Resident Feature

Walnut Creek Historical Society Gets Creative

with their Holiday Traditions

For the past 37 years, the Walnut Creek Historical Society has hosted a Holiday Victorian Tea at the Shadelands Ranch Museum. Due to public health indoor social distancing requirements, the WCHS finds it necessary to cancel this incredibly popular event for the safety of our supporters and volunteers. 

Over 1,400 people annually make the Holiday Victorian Tea part of their own holiday traditions, and the WCHS doesn’t want anyone to miss out on experiencing a new version of the tea in the comfort of their homes. In lieu of hosting the Tea at Shadelands Museum, the WCHS has created a “Tea for Two” box containing the following special items: 

Pre-measured Scone Dry Mix 

Homemade Lemon Curd 

Delicious Shortbread Cookies 

Shadelands Secret Special Blend Holiday Tea 

Two Tea Infusers 

Two WCHS Commemorative Cookbooks 

The Holiday Victorian Tea is Walnut Creek Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year and your support will help offset our loss of income in 2020. This fundraiser will help the WCHS by generating funds for the Museum, Third Grade Living History Program and guided Downtown Walking Tours. 

For a cost of $44 per box ($22 per person), you will receive all of the above packed in an attractive box. Start your holiday shopping early and purchase multiple boxes of this thoughtful and perfect gift. 

Please go to to order your boxes from now until November 6, 2020. 

We offer contact-free delivery within Contra Costa County at no extra charge or pick up at Shadelands Ranch Museum. In addition, we will mail boxes to any of your recipients within the Continental United States via two-day Priority Mail (shipping charges apply). All boxes will be delivered, shipped or be ready for pick up between November 28 and December 13. 

This unique fundraiser will enable everyone to enjoy the WCHS holiday tradition with friends and family until we can all be together again at Shadelands Ranch Museum. 

Please note: The 38th Annual Holiday Faire will still take place at Shadelands Ranch Museum (2660 Ygnacio Valley Road) pursuant to County Health Regulations requiring face masks and social distancing. Do your shopping locally for beautiful handmade gifts and delicious food items. Please stop by November 28 through December 13, 2020 from 10am-4pm daily. 

By Judy Caponigro, Resident since 2016