Girl Scout Picnic Edit
Every year in Bénouville, a woman named Mrs. Haverty would invite the local Girl Scout group to have an annual picnic event on the Magnolia Hall grounds. This was Rory's primary reason for joining the Girl Scouts in her youth. It was a large celebratory event, and the mysterious Magnolia Hall was "uncharted territory" for the children.
Rory's Interior Adventure Edit
When Rory was a child, she was a member of the local Girl Scout group (alongside Jenny Savile, Melissa Murphy, Erin, and others). Mrs. Haverty herself was apparently a Girl Scout in her youth and would support their activities. She allowed the Girl Scouts to have an annual picnic event on the grounds of Magnolia Hall. This was a major Summer event, and Mrs. Haverty would arrange a jumping castle, a Slip 'n' Slide, porta-potties, barbeques, ice creams, and coolers for a selection of soft drinks. The Girl Scouts would all contribute to creating a banner filled with thankful messages in gratitude. However, Mrs. Haverty rarely left the building and no-one was allowed inside, so none of the girls ever saw her come out to collect it. Rory cites this annual picnic as her reason for wanting to join the Girl Scouts.
In the year when Rory was approximately ten years old, it was a particularly hot Summer and the local porta-potty hire company had a strike. Lest the picnic be cancelled, Mrs. Haverty told the Girl Scout leader Mrs. Fletcher that the girls could use her downstairs bathroom instead. This was the first time Mrs. Haverty had given anyone permission to enter Magnolia Hall, and Rory desperately wanted to be the first to have the privilege. By forcing herself to drink all of her water at once, Rory was the first to be allowed access to the inside of Magnolia Hall.
It was a historical building, and had not been fitted with an air-conditioner so the interior was sweltering. Old family portraits lined the hallway walls, with a marble-topped table and an archive of old newspapers. While there, Rory took the opportunity to peep through open doorways in adjacent rooms (however, she supposedly drew the line at opening closed doors). Rory found and passed by the downstairs bathroom beneath an alcove. In one of the building's large front sitting rooms, Rory came across a big golden retriever and began to pet it. Mrs. Haverty appeared and had to explain to Rory that the dog had died and been stuffed.