.

FloraDeenRobison, thanks for voting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2011:

Congratulations to all the nominees and what a clever introduction to the hubnuggets awards!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on August 06, 2011:

Another great adventure for the team...and a plus for being observant with the tea chest containing the Hubnuggets! :D Off to read and vote!

ladyjane1 from Texas on August 05, 2011:

Wow what a great story and glad those hubnuggets didnt get wet.........great job, read and voted.Goodluck to all!

FloraBreenRobison on August 05, 2011:

I've voted in two of the categories so far. I will have to wait until after the weekend to read the third until Sunday or Monday as I am ushering this weekend. I would prefer to be in the musical, rather than ushering, but I have not the time anymore. sigh. At least I'm still involved somehow.

acaetnna from Guildford on August 05, 2011:

Wow what an awesome adventure!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 05, 2011:

FloraBreenRobison, I thought the perfect spot fot the HubNuggets to be found would be the tea chests. We all landed safely back in our clubhouse with a great big thump after our adventure ended. As a matter of fact, we were whisked away right after the last tea chest was emptied into the harbor.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 05, 2011:

Thank you RedElf. Coming from you thats high praise. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Come on everyone and vote for your favorite.

FloraBreenRobison on August 05, 2011:

A wonderful history lesson. I was wondering how a real life event would be morphed into today, but yes, the hubnuggets would be hidden in the chest. I take it that once eveything was dumped everyone automatically got back to 2011. All that tea. sigh. Reminds me. I have only had one cup of tea today. Must have more!

RedElf from Canada on August 05, 2011:

What a wonderful adventure - I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed your "tea party"! It was great fun playing Indians, with no cowboys to chase us. :D I also took time out from reading and voting to peruse your "It's your turn to act" section, and I am impressed with the clear and accessible way in which you presented the information. Kudos, Gal.

Congratulations to all the nominees - get out there and tell all your friends to come and vote for you!

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 05, 2011:

Patty, I agree. Every vote counts.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 05, 2011:

Read and voted; and I think we should bring the Indians forward to time to vote as well. lol

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 05, 2011:

Mrs. Menagerie, you never know how the voting is going to turn out. The important thing is to keep on voting.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 05, 2011:

Marellen, Nice turn of the word.

Thanks for reading and ?voting?

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on August 05, 2011:

Simone, Ilove the adventures too. They keep our minds going and in tip top shape.

Congrats to all the great nominees.

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on August 05, 2011:

Got an early start with reading and voting this time, no time like the present, right? Great story, fun to read! I've noticed a pattern with the voting results of past, I always vote for the underdog...hmmmm. We'll see if that is true this time as well;-)

marellen on August 05, 2011:

Very cute turn of events.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on August 05, 2011:

I seriously do love these adventures. And I ADORE this week's nominees! Congrats to all, and good luck!

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