Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Raggedy Ann and Andy host a tea party!

This Saturday’s Raggedy Ann & Andy Tea at the Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indy likely is a sell-out.

The eighth annual tea party/luncheon on 10 February is hosted by the Raggedy Ann and Andy characters, along with special guests Patty Hall (Ann and Andy historian) and Joni Gruelle (granddaughter of Ann and Andy creator Johnny Gruelle).

There are a couple of reasons Indy can claim Raggedy Ann and Andy for its own. Their creator, cartoonist Johnny Gruelle, was an illustrator for The Indianapolis Star and several other local rags early in his career. And, legend has it, two works by beloved poet James Whitcomb Riley were mined for their names – “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphant Annie”.

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