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Mad Hatter meets St. Patrick's Day

Mad Hatter meets St. Patrick's Day


YOUNTVILLE — It was a very special day at the Napa Valley Museum on Saturday. It was the museum’s Free Family Fun Day, but it was also when Charlie Fisher’s grandfather came to visit.

His grandfather, Bob Jordan, came all the way from New York to visit his family and, although the weather may have been better on the East Coast, grandpa was happy to be in Napa – especially because Charlie was turning 4 years old on Monday.

Charlie was accompanied by not only his grandfather but by his dad, too.

“This seems like a great activity for kids to have,” Robert Fisher, Charlie’s dad, said.

“Especially on a rainy day,” added grandpa.

The men were celebrating Charlie’s birthday and talking about St. Patrick’s Day. Charlie was decked out in a green shirt, green shoes and a handmade, green paper top hat.

Izabella Johnstone, 7, Nicholas Boyd, 7, and Anna Boyd, 5, were also thinking about St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to top hats, the children made what they called “leprechaun traps.”

The paper container was open at the top and had shiny, gold buttons glued inside to attract the leprechauns. As the leprechaun tries to get the gold, Izabella explained, his foot will become trapped in a loop she planted for him. Later she was planning on adding a small glass of water and some Lucky Charms to the trap in case the leprechaun gets hungry or thirsty, she said.

“I’m just going to look at him … take notes and take pictures,” she said. Afterward, she’ll free the leprechaun.

The kids got creative, but that’s the point, said Lizz Campos, collections manager at the Napa Valley Museum.

“They can do whatever they want. The whole point is to be creative and to have kids make something that they’re proud of,” Campos said.

The theme of this Free Family Fun Day was “The Mad Hatter.” Campos said that the theme was chosen for March to celebrate the 151st anniversary of the penning of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” as well as the characters, the March Hare and the Mad Hatter.

In addition to spending quality time with their kids and other community members, parents also have the opportunity to check out museum exhibits for free during the Free Family Fun Days.

These family days occur the second Saturday of every month at 2 p.m. For information, go to

The museum is located at 55 Presidents Circle, next to the Veterans Home of California, in Yountville.

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Maria Sestito is the former Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She now writes for the Register as a freelancer.

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