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American Girl Caroline wows them in NYC

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Caroline, the American Girl doll with ties to Sackets Harbor, hit the social scene this month in New York City.

She was escorted by a contingent of north country officials representing historical sites associated with Caroline.

Caroline Abbott, launched this fall, is the 13th heroine to join American Girl’s family of historical characters growing up in important times of this country’s past. American Girl describes Caroline as an “independent and adventurous 9-year-old girl whose story is set near Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.”

More than 21 million American Girl dolls have been sold through the company’s catalog, retail stores and website since 1986.

Caroline comes with a storyline: She loves sailing with her father, but when he’s captured, she must help keep the family’s shipyard running. When she sees a chance to rescue her father, Caroline discovers that “she must use her mind and heart to guide her decisions.”

Re-enactors with ties to the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site and Fort La Presentation in Ogdensburg were featured guests Nov. 16 at the Midtown-Manhattan American Girl doll store, 609 Fifth Ave. at 49th Street.

The female re-enactors dressed in 1812-period attire and interacted with more than 100 girls and their families attending an evening dedicated to Caroline.

The re-enactors and representatives from the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council spent more than five hours socializing with families attending the event’s 1812-themed workshops, scavenger hunt and dinner. More than 75 1812-style canvas bags containing tourism brochures and information on the Thousand Islands, Sackets Harbor, Ogdensburg and New York state were distributed.

“We’re fortunate that American Girl is highlighting the War of 1812 with the Caroline doll,” Gary S. DeYoung, council tourism director said in a press release, “Having a few hours to promote Sackets Harbor, Ogdensburg and the Thousand Islands among people with a unique connection — Caroline — to the area was a great opportunity for us to do some promotion in the large New York City market.”

Regional tourism promoters are planning Caroline-related events next summer to coincide with commemorations of the Battle of Sackets Harbor and Battle of Ogdensburg.

Caroline comes with accessories and a six-book series.

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