MICHIGAN CITY | Barker Mansion will host its annual American Girl doll tea party at 2 p.m. April 20. Barker Mansion was the childhood home of Catherine Barker, a Michigan City heir and philanthropist who gave her home to Michigan City for use as a cultural center and museum.
This year’s featured doll is Molly, a lively patriotic girl growing up during World War II. The war has brought many changes to Molly’s life as her father is overseas in the Army and her mother starts working in an airplane factory. Molly learns the war means sacrifice, self-reliance, cooperation and holding onto hope. A full-sized Molly will be featured dressed in her school pageant Miss Victory costume. Girls are invited to bring their American Girl doll or their favorite doll to this event.
The afternoon’s program begins with a brief tea party etiquette lesson, followed by typical World War II refreshments of sugar free apple tarts, thumbprint cookies, s’mores, cupcakes, hot tea and lemonade served in Barker Mansion’s Drawing Room. There will be chairs at the tables for each girl’s doll. A fun craft, favors and viewing of the movie, “Molly” complete the afternoon. American Girl books and American Girl play scenes will be for sale.
The cost is $8 for girls age 5 and older and $12 for adults. A minimum of one adult attending per two children is required. Prepaid reservations are necessary, as seating is limited. For more information, call (219) 873-1520. Barker Mansion is at 631 Washington Street, one block east of Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall.