Monday, December 25, 2017

Twas the Night Before Christmas By Nancy Drew

As Told by Nancy...

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the Drew house
Not a creature was stirring, not even Togo or a mouse
The Stockings were hung by the Crowley clock with care
In hopes that St. Nickerson would soon be there

Carson and Hannah were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of mysteries danced in their heads
And Togo in his dog bed and I in my night cap
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew with my flashlight
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash with a fright

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to sinister suspects below
When what to my mystery-loving eyes should appear do you suppose?
But a sinister fellow in ill-fitting clothes!

With a shadowy figure in a getaway car parked at the street
I knew in a moment I must be quick at my feet
More rapid than roadsters I took to the roof
As the dastardly villain was ready to spoof

And he whistled and shouted and called his hidden cronies by name
Now Stumpy, now Gombet, now Semitt and Mason
On Topham! On Shorty! on Felix and Dixon!
To the top of the porch, scale the Drew wall!
Now break in, break in, break in all!

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly
When they meet with an obstacle; mount to the sky
So up to the porch and the back door the villains flew
Unaware of Nancy, Hannah, and Chief McGinnis too

And then in a twinkling they saw on the roof
the heroine and famous sleuth of this little spoof
As the dastardly villains began to turn around
Down the wall scaled Nancy with a bound

She was dressed all in blue from her pumps to her cloche hat
And her clothes were all tailored with the finest of this and that
A bundle of sleuthing tools she had ready to sleuth
She would interrogate them all until they told the truth!

Her eyes how they twinkled, her dimples how merry
Her cheeks were flushed like roses, she sensed she should be wary
Her smart little mouth was on the verge of a retort
But she held herself in check unlike Hannah who was more course and short

The handle of a broom Hannah held tight in her hands
As she waved the bristled end at the sinister robber bands
She put on a stern face and with a quick shout
Chief McGinnis appeared ready to round up thieves running about

McGinnis was chubby and plump--a right jolly old police chief
And Nancy grinned when she saw him then set to off to catch a thief
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
He gave the dastardly villains visions of dread

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work
Filled his police car with villains, then turned with a jerk
Nancy and Hannah appeared with the last of the bunch
Hannah poked and she prodded, the broom sure packed a punch

McGinnis sprang to his car, to his men gave a whistle
And away all the thieves were transported like the down of a thistle
and Nancy and Hannah heard him exclaim ere he drove out of site
Happy Christmas to all and to all a peaceful villain-free night!

The End


Written by Jennifer Fisher,

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Nancy Drew Halloween Party - 2017 Drew-O-Ween

This year's annual Drew-O-Ween Nancy Drew Halloween Party was based on the classic Nancy Drew book The Mystery of the Tolling Bell, where we held our 17th annual Nancy Drew Convention in Maine this past October to celebrate this book. I combined the theme with witches and so we had a bewitching time as many witch silhouettes abounded as did glowing witch hats hanging from the trees! The porch was decorated as if the witches were in the Tolling Bell Cave cooking up something sinister in their cauldron as Nancy silhouetted in the window spied the ghostly cave ghost with his jeweled bell as bats flitted about. Madame was on hand to greet  guests sporting her crystal ball to foretell their spooky futures. Witches, skeletal cats and other night creatures greeted guests as they entered the party to find tricks or treats.


Tolling bell books graced the tables sporting the three different cover art as a mix of palmistry and fortune decor blended in with sinisterly sweet snacks like Reese's PB Cookie Cups, Rick Krispie Treats with cupcake picks made from our Nancy Drew Party Kits, and a PB cream cheese Reese's ball to spread on yummy cookies. The menu included homemade lasagna rolls,  parmesan chicken, salad and cream cheese and olive/beef tortilla pinwheels. Brewing up some fun was Madame's Sleeping Potion Punch.


Witch legs in pumpkins greeted the guests along with goody "bag" Nancy Drew silhouette cauldron's filled with witchy delights like Hocus Pocus socks, witchy notebooks, witches fingers, magnifying glasses and lots of candies. 


I decorated my collection with a few spooky skulls, skeletons and vintage style decor lurking among the shelves of vintage and modern Nancy Drew books.


Guest activities included a crafted black letter N with Halloween and Nancy Drew baubles and then we took Sleuth Dean's Mystery Title Generator and created our own synopses of Nancy Drew mysteries based on our personal titles which was lots of fun and humorous! Clever costumes included Tori and Karen's Nancy Drew outfits from the original Tandy Tolling Bell cover and the Froken Detektiv Norwegian cover. We rounded things out with our Nancy Drew treat container gift exchange which is always sure to delight!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nancy Drew Ghostwriter Harriet Adams's Bird Haven Farm in Martha Stewart Living Oct. 2017

Nancy Drew Sleuths members visited Bird Haven Farm at our 2015 Mini Con #3 - owners Janet an Wayne were very gracious to let us spend the day there in such a beautiful and tranquil haven. Former owner, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams wrote some of her Nancy Drew books at this farm retreat when she wasn't at home or working at the Syndicate offices. The farm and their annual cider party was featured in the October 2017 issue of Martha Stewart Living and one of the captions notes the Adams/Nancy Drew connection - the red barn image below. The ghost of Harriet is said to haunt the property as well, often sensed in her former writing room (shown below). Janet's Orchard Jewelry has reproduced a vintage key from Harriet's time on the property as a pendant and it's quite lovely.


Saturday, September 02, 2017

Nancy Drew Halloween Party Ideas

Nancy Drew-O-Ween Throwback

Every year I host a Sleuth-tacular Nancy Drew Halloween Party - and as I'm gearing up to put on the Nancy Drew Convention in Maine this October, I'm also planning my 9th annual Nancy Drew Halloween Party we affectionately call Drew-O-Ween. This year my theme is The Mystery of the Tolling Bell, book #23 in the classic Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. I'm also combining it with witches for a bewitching fete. Tolling Bell is also the theme for this year's convention. I've been pinning ideas for the party at Pinterest.

I wanted to share some of my favorite images from past Nancy Drew Halloween Parties, perhaps they'll inspire you in your decorating and planning this spooky fall! If you're interested in party planning ideas, click this link for past blogs featuring those. Also there are 3 printable party kits in The Sleuth Shop - a Nancy Drew Mystery Party Kit, a Nancy Drew Halloween Party Kit and a Nancy Drew Trick or Treat Printable Kit to make favors for Trick or Treaters. More goodies to host a party can be found in The Sleuth Shop and at Cafe Press -- everything is officially licensed by Nancy Drew Sleuths. Some of our products in The Sleuth Shop were featured in the October 2017 issue of Country Living Magazine - patches and stickers.

 Nancy Drew Silhouette Pumpkins

 Turning the porch into the attic from Old Attic

 Combining Nancy Drew & Sleepy Hollow into one spooky story!

 One of my favorite window silhouettes - from Hidden Staircase

 Recreating the staircase from Hidden Staircase

Nancy Drew Hidden Staircase Party Scene

 The spooky Witch Tree from Witch Tree Symbol

 Haunting my pictures and the neat silhouette treat bags

Nancy Drew silhouettes for JOL eyes!

 My Nancy Drew/Skeleton Marionette Silhouette

 A fun picture of Vintage Nancy Drew book pages & the silhouette

 Creating this "haunting" Edward Stratemeyer portrait

My decoupage pumpkin with copies of Nancy Drew endpapers

Nancy Flying & Sleuthing

Nancy Drew Velvet Mas-CLUE-Rade Party 

Nancy Drew Clue Suspect Gallery

Nancy Drew Velvet Mas-CLUE-Rade Window Silhouette

Nancy Drew Glowing Eye Party Scene

Neat Nancy Drew Book Cover Photo Booth Prop

Scooby Drew Anyone? Nancy Drew Glowing Eye
Meets Scooby Doo Monsters