Valerie Tripp, who authored books about Felicity, Samantha, Molly, and other American Girl® characters, will speak about her creative process and the joys of writing while guests enjoy tea, tea sandwiches, and pastries from Bridgecreek Catering (view the menu). Tripp will also answer questions about her stories and sign guests’ books (Inquiring Minds Bookstore will also have books for sale at the event). A raffle will be held and one lucky winner will receive a Maryellen Larkin™ doll, complete with accessories and books about her life as an American Girl in the 1950s.
Prior to the April 9 event, children ages 7 to 12 are invited to write their own Huguenot Street Girl stories from the perspective of Maria Hasbrouck, the daughter of Jean Hasbrouck and Anna Deyo, Huguenot refugees who were among the first settlers of New Paltz. Stories will be judged by Valerie Tripp and two winners (one from each age group, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12) will have their stories read aloud at the event and will take home a prize. Click here for submission details and to learn more about Maria. Submit your Huguenot Street Girl story by Wednesday, April 6, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to 88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561, ATTN: Kara Gaffken.