Threw a party a couple of weeks ago to show my appreciation for the wonderful people in my life who have provided much support as I work my way through this crazy book thing. Rose and Paul Stage offered to host in their bed and breakfast — in their beautiful home. The day couldn’t have been more perfect — cool and clear, and the Maple Springs Lake Side Inn was the perfect venue for the gathering. The Inn was our first introduction to Maple Springs, and it remains a fixture in our lives as we share a deep friendship with Rose and Paul and the rest of their family.
We were joined by beloved friends and family, and the whole neighborhood turned up! Paul figured 120 people based on a quick count. Community plays a big part in my book, and community plays a big part in our lives. THIS community, and the people in it, really outdid themselves. I did a brief reading, and a lot of people in the audience were in the story. They waved or hollered out “okey-dokey” when they were mentioned. And they took it like good sports, even when I poked fun at them. Especially Emil, who lost his blue plate. Take a look at the photos — many people from the book are in the pictures.
It was a terrific party. Many people seem to have met new people — sometimes people they wanted to know but hadn’t yet met. People gobbled up the food that Guppy’s provided, and they made a pretty good dent in the beer and wine. Steve Swanson played piano, and Henry Huf, who sings karaoke at the Village Casino on Thursday nights and inspired a chapter in my book sang a little bit. Afterward, he regaled us with mostly dirty jokes and stories. Kathy Cherry, who made the maps in the book, was there with her daughter, Melissa, and friends from my favorite bookstores were there. Sisters, friends from Pittsburgh and Delaware, our favorite cousin, well — you get the picture.
So, again, grateful to everyone, and to the people in this wonderful community who let us in, let me write about them, and are still speaking to me. Enjoy the pictures!
- Book Signing at THE Chautauqua Institution
- Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner Redux