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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Judy Bolton Weekend - 2008

Friends of the Judy Bolton series books will meet in Coudersport on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11.

A get-together reception will be held at the Coudersport Chamber of Commerce Office/John White Studio on E. 2nd Street on Friday, October 10 at 4:00 P.M.

Also, at the reception persons may sign-up for Friday night dinner as well as the Saturday tour, box lunch and dinner.

The Friday evening home-cooked buffet dinner will be at 5:30 PM at Klein’s Family Century Farm in Mina, Pa (owned by Karl & Ilene Altenhein). At the Altenhein’s you will get to visit their restored farm house and to view one outstanding piece of furniture, a hand carved secretariat, that was made by Margaret Sutton’s father and grandfather. Reservations may be made in advance by calling the Altenhein’s at (814) 274-9798 or Peg Rotello at (814) 647-8441.

This year the group will focus on the 9th book in the series, namely, The Mysterious Half Cat published in 1936. In this book, there are more Mysteries in cellars: at the Chinese laundry in downtown Farringdon and on Upper Grove Street, where “scrub women and worse” live. Both
involve Dora Scott, her little sister, Carol, and their missing father.

A tour (visiting various book sites) is planned for Saturday, and will leave from The Westgate Inn at 9:00 A.M. (sign-up available on Friday evening) and will conclude back in Coudersport approximately 4:00 PM.

Sites to be visited include: Farringdon Pett Mansion, Parker Tomb, Sizerville Cemetery, Grandma Andrew’s, Austin School, Austin Dam, Margaret’s childhood home and her Aunt Glady’s home, as well as the Inez Cemetery (Margaret’s final resting place). Again, the group will get together for dinner in the evening followed by a program.

Persons interested in further information may contact Peg Rotello at 814-647-8441.

The Judy Bolton books, written by Margaret Sutton, were a popular girls mystery series. The first 4 volumes were published in 1932 by Grosset and Dunlap. The series continued until 1967 and consisted of 38 volumes. Each book was "based on something that actually happened" and many were also based on real life sites. More than 4 million copies were sold and the books are still popular among collectors such as the Phantom Friends. Fortunately, some volumes of the Judy Bolton mystery series are being published again by Applewood Books and Aeonian Press. Sadly, Margaret Sutton passed away on June 21, 2001. She was 98 years old.

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