Windsor Public Library hosts 'Alice in Wonderland' tea party

By Cathi Sasportas - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Tue., Jul. 30, 2013
Marcellus, 7, crawls out of the rabbit hole and into the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ tea party at the Windsor Public Library. Photos by Cathi Sasportas.
Marcellus, 7, crawls out of the rabbit hole and into the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ tea party at the Windsor Public Library. Photos by Cathi Sasportas.

Children lined up to go down the rabbit hole at the Windsor Public Library, as they enjoyed a tea party with Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, the Mad Hatter. This special tea party on Tuesday, July 23, was part of the library’s summer reading program.

The event was organized by Bonnie Waterhouse, one of the library aides. "I started thinking about storybook characters, and we wanted to do a tea party, so doing a Mad Hatter tea party came to mind," she said. Waterhouse said the planning for the event took about three months, but she did not mind. "I've done lots of programs here, and I just love planning and doing them,” she said.

The children entered the world of Alice by literally "going down the rabbit hole." A tree was constructed around the door to the meeting room where the tea party was to be held. Each child had to crawl through the small door opening and through a tunnel to enter the party. Parents were thankfully allowed to enter through a separate door. However, one parent and Alice - played by children's librarian Deborah Rowe - ventured through the small opening and tunnel.

Once in the tea party, the White Rabbit - who was played by Waterhouse - told a shortened version of Alice's story and invited everyone to tea. The children had crackers and were asked to answer a riddle before they could partake of a cupcake.

After everyone enjoyed their special treats, it was on to the games. Children had the opportunity to play croquet, walk around on a special cans attached to ropes, play ring toss on a flamingo and have their picture taken as Alice or the Mad Hatter.

Kristin Venturini took her two daughters to the program. "They just cater to the kids," she said of the library programs. "They are always educational and refer back to books. Every chance we get, we try to come to these things."

The children were encouraged to try all the events available to them. After they finished them all, they were given an old-fashioned key on a string to wear as a necklace. The keys were given out by the White Rabbit and were each child's ticket out of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Heather Dinnald brought her 5-year-old daughter, Isabella. She said she enjoyed coming to library events and appreciated that while they are free, they are always well done. "It's always the same people doing the programs, as well, so the kids can get used to them," Dinnald said.

Programs are held at the library throughout the summer as the summer reading program continues. For a list of upcoming events, visit library's website,

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