By MIKE CHAIKEN
Children will be able to rub elbows with royalty this weekend… and help Southington Community Service and the Junior Miss Southington Organization Scholarship Fund at the same time.
The second annual Princess Meet and Greet will be held Sunday, March 23 at the Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Southington. At the event, there will be free face painting, balloon sculptures, nail polishing, hair creations, glitter tattoos, DJ, refreshments, a raffle… and plenty of fairy tale princesses to meet and to be photographed with.
Megan Vigue was among the numerous princesses on hand at last year’s gathering of fairy tale royalty. She returns this year.
The Southington resident explained, “Doing the event last year was a really rewarding experience. The reactions of the girls was a mix of disbelief and amazement. They were so excited to see all of there favorite princesses in real life. Some girls came right up and hugged us, while others hung back with their moms just watched. Every girl enjoyed the event in her own way.”
And with so many young girls vying for the attention of their favorite princesses, there are bound to be some adorable memories for the participants.
Megan said, “One of the ‘too cute’ moments, I specifically remember was this little girl coming up to me, pulling me aside, and asking me about Prince Charming. She asked where he was, and if he was sad that he couldn’t be here to meet everyone. I thought it was precious how this little girl could get past the glamour and awe of the princesses and gowns to think about the feelings of Prince Charming.”
As a “princess,” Megan was asked why she thought little girls were drawn to women with crowns on their heads. “I think little girls like princesses because they give them someone to look up to. In the movies, princesses always have a struggle to overcome. And they always come out in the end looking beautiful and constantly doing what is right. This goodness and beauty, both inside and out, makes princesses really good role models amidst everything else going on in popular culture today.”
Megan explained she was one of those little girls who admired princesses.
“When I was younger, I loved princesses because they were friends with animals and had beautiful dresses.”
“These may seem random,” said Megan, “but I think a lot of young girls can connect to loving animals. It’s a sympathetic, appealing character trait that is good for girls to learn.”
“And of course,” Megan said, “the beautiful dresses are just completely enchanting. I’m still in awe of all of their ball gowns, and I still get excited when I get to wear one.”
Asked how she felt about being a princess for a day at the Princess Meet and Greet, Megan said, “Being so elegant and embodying such a famous image is a really great feeling. Normally, I am really clumsy and love to wear running clothes for a good chunk of the day. But when I am a princess, I feel like I get to be somebody totally different. I like to think that all the (fairy tale) princesses were secretly as clumsy as me until they put on the ball gowns.”
There are numerous examples of princesses, each with their own personalities. But if Megan were to be transformed into a princess character, she said, “She would definitely have to be a runner who loves cats. She would also enjoy being outside, reading, and being kind to others. For dressing up, I would have a pink and teal dress—specific, I know. But I would undoubtedly still stumble while wearing heels.. even a princess version of me would not be able to master those shoes.”
“Just because dressing up like Cinderella is my favorite, I’d call myself Ella. Short, sweet, and casual. but I can still be dressed up if needed,” Megan continued
As for parents should come out to the event at the Aqua Turf this Sunday, Megan said, “This event is a really amazing experience for girls of all ages. Last year, the girls loved seeing all their famous princesses come to life. The smiles and glow of their faces all day was just really touching.”
“Every girl needs to feel like a princess for at least one day,” said Megan. “I feel like it helps self-esteem to be dressed up and complimented by all the princesses who these girls perceive as role models. I encourage parents to bring their children to this event, because seeing the look on their faces when finally meeting the princesses will be worth every minute.”
The second annual Princess Meet and Greet will be held Sunday, March 23 at the Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Southington. Admission will be $15 per person.
For more information, contact JoAnne Salerno at PutInOnTheRitz@aol.com or (860) 620-3221.
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By MIKE CHAIKEN