Devoted fans of a once-popular children’s book series will converge in Potter County over the Oct. 11-13 weekend for the annual Judy Bolton Days. They come from far and wide to celebrate the work of Potter County native Margaret Sutton, who authored a series of detective stories with special appeal to young girls.
Her books about the fictional teenaged sleuth Judy Bolton -- many of them based on Potter County landmarks and historic events -- have captivated readers and book collectors around the world for decades.
Fans of the late author and her book series will be headquartered at Westgate Inn in Coudersport for this 28th annual reunion.
Like the young detective herself, they’ll be fanning on Saturday morning for visits to local sites directly related to the book series. It kicks at the stately former home of Judge Robert Lewis on Mill Street in Coudersport, which was a setting in several of Sutton’s books.
Marge Green and her son Steve will then meet with the group at the Eliot Ness Museum at Main and Second streets, where Marge’s captivating Judy Bolton exhibit is on display. The Greens’ Southwoods Farm Nature Preserve was the setting for two of the Judy Bolton books.
Next, the visitors will tour the Austin Dam Memorial Park, setting for the popular book, “The Vanishing Shadow.”
The group will stop for lunch at Austin Area School, where students several years ago created a Judy Bolton mural. Then comes a tour of the E.O. Austin Historical Museum on the town square in Austin.
That will be followed with a dinner gathering at KayTee’s Family Restaurant in Coudersport, including an overview of this year's featured book, “The Warning on the Window.” Closing out the evening will be presentation of the 2019 Margaret Sutton Writer's Award and a trivia contest.
Those who are interested in attending can sign up and get more details from Lindsay Stroh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Oct. 10
6:30 p.m. - Meet in the Westgate Inn lobby, then enjoy a casual dinner followed by open mic music at Olga's Café in Coudersport.
Friday, October 11
8 a.m. - Breakfast and socializing in the Westgate Inn lobby.
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - The Potter County Historical Society Museum, 308 N. Main St., Coudersport, will have items of interest to Judy Bolton fans on display.
4 p.m. - Meet and greet reception, Potter County Chamber of Commerce 227 N. Main St. Coudersport. Wine and cheese reception honoring the memory of Margaret Sutton and her Judy Bolton books. Buy tickets here for lunch ($5) during the Saturday tour.
6:30 p.m. - Farmer's Delight Dinner at a 19th century historic farmhouse built by Margaret Sutton's grandfather, $14, advance reservation requested by October 9, 2019. Call Ilene Altenheim at 814-274-9798 with your name, phone, and number of people attending. Pay at the door.
8:30-10 p.m. - Join us in the Westgate Inn lobby for socializing and series book sales.
Saturday, October 12
Tour for Judy Bolton fans. Meet in the Westgate lobby at 9 a.m. to carpool.
9 a.m. - The Mansion. The former home of Judge Lewis on Mill Street in Coudersport was the inspiration for the Farringdon-Pett Mansion.
10:15 a.m. - The new Elliot Ness Museum, corner of Main & Second Streets. Be ready for surprise visitors and a special exhibit for Judy Bolton fans!
11:30 a.m. - The Austin Dam Memorial Park. The tragic collapse of this dam inspired the first Judy Bolton mystery, “The Vanishing Shadow.”
12:30 p.m. - Lunch at the Austin School. The mural in the cafeteria shows the sites in Potter County that were featured in the Judy Bolton books.
1:30 p.m. - The E.O. Austin Museum. Learn the town’s history and view items donated by the Sutton family including books, artwork and the patchwork quilt.
Please note: Visits to Dry Brook Hollow and the Holly Potter House is not possible this year.
5:30 p.m. - Dinner at Kaytee’s Family Restaurant, 251 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915. This is a short walk from our motel. A private room is reserved. RSVP to Lindsay by Oct. 11, 321-200-5537.
7 p.m. - Evening activities at Kaytee’s. After dinner, an overview of this year's featured book, The Warning on the Window, and presentation of the Susabella Passengers and Friends 2019 Margaret Sutton Writer's Award. Series book sales continue. The highlight of the evening will be the Annual Judy Bolton Trivia Contest about The Warning on the Window.
Sunday, Oct. 13
Those who are staying at the Westgate Inn can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and a last chance to visit with Judy Bolton fans.