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Upcoming Plan-Related Events


"Coco's Diary"--a Revue and the Inside Story

We have a very special evening planned on Monday, May 21 at 7 pm and here’s how it started.  As Peg Meier, retired award-winning Star Tribune reporter and writer, explains, “For fun, I sift through archives of the Minnesota Historical Society.  Some days, nothing golden shows up.  Other days, bonanza!  One of my best finds was the 1927 diary of a St. Paul girl.  Her name was Coco Irvine, and she turned 13 that January.  Her one-year diary made it clear she was smart, funny, adventurous and prone to getting into trouble.  Lots of trouble.”

Coco grew up in what is now the Governor’s Mansion on Summit Avenue (which her family later donated to the state of Minnesota) and was a 1932 alumna of the nearby Summit School—the scene of many of her pranks and scrapes.  Peg’s book “Through No Fault of My Own:  A Girl’s Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age” was subsequently adapted for the stage as “Coco’s Diary” by the History Theatre—and was a huge hit with all age groups during its two sold-out runs.

Please join us at the St. Paul Academy and Summit School Sarah Converse Auditorium as the talented actors from the History Theatre’s “Coco’s Diary” bring Coco and her family back to the neighborhood for a fun and entertaining revue, performing excerpts with music and stories from the play—along with Anya Kremenetsky, History Theatre Artistic Associate and Peg Meier, who will share stories about Coco, her life and the times as she grew up.  We’ll also have a book-signing by Peg after the show, and Jazz Age refreshments--such as Prohibition Punch, courtesy of 1st Grand Avenue Liquors, and popular 1920s-era desserts--as well!

Tickets for this fundraiser for the Summit Hill Association’s Neighborhood Comprehensive Plan are $35 each and fully tax-deductible.  Just click on the link below to register and pay using PayPal or credit/debit card.  Once you register, please stay on that page, which will take you to the payment link.