Lucky girls share tea, spend time with favorite princesses
Mary Anne Bigger, president of Friends of the Nancy Carson Library, played the role of fairy godmother on Saturday. She brought together a collection of princesses from quite a few different realms at the Stewart House.
With cucumber sandwiches, sugared cupcakes, white grape punch and a multitude of other things being served, a few lucky girls were able to spend some time with their favorite princesses which included Ariel portrayed by Sarah Bigger; Glinda the Good Witch, Benna Ashe; Rapunzel, Hope Bussey; Belle, Bronwyn Bigger; Merida, Nikki Mock; Sleeping Beauty, Erin Calloway; Princess and the Pea, Cassandra Hooper; Snow White, Sarah White; Little Red Riding Hood, Hailey Farmer; and Dorothy, Bethany Lewis.
Emily Perry, who brought her daughter, Andilyn, 3, sat at Princess and the Pea’s table. Perry thought her daughter was most excited to see Belle, but Andilyn had other thoughts.
“Sleeping Beauty,” she said when asked who her favorite princess was. “She was my favorite, because she was, and because she was beautiful.”
Her mom felt that the job done by the volunteers and princesses made the experience very memorable for her and her daughter.
“It was great, the house is beautiful, and they did an awesome job with all of the princesses,” Emily said. “... It was perfect how they did it.”
Ellie Warner, 3, dressed for the occasion in an outfit that matched Snow White’s. However, she was most excited to see Rapunzel.
“She’s my favorite,” she said. “I want to get all of their autographs.”
After their reserved sessions, everyone was encouraged to walk around and meet the other princesses.
This included autographs and opportunities for photos and chatting.
For their part, the princesses also enjoyed the event. Mock, who has participated each year, missed being out on Merida by about a month last year.
“Right when I saw it last year I knew I had to be Merida,” she said. “I knew I could do this, I have a great Scottish accent. So I emailed Ms. Bigger, and she said, Absolutely.’”
Sarah Bigger pointed to the excitement that one girl, in particular, had at her table.
“She was so excited to be here, and she just kept talking and talking,” she said. “I had to work a bit to get the others to open up. Eventually, they bought the story and that I was a mermaid, and they asked me why I didn’t have a tail. I told them that King Trident granted me a wish where I could come back and have the tail so I could walk and come see them.”
Her mom, who organized the event, said everything was in good fun and it all went toward a great cause.
“It was wonderful,” she said. “We work very closely with the Beta Club from North Augusta High School and a number of them volunteered to help us out. All of the food is done by the volunteers; Melody Garrison donates this house for us to use, and so we try to raise some money and awareness regarding the library. All of the profits we would make we then turn around and give to Renee (Burton, of the Nancy Carson Library) to go toward the children’s collection.”
Scott Rodgers is a reporter at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.