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Look for our new bloggers this month. Debra Sennefelder will blog on 1/15, and Debra Goldstein debuts on 1/22. Please welcome our double Debs to WWK.
Don't miss our January author interviews: 1/10-Lawrence H. Levy, 1/17-Kaye George, 1/24-Janet Bolin, 1/31-Kathy Aarons. And E. B. Davis will interview Shari Randall on Monday 1/29 about the publication of her first novel, Curses, Boiled Again. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
Our January Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 1/6-Becky Clark, Pat Hale, Leslie Karst, Edith Maxwell, Shawn McGuire, C. Perkins, and Sue Star, and 1/13-Polly Iyer. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 1/20, and Kait Carson on 1/27.
Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:
Shari Randall's"Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood'sshort story, will also bepublished. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.
In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.
past week Ohio Chautauqua, an adult education movement, came to Warren, the
county seat near me. They travel around Ohio picking different towns each year.
The Chautauqua movement was founded in 1874 to bring entertainment and culture
to rural America. It was named after the Chautauqua Institution in New York
State. Circuit or tent Chautauqua would
be set up in fields near different towns. Early popular speakers, such as
William Jennings Bryan, highlighted the programs drawing large crowds. After
several days, the Chautauqua would fold up the tents and move on to the next
town. It was in the mid-1920s that it was at its peak popularity and they
appeared in more than 10,000 communities. However, by 1940 they had about
disappeared when radio, movies and television brought entertainment into the
home so Chautauqua was no longer very popular.
in 1998, the Ohio Humanities Council decided to bring back the Chautauqua idea
to Ohio towns. Every other year since then Ohio Chautauqua has presented a new
set of actor/scholars in a different theme: American humorists, the Civil War,
the Roaring Twenties and World War II, etc. This year the theme was
Journeys. In addition to the Ohio Humanities
Council, the local sponsorships in our community are The Tribune Chronicle, the
Trumbull County Library, the Trumbull Tourism Bureau and Trumbull 100. They
help finance this production that is completely free for participants.
Warren, Ohio has such a fantastic turnout every year it comes here, we are one
of the only towns, not sure if there are any other towns with this distinction,
who can count on having them come to our town every other year with a new set
of historians portraying someone from history.
try to go to at least two or three of the evening presentations, but due to a
vacation two years ago I wasn’t able to attend. This year I made sure I’d be
home when Ohio Chautauqua came. Before Warren got on their regular schedule, I
traveled to several other towns to attend at least one or two Chautauqua
events. One thing I haven’t done yet, but plan to do the next time they come,
is to attend the daily workshops put on by the different historians. There’s
one for children and one for adults.
missed the first night with the historian Hank Fincken portraying J.C. Bruff,
an adventurer and 1849er seeking gold. Even though it poured that night before,
during and after the program, the tent with filled with at least five hundred
people according to the woman from the Ohio Chautauqua who did the
introductions. I did go the next night, Wednesday, to hear Dianne Moran, the
historian who portrayed Olive Anne Oatman.
Hal Walker and his volunteer I Have A Hammer chorus
presentations are preceded by musical entertainment for about forty minutes. That
night Hal Walker, a folk singer/songwriter I’ve seen at the Kent State Folk
Festival, played guitar and a few other instruments and sang. He also coaxed
older men from the audience to join him in the “I Have a Hammer” chorus. It was
a while before one brave man took that first step forward and then more and
more followed him up on stage where they joined Hal Walker in this tribute song
to Pete Seeger.
After a short break, Dianne Moran came on
stage dressed in black dress of the 1850s with a black veil over her head to
hide her face and the Indian tattoos on her chin. Olive Anne Oatman’s family
was killed by Native Americans on their trip west. Olive and her younger sister
were taken as slaves and treated harshly and fed little food and worked hard that
first year with those Indians. While with them the girls’ chins were tattooed in
five vertical marks, marking them as the tribe’s slaves. A year later another
Indian tribe heard about the girls and offered a horse in trade if they would
let them have the girls. The first tribe agreed, and the Indians who rescued
them took them into their tribe and treated them well and with affection like
beloved daughters, and they soon gained back the weight they’d lost. When Olive
was eventually found by her brother, who had been left for dead, she went back
to the white world where she married and with her husband adopted a child. She
traveled and spoke about her years, but was looked down upon by most white
people because of her years with the Indians. Except for a flat tire I got in
the parking lot, it was a great evening and the two friends who joined me that
Thursday night I skipped one of my book clubs to attend the Henry David Thoreau
presentation. My three sisters, a brother-in-law
and I had been interested in not only Thoreau, but also in Emerson, Alcott and
others in the Transcendental movement and had read their works and biographies
and discussed them and visited their homes in Concord. So I told my two sisters
who lived close enough to drive there, they needed to come. They drove the 30
to 50 miles needed to see Kevin Radaker portray Henry David Thoreau.
The Steven Foster Chorus
program started with The Steven Foster Chorus, a group led by a music professor
from Youngtown State University. The singers, numbering about a dozen, were
aged from one in his forties up to a ninety-two year old member. They are the
oldest still singing Steven Foster barbershop chorus in Ohio. I enjoyed them.
What I didn’t enjoy was the rude people at a table set up nearby selling
T-shirts and passing out brochures, etc. who talked through the whole
performance. I was quite tempted to put on my teacher scowl and stomp back
there to tell them they were rude.
wasn’t sure how many in an audience of well over five-hundred people knew much
about Thoreau, and he didn’t have any exciting tales to tell since he was a
philosopher and not an adventurer. However, he captured the audience’s
attention as well as that of my sisters and I putting on a great performance. There
were a lot of questions and answers afterwards. My sister pointed out to me
when it was over, and I agreed that he was wrong when someone asked him about
his religion; Radaker said he was a Christian who lived by the Bible. His
philosophy and indeed that of the Transcendentalists is a bit hard to explain
and has more to do with we’re all part of nature and connected. She felt that
he said that because he didn’t want to turn some Christians against Henry David
enjoyed the presentations and wished I could have gone to the next two; a
survivor of the Titanic and Martin Luther King Jr., but I had other places to
go the last two nights. One important thing I got from the Thoreau talk,
though, was we are all a part of nature which means all plants are equal,
right? So I’m not going to worry so much about the weeds taking over my gardens
and just call them all “Henry David Thoreau Gardens.”
you ever gone to hear a historian portraying some famous person?