March 18, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
The long running, mega popular girl detective book series that has inspired countless women over the decades, including Hillary Clinton and Sandra Day O’Connor, did not take place in a town called Maplewood (though it very well could have.) But Harriet Adams, the daughter of entrepreneur Edward Stratemayer who created the character Nancy, as well as those of other juvenile adventurers such as the Hardy Boys, did happily make her home here for over 60 years. This informal program will shed light on the part Harriet played in the writing and editing of the over 200 Nancy Drew books, the location in Maplewood Village of the secretive Stratemayer Syndicate office and other intriguing facts. Cover art created in the 1980’s and 1990’s by local artist Tricia Zimic for the updated The Nancy Drew Files will also be on view.
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April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM
The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.