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An event for all Atascadero royal families

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2011

You almost certainly want to have lunch with the Mad Hatter. And who wouldn’t want to watch a real live blacksmith make stuff out of iron? How about participating a Treasure Island treasure hunt? If your sense of adventure isn’t piqued yet, check your pulse.

The Portola Inn’s first Central Coast Children’s Classic is making all that and more possible.

The event will be hosted at Mayor Tom O’Mally’s Portola Inn. O’Mally came to the Friends of the Atascadero Library with the idea of a children’s event months ago, said Friends of the Library committee member Leigh Livick.

“It was originally going to be a Peter Rabbit kind of thing, but that was too limiting, so we expanded it,” Livick said.

The children’s literature-based event will be populated by about 20 storybook characters such as the Red and White Queens, Mad Hatter, Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Fancy Nancy and others.

Included in the cast are the three exchange students who participated in Atascadero High School’s recent play, “The Boy Friend.”

“They wanted to be princesses, and that’s what they are,” Livick said.

The entire cast is made of of volunteers who were invited by event organizers, said Friends of the Atascadero Library committee member Sue Galbreath-Sly.

Galbreath-Sly, who will play Raggedy Ann, was quick to spread credit around. She said all the cast members are friends and family members and friends of friendly family members who were willing to dress up as a classical children’s character to raise money to move the library to the new Capistrano Avenue location.

She also pointed out that the puppet show — there will be a puppet show — is being put on by the Paddock Players. The Paddock Players are based at the Charles Paddock Zoo, and they make their own puppets and adapt stories themselves.

“No one in this area has ever done an event like this,” Livick said.

“I hope a lot of people come,” Galbreath-Sly added. “There’s never been anything like this before, and it would be great for Atascadero if it happened again next year.”

Friends of the Atascadero Libarary committee member Liz Helgerson said the 10-member committee organizing this event has been meeting for about three months, and an enormous amout of work has been put into it.

“Tom is such a supporter and is so interested in doing things for the community ... he has really invested a great deal of his own time into this” Helgerson said.

The Central Coast Children’s Classic — named by Friends of the Atascadero Library fundraising chairwoman Eileen O’Grady, according to Galbreath-Sly — will take place at from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Portola Inn, located at 6650 Portola Road.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. General admission is $10 for children, $15 for adults, and tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Atascadero library or by calling 462-9221.

Tickets for the either of the two Mad Hatter’s tea and Paddock Player puppet show sittings must be purchased in advance. Tea and puppet show tickets include general admission activities, and are $15 for children, $25 for adults. Sittings will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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