Princess Party is a 'nice mother-and-daughter day'

September 08, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Presley Hays, 2, of Williamsport admires the tiara of Miss Virginia American Junior Teen, Gabby Fernando, Saturday during a party for young princesses at Hagerstown Community College. Mom Samantha Hays stays close.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Girls, glitter and gowns took center stage Saturday at Princess Party 2012 hosted by the Washington County Recreation Department.

Two hundred children donned princess-inspired outfits for the event, which was in its fifth year and held at Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

The recreation department offered snacks, a magic show, dancing, “pixie dust” sand art, an obstacle course, balloons, prizes, and performances from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

The strong attendance each year prompts the recreation department to continue holding princess parties, according to Marsha Moats, the department’s program coordinator.

“With the first one, we just expected everyone to be in glitz and glam, but every single girl showed up in costume,” Moats said.

Andrea Masciocchi from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts said the princess party has become a favorite event for her students.

“Each year, they keep coming back because it’s a different performance than we usually do,” Masciocchi said. “It’s such a great experience ... (because children) have all the activities and you get to meet your favorite princess.”

Area pageants also sent over their recent title-holders to showcase their offerings, Moats said.

Leah Stotelmyer, 7, wore a tiara with an image of Cinderella on it. The Hagerstown girl attends the princess party every year.

Leah enjoys “dressing up and living in a fairytale land,” said Leah’s mother, Katie Stotelmyer.

“It’s fun,” Leah said.

The Stotelmyers ate snacks with Jenny Miller and her 3-year-old daughter, Kimberly.

“It’s fun. It’s a nice mother-and-daughter day,” Jenny Miller said.

Allison Small of Hagerstown concurred when asked about the event.

“It’s a nice, special thing mom and daughter can do,” she said.

Small’s 3-year-old daughter, Abella, danced and had her face painted.

“We took off our crown and went through the obstacle course,” Small said, saying future guests of the event should “take every opportunity to princess out.”

Amy Barnette of Boonsboro said her 3-year-old daughter, Aubrey, gravitates toward “anything pink.”

“She likes the dancing dresses, the jewels and the sparkles,” Barnette said.

Barnette said she would recommend the event to others.

“It’s a lot of fun,” she said.

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