Betsy-Tacy Society Newsletter | May 2016
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2016 Deep Valley
Homecoming News

June 24 - 27, 2016

Are you pre-registered?
Deadline is June 5th
June is just around the corner and plans for the Deep Valley Homecoming are in high gear. We have so much fun in store for all ages! Pre-registration is highly recommended in order for us to prepare for your visit. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for the Deep Valley Homecoming. For more information, visit our website. Reserve your hotel room EARLY.
New this year will be a young writer competition, a Betsy-Tacy look alike contest, a special Deep Valley wine label, and Maud Hixson's new CD release, Listening For Your Song. The Deep Valley Book Festival has a new Facebook page - "like" our page and learn more about the authors attending the 2016 festival. 

Links to more information:
Pre-Registration Form
DVH Daily Schedule
Young Artist Competition - share with children ages 5-18
Deep Valley Writing Competition - share with children ages 8-18
Betsy, Tacy & Tib Contest - share with children ages 6-12
Keep checking our website as new information is added.

Listening For Your Song
A musical companion to the Betsy-Tacy books by singer Maud Hixson
This project came to life thanks to a generous number of supporters that pledged through The album contains 20 songs from the Betsy-Tacy books. Join us for the CD release and concert:
Friday, June 24, 2016
Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
6 pm Deep Valley Wine Tasting & Social
7 pm "Listening for Your Song" concert
Tickets available to the public beginning May 1
Deep Valley Homecoming registered guests - tickets included in your registration. 
If you can't attend the concert, but want to order a CD, you can pre-order now and the CD will be mailed on June 24.
The Betsy-Tacy Society is excited to share the news of a partnership with Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery for a new fundraiser. Chankaska is creating two special Deep Valley wine labels with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit the BTS. Deep Valley Red and Deep Valley White wines will be introduced at the opening of the 2016 Deep Valley Homecoming on Friday, June 24. A wine tasting social is included for DVH registered guests. 

Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery sits on a bank of the creek they take their name from in Kasota, MN. This picturesque setting is just a few short miles from Mankato. Chankaska is a native Dakota Indian name meaning forest-enclosed. 
Celebrating Maud Hart Lovelace's 124th Birthday

L-R: Betsy (Bryce), Tacy (Mya), and Tib (Claire) - April 23, 2016 at Tacy's House.
BTS Wish List

The BTS is in need of funds to purchase a small reception table for Tacy's House and a bench for visitors outside of Betsy's house. Please contact us if you can help grant our wish.

Dear Madam and Sir:

This is an email from Germany! Believe it or not, the Betsy-Tacy series has fans in Germany!

Well, let me first introduce ourselves: We are Sophie (12) and her mother Susanne (somewhat older). We lived in the U.S. when Sophie was younger. After our move back to Germany we got introduced to the Mother-Daughter Book Club series and we read all the sequels. And that is how we discovered the Betsy-Tacy series.  Sophie´s older sister Leonie (15) read the whole series by herself when she was younger.  Sophie and I read all the books together, mostly Susanne reading aloud to Sophie, sometimes the other way around. It took us a year or two but recently we have finished and we had a little party.  Sophie baked Betsy-Tacy cupcakes! 

We have enjoyed the series tremendously, for its light and pleasant stories and also for all the insights we gained about the U.S.  For example, American girls had earlier access to higher education than German girls.  I thought the depiction of the Lebanese immigrant community was particularly interesting. Most surprisingly we also learned about Germany.  I have not been aware of the fact how deep the division between the nobility and common people ran with some nobles like Betsy´s Munich friend in the early 1900s, and we had no idea whatsoever about Sonneburg.

In conclusion, the Betsy-Tacy series has been a wonderful enrichment to our lives, and we hope that we will be able to tour Mankato one day. All the best for the work of the Betsy-Tacy society!
Sincerely Yours,
Susanne Schiffler
          In this Issue
Deep Valley Book Festival

June 26, 2016
at Mankato's Historic Sibley Park (Page Park)

2016 Participating Authors & Illustrators
Eileen Beha
Michele Breza
Polly Carlson-Voiles
Gordon Fredericksen
Anne Kerr
Barbara Longley
Patrick Mader
Colin Mustful
Sheryl Peterson
Michel Prince
Julie Schrader
Bryce Stenzel
Faith Sullivan
Barb Svedahl
Connie Claire Szarke
Kristin Van Risseghem

2016 Participating Publishers
Diamanda Publishing
Holy Cow Press
Minnesota Heritage Publishing

2016 Participating Literary Organizations
Betsy-Tacy Society

Keep checking our website or the Deep Valley Book Festival Facebook page as new names are added each week!
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Whether you're planning a visit to Deep Valley or want to learn more about the people and places in the Betsy-Tacy books, this book is a must-read. 
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Thank you all for your generous contributions to the Betsy-Tacy Society!

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The Betsy-Tacy Society will receive .5% of the price of eligible purchases. 

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April - December 2016
Open weekly for tours on Saturdays
1 pm - 4 pm

$5  Adults
$2  Youth 6-16
FREE: BTS members & children five & under

For special tours, please make arrangements
two weeks in advance.

Plan your visit to Deep Valley!

Are you interested in participating in one of our special events? Or maybe you would like to guide tours or help in the gift shop? There are a variety of volunteer options available to fit your area of interest. Please call 507-345-9777 or email us to learn about volunteer opportunities this year.

To promote and to preserve Maud Hart Lovelace's legacy and her work, encourage and support literacy and conserve historic Betsy-Tacy literary landmarks in Mankato.
Betsy-Tacy Society
P.O. Box 94
Mankato, MN 56002-0094



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