April 29, 2012
The Hewitt School, Manhattan
From the moment I walked into that beautiful front foyer, it felt like home. My photo popped up on the screen with a welcome message, Justine appeared, then Amy and it really was catching up with old friends. I met the two Grade 4 girls who were going to introduce me – they were so sweet.
We took a few minutes to get organized and then headed upstairs to the library – my favourite room in the school. The Grade 4 girls were all there waiting and made me feel a little like a rockstar! The girls were very excited and I was thrilled to be talking to them and sharing my journey as a writer and some more about Alice-Miranda.
I was interviewed for the school media program Hawks TV by two of the girls and then headed downstairs to have lunch with a group of Grade 6 girls who I had blogged with last year and who had helped me a lot with things I wanted to know about New York. I was writing Alice-Miranda In New York at the time and Hewitt provided much inspiration for the school Alice-Miranda attends while she’s there with her parents for a short time. Her school is called Mrs Kimmel’s School for Girls and it’s on East 75thstreet. They also have a school dog at Mrs Kimmel’s called Maisie!
I then had time to talk to the faculty over yet more delicious food. It was great to meet the teachers and have an opportunity to chat.
After lunch we moved to the gym and I talked to the Grade 5 and 6 girls. They were attentive, asked good questions and totally indulged my love of talking!
When we left the school, we headed over to the Carlyle Hotel, where Ludwig Bemelemens, the creator of Madeline painted the entire bar. I had to see it for myself, particularly as I used it as a location for Alice-Miranda’s father to have a mysterious meeting in her New York story. It’s gorgeous. While we were there we met two girls, one of whom was Australian. They are both private chefs on the Upper East side – modicums of discretion but I imagine both of them have some amazing stories – that they will never tell!