The Markarian sisters Milena, Mia and Mikaya were three of the thirty-two little girls who attended a princess party dressed as their favorite princess. The Princess Tea Party presented by the Keystone State Literacy Association Northeast PA (KSLA Northeast PA) sponsored the very popular event. Twenty-five adults also shared in the fun. The sisters, whose mom teaches kindergarten at the Blue Ridge Elementary School, were excited to attend the tea party on Saturday, April 6th at Stories at the Marketplace at Steamtown, second floor.

The party began with Cinderella, portrayed by Vicky Kluesner dressed in a beautiful blue gown, reading some princess stories. Then Belle, portrayed by Lara Zelinski in a lovely yellow gown, gave the princesses in waiting some princess lessons. This included the curtsey, the wave, how to walk, and using their best manners. Then it was time for lunch which included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut in the shape of a flower, princess punch (aka lemonade), chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and homemade pink and purple crown sugar cookies.

After lunch there was a sing along and, of course dancing. There were six princess baskets which were given away by a ticket drawing. Then Belle passed out tiaras, wands and princess certificates and the children were given a make and take craft to do at home.  The event wrapped up with more time for photos with Cinderella and Belle.

Everyone had a great time proven by the fact that several mothers asked if KSLA Northeast PA was doing it again and if they sponsored something every weekend. Although this was the only princess event, KSLA Northeast PA is sponsoring “Making Books Come to Life” with Little Ree portrayed by Tracy Doherty. She will be at the Abington Community Library on April 17th at 6:30 PM.

The association’s spring brunch is another event which will be held at The University of Scranton Panuska College of Professional Studies on Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 AM. Celebrated children’s author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand will be the guest speaker. He has written and self-illustrated over 70 books for young readers and two of his books, What a Treasure and Kite Day were selected as PA One Books for preschool children.