Foul weather and poor road conditions did not stop me from presenting my RUM RUN program to Sandusky
Harbor Yacht Club's annual Rendezvous held at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron on January 13. It was a great turnout despite poor weather that picked that weekend event to snow, blow and ice. Obviously, anyone who can navigate on Lake Erie's fickle waters can handle her ornery winter weather!
Thank you to Harvey for contacting me and setting up my program. He did a wonderful job of putting together a fun and memorable event with Prohibition as its theme. Thank you also to the club member from Columbus who help me set up. For those who attended, said wonderful things about my book and had me sign copies, I deeply appreciate it. You are a grea...
It was wonderful to meet the members of the Firelands Historical Society who invited me to speak about my book and Lake Erie/area during Prohibition. I created a new PowerPoint presentation to try out on them and I think it went well although I left out some fascinating information on Lake Erie rum runners they would have found interesting. Thank you, Mary for inviting me and coordinating the program, and thank you Firelands Historical Society.
I attended a wonderful and very educational event put on by the Brownhelm Historical Association about the everyday life of a Civil War soldier. This was not a reenactment but a program where visitors could stop at stations and attend talks about uniforms, drills, weapons, music, medicine, food and women's roles and activities during the Civil War. Participants were dressed in authentic clothing.
Civil War musician, Tim Krugman was kind enough to play some fiddle tunes my Civil War relative most likely played on his fiddle. I also got to taste food cooked over a campfire like the soldiers would have prepared and ate, and got to try a popular dessert made by women of that era- seed cake. It was good! A big surprise was meeting a reenactor whose great-great grand...
What a beautiful day for the Lyman Boat Owners Association's All Classic Show at Huron's Boat Basin.
Beautiful breeze, temps and view of the boats added to the enjoyment. Thank you to all who stopped by my booth to chat or get a signed copy of my book, RUM RUN. I enjoyed meeting all of you. Big thanks to all who told me how much they enjoyed reading my book and for spreading the word about it. Another great show put together by coordinator, Heidi (pictured with me in second photo) and the LBOA. What a way to spend a work day!
It's been a busy week. I was speaker for our history program at my local library, and then guest speaker for Case Western Reserve University's Shipwreck Camp. The camp teaches students 12-15 about Lake Erie wrecks and lake environment. They read, scuba dive, research and build underwater cameras and research equipment. The last day, they give presentations on Lake Erie shipwrecks they studied and the cameras, etc. they constructed. It is an awesome opportunity with staff members coming from as far as California to participate and instruct. I am very impressed with the dedication of the staff and the brilliance of the students. As part of the closing day "ceremony," I give a talk on my book and personal connection to a Lake Erie wreck. It is an honor to partici...
I was privileged to participate as guest speaker for two groups these past weeks.
In May, I was invited to speak about my book, RUM RUN and local Prohibition history at Columbia Historical Society's meeting. What a great audience with wonderful stories to share. Thank you, Pat, President Nemeth and Society for the invitation to speak and share my book's story.
June 10, I was guest speaker for the Sally de Forest Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Norwalk. Since my talk was on local Prohibition and my book, one member brought a delicious rum cake and another made yummy rum balls! Again, a wonderful audience and good time. I had lunch with them following the program and meeting and got to know many of them better. Thank...
Thank you, Margaret and Read & Feed Book Club for inviting me to dinner to sit in on your discussion of my book, RUM RUN which was their selection for the April read. I had a good time in great company.
I thought I was taking time off to work on my latest novel but my calendar is beginning to fill with events (which is great). I will be appearing at a couple of shows and fairs as well as being guest speaker for a number of clubs and organizations. Check on my News & Events page for information. I will be updating as I add events. How wonderful it is to have RUM RUN still active! Meanwhile, I am researching and writing my latest novel which is a historical fiction set in the Civil War about a Union soldier and my quest for his recognition.
It has been two years since the release of my first novel, RUM RUN and I want to thank all of you that helped make 2016 another successful year
. To those who purchased it or wrote a review, thank you very much! For those who invited me to speak at programs, book clubs and book fairs, thank you. For those who spread the word and attended my programs, thank you- I truly appreciate it! I am grateful for all who took an interest. To my family, your support is beyond words of gratitude. Thank you, thank you! As this year winds to an end, I want to wish all of you joy and health in 2017. Happy New Year!
The record breaking warm temperature didn't keep the women from attending my book's program at DeLuca's Place in the Park in Lorain on Friday. Fifty-five warm and welcoming women gave me their undivided attention, sat patiently during a problem with my power point and bought lunch for me and my husband (who helps me carry displays and set up). Thank you, Janet V. for inviting me and club members for hosting my program and buying our delicious lunch provided by DeLuca's.