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DAR's First Ladies Entertain Students


May 31, 2018

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Portia Odell (Martha Washington) was always the first on stage.

A talented troupe of the Waightstill Avery Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently entertained and educated Transylvania County fourth graders with a historically accurate skit entitled "Ladies First."

Molly Tartt and Kathy Haehnel produced and directed the skit, which presented biographies of five First Ladies. The cast, each with a spoken role, included Portia Odell (Martha Washington), Brenda Monk/Sandy Briggs (Abigail Adams), Ann Sharpsteen (Dolly Madison), Dian Brewton (Elizabeth Monroe) and Vickie Carpenter (Louisa Adams).

The First Ladies were dressed in 18th c...

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