March and St. Patrick’s Day brought the annual supper in the basement of the Catholic Church. Katie and Tacy with shamrocks on their shirt waists, green bows in their hair, waited on the Ray’s. ~ Heaven to Betsy ~
She [Tacy] was a tall girl who wore her auburn hair in coronet braids. There was a peachy bloom on her cheeks; her Irish blue eyes looked both laughing and afraid. Tacy had been shy as a child and she was still diffident with teachers, some parents, most boys. But with Betsy and Tib she bubbled over with fun. ~ Betsy Was a Junior ~
Fun Fact: The Kenney family attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church when they lived in Mankato. The annual tradition of the St. Patrick's Day annual dinner in the basement of the church continues to this day.
The Betsy & Tacy Houses, 332 & 333 Center Street in Mankato, MN. You are invited to Betsy’s Birthday Party! Enjoy party games, house tours, birthday cake and lemonade. Open to the public. All ages welcome.
$2 age 6-16
FREE age 5 and under and BTS members
Maud Hixson Concert & Program Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church,
302 Warren Street in Mankato, MN
To honor the 125th birthday of Maud Hart Lovelace, the Betsy-Tacy Society has partnered with St. John's Episcopal Church in Mankato to present "Listening For Your Song: A Musical Companion to the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace" with Maud Hixson & Rick Carlson and special appearance by Maria Jette. Tickets are $15. Advance tickets encouraged as seating is limited.
Popular vocalist Maud Hixson, accompanied by her husband Rick Carlson on the piano, will perform a selection of songs from her CD, Listening For Your Song: A musical companion to the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. This CD is a collection of songs from the 1890s through WWI that were referred to in Maud Hart Lovelace's series of books about growing up in Mankato at the turn of the century. Hear familiar favorites like "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "In The Good Old Summertime" as well as some lesser-known gems from the era of parlor music.
Fans of the Betsy-Tacy books will recognize St. John’s Episcopal Church from the Betsy-Tacy books.
Characters Julia and Betsy join the Episcopal Church to sing in the choir.
"Bettina," she [Julia] said. "I love the Episcopal Church.
I want to be an Episcopalian."
Quote from Heaven to Betsy
Special guest sopranoMaria Jette will join Hixson in singing Rossini’s “Cat Duet”. Betsy-Tacy fans will recognize the "Cat Duet" as Betsy and Tacy performed it at the school program dressed in cat costumes. Jette will also sing "The Merry Widow Waltz" and several church hymns from the era.
Betsy-Tacy Houses open for the season
April 1st, 2017
1 pm - 4 pm
Come and visit us!