GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: A.P.P.L.E. students treated to limo ride, dinner [with gallery]

Published 1:36 am Wednesday, December 12, 2018

With extra tables set up and set with Christmas finery in the grand  central hallway of her South Three Notch Street home, Harriet Hubbard waited for the arrival of a limousine.

When it arrived at the side entrance, little girls poured out of it,  racing to the party that awaited them indoors.

“We’ve been talking a lot about manners,” Hubbard, who works with the third through sixth-grade girls at the A.P.P.L.E. after school program said. “We’ve talked about the way we eat everyday – which is everywhere – is not how you always eat. Sometimes you might eat some place that is really fancy.”

She’s been reviewing manners with them, the proper use of silverware, how to serve and pass food at the table, and how to not react if there is something on the plate they don’t like.

“You can pass it, or not put it on the plate, but you don’t comment,” she said.

The girls also have been studying women who overcame odds to do great things, including Coco Chanel, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

And on Tuesday, the young ladies left the after-school program in a limousine that delivered them to the Hubbards’ door. Many changed into party clothes before taking the ride across town.

“It was really fun,” Britton Bennett said. “It made me feel luxurious and important.”

Zoey Robertson said the limousine was outfitted with beautiful lights that made the ride special.

Dryden Wilkerson said it was her first chance to ride in a limousine, which she described as colorful and stylish, and said she was looking forward to a fun night with friends.

For dinner, the girls had lemon pepper chicken, glazed baby carrots, green beans, spiced rice, iced tea, and tiramisu. Mrs. Hubbard and her husband, Steve, previously had opened their home for the Luncheon Pilot Club’s annual Tour of Homes.