Old Benson's landmark
Brownies step up for Old Woman in a Shoe
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent | September 06. 2013 9:34PM
In May, Matt Erickson, owner of Erickson Construction, lent his time and knowledge to members of Hudson Brownie Troop 12360, who restored the interior of the Old Woman in a Shoe at the former Benson's Park. In August, vandals undid all the Brownies' hard work. But they have pledged to build again. (COURTESY)
About a year ago, local troop leader Beth Baker was on a field trip to the Hudson park with the Brownies when the girls lingered at the oversized red boot, racing up the steps and peering into a dusty window.
"We looked inside and saw that it wasn't looking so great in there," Baker recalled. "One of the little girls looked over at me and said, 'Why can't we fix it?'"
This past fall, staff from Erickson Construction helped the 15 Brownies by cutting boards and guiding little hands to mix plaster.
With donated items, the Brownies then furnished the remodeled room, complete with an antique "old woman" doll.
Hudson police continue to investigate the incident, though so far no suspects have been found.
"When I told the Scouts what had happened, they were so, so sad," she added. "At 8 years old, it's hard to understand why someone would want to break in and ruin your hard work."
"They want to fix it again. They said, 'Let's shut the door for good!'" Baker said.
So once again, the young volunteers are drawing up plans to replace the shoe's door and its window, though this time they're not taking any chances.
Baker said any donations of small picture frames, throw rugs or doll-sized furnishings could be used to recreate the interior scene.
For more information, contact Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.