Have tea with real Rosie the Riveters of WWII at The Newton in Ypsilanti

Traditional tea and biscuits. (Pexels)

YPSILANTI, Mich. – Get the chance to meet the real “We Can Do It” women who worked in factories in Southeast Michigan during World War II while enjoying an afternoon tea and live music at the historic Newtown Inn.

The event will take place on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

“These women of our Greatest Generation – as eyewitnesses to the most momentous events of the 20th century – are living history,” reads the event website. “They carry the grace and wisdom of their years, and are a joy to be with.”

Hosted by local chef Allison Anastasio, the event includes an introduction to the WWII Rosies and WWII Veterans in attendance, a talk on “How Rosie Won the War” by Jeanette Gutierrez of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, and a performance by musician Corey Strong featuring wartime songs to live piano accompaniment.

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Learn about local Rosie the Riveter connections several celebrities had, including Gloria Swanson, Walter Pidgeon and Marilyn Monroe.

Artifacts will be on display from the WWII era, including sweetheart jewelry, ration stamps and a rivet gun.

Costumed Rosie the Riveters will be on site and photo ops with the real and/or costumed Rosies will be available.

“Vintage costume or polka-dot attire encouraged but not required,” reads the event website.

Tickets to the afternoon tea are $60.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The Newton of Ypsilanti is located at 220 S. Huron St.


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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.