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Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton Draws Big Crowd At First Book Signing In Area

Hillary Clinton greets the first two families in line at her book signing Saturday at Costco in Brookfield. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Alexandra Prendergast, 19, a Danbury High grad and sophomore at Wesleyan University, waits for her parents, Sandra and Jeff, as they get their books signed by Hillary Clinton. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Cindy Wolfe Boynton Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
A small group of supporters of President Donald Trump hold up signs across from the Costco in Brookfield during the Hillary Clinton book signing. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Tyler and Eric enjoy cookies courtesy of Costco before the book signing. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa

Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton's first book signing in the area was a big hit as a large crowd turned out Saturday as she signed copies of her newly released book, "What Happened" in Brookfield, Conn.

Some arrived Friday night to wait on line to be assured of meeting the former first lady and secretary of state when she arrived around noon.

When Clinton, dressed in a royal blue pantsuit, arrived, she went straight to the families, greeted each one by name and shook their hands.

She handed them copies of her new book, as well as the children's version of book, "It Takes a Village."

They even shared a story of their highlight from their time in line: Late at night, as a Brookfield police officer went by the kids, he asked if they needed anything. They jokingly shouted out, "Starburst!"

The officer returned with a gift of a bag of candy to share. 

It was more than they had hoped for when the showed up with snacks, a toy pirate sheep and plans to spend the night waiting for Clinton.

"It's exciting that this is happening," said Eric Bosco-Schmidt. "We were so shocked by the outcome of the election. We had PTSD."

He said they wanted Clinton, who won the popular vote but lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, to know "we care for her and we support her."

Many people in the line had stories to share of supporting Clinton, voting for her and even working on the presidential campaign. 

Many people in the line had stories to share of supporting Clinton, voting for her and even working on the presidential campaign.

Cindy Wolfe Boynton of Milford, president of the Connecticut chapter of NOW, the National Organization for Women, ran a field office for Clinton in both the primary and general election last year.

"I couldn't be this close and not see her," Wolfe Boynton said. Her father died in July 2016 and working on the campaign "kept me from curling up into a ball and crying. It got me out of bed each day."

Her father was a die-hard Republican, but before he died, he told her that he planned to vote for Clinton – a Democratic vote just that one time.

"I believe in her values and what she stood for in our country," Wolfe Boynton said.

Clinton will be holding a book signing in her hometown of Chappaqua on Saturday, Sept. 23. For more info on the event, click here.

Clinton will also be holding another book signing in the Hudson Valley - on Thursday, Dec. 7 in Rhinebeck. For more info on that signing, click here.

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