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The House of England cottage is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. We are also open on the fourth Tuesday of each month from Noon to 2:00 pm. Please drop in for a spot of tea and a chance to learn a bit about the history and traditions of England.

A Little History:
The House of England was one of the orginal 15 cottages set up by the House of Pacific Relations for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. The other 14 cottages represented the countries of: Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Finland, Germany, Israel, China, Russia, Yugoslavia and the United States. Sharing the one remaining cottage on alternating Sundays was: France, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Hungary and Mexico. Today, the House of Pacific Relations consists of 34 national groups, many of whom have their own cottages. Those without a cottage share the Hall of Nations building on a rotating basis.

Lawn Program: Members of the House of England organize our annual lawn program on the closest Sunday to April 23, which is St. George's day in England. On the lawn stage there is always music, dance and a bit of British humour from 2 to 3pm. Foods sold at this event are generally bangers, shepherds pie, chicken pies, or meat pasties along with homemade sausage rolls. Scones and a variety of English cakes and cookies are also sold. For drinks, there's lemonade and of course, lots of tea.

Ethnic Food Fair: Held in the Spring each year, generally features the same menu as the lawn program, and is sold in a tent outside the cottage on the common green.

International Christmas Festival (December Nights): Held the first Friday evening and Saturday in December, House of England members will be hosting a tent at the International Spirits Garden, offering English ales and sherry. Outside the cottage will be the Tudor facade booth, where shepherd's pie and other English foods will be sold. In the cottage itself, hot chocolate, hot apple cider with cinnamon, and of course, English tea will be served in the spirit of the season.

 

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