Reynoldsburg News

American Girl tea

Edwardian-era issues focus of Nov. 10 event


The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department will offer the fifth in a series of teas for young girls and their American Girl dolls Nov. 10.

The program will feature the Edwardian Era doll character, Samantha Parkington.

Mary Beth Hudson, from the parks and recreation department, said girls who attend will learn how women fought for the right to vote, about life in the early 1900s and "why Samantha's friend, Nellie, did not want to ride the orphan train."

The program will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the historic Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road.

The fee is $15 for Reynoldsburg residents, $20 for nonresidents.

Space is limited to the first 20 girls who register. Participants are invited to wear period clothing and bring their favorite doll to the program, Hudson said.

She said the final tea for 2012, set on Dec. 8, will feature the Kirsten Lawson doll; the character is a Swedish immigrant who grew up during the pioneer era.

Participants can register to attend the programs by calling the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department at 614-322-6806.

The Livingston House is owned by the city of Reynoldsburg and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1864-1865 by Alexander W. Livingston, a horticulturalist who is world famous as the developer of the tomato into a stable commercial crop, according to the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau.

For more information about the Livingston House or to schedule a tour, call 614-866-4888.