Category: Family

Lucy:  Katie…Katie…Katie, are you there?  Please pick up the phone!  We need to talk…

Katie:  Oh, hello, Lucy.  Yes, I’m here.  I know you’re probably angry because I never called you to go to Antler Ridge to get our signed copies of The Christmas Pumpkin.  But we had a bit of a family tragedy…

Lucy:   Oh, Katie, what on earth happened?  Was one of the kids sick?  Did someone die?

Katie:  Yes…yes…there’s been a death in our family.

Lucy:   Oh, Katie, I’m so sorry.  Who died?

Katie:   Our sweet Ignatz – he passed away sometime after midnight on Friday.  We found him floating on top of the water on Saturday morning. We couldn’t revive him!

Lucy:  So he drowned?  In your pool?  Wait a minute – when did you get a pool?  And who is Ignatz?  I’ve never heard you mention that name before.

Katie:  Ignatz was our pet goldfish; he’s been part of our family for years!  All of us have been very upset.

Lucy:  Hmmm…I see. Well, I’m very sorry for your loss, Katie.  What you need is something positive to focus on, and I’ve got just the thing!

The 3 Storytelling Ladies are appearing at three different places next week!

Katie:   Really?  Three places?  Where?  When?

Lucy:    So on Monday – that’s Columbus Day – they’re going to be at Weaver’s Orchard just off Route 10.  They’ll be signing books and showing the youngsters how to make their own origami pumpkins!

Katie:   That sounds great!  And we could shop for our own pumpkins and get some apples and cider and oh, their apple cider donuts –yum!

Lucy:   That’s right!  But just in case that doesn’t work, they’ll be at the Market at Boyer’s Junction on Saturday (October 14th) morning.

Katie:  Oh, that would work, too!  We could grab some breakfast, get our signed copies of The Christmas Pumpkin, and then head off to the Lehigh Valley Mall for some serious shopping.  I need a costume for Halloween!

Lucy:   Yes, I like that idea, too.  But just in case neither of those locations fit in your schedule, they’ll be at Folino Estate on Sunday (October 15th).

That’s an absolutely lovely winery and they’re having a big autumn festival!  We could sample some of their delicious wines and havelunch in their restaurant.

Katie:  Wow, Lucy!  You’ve really been keeping track of the 3 Storytelling Ladies and their newest book.  May I have a little time to think it over – all of those options sound wonderful.  Since we both need to get several copies of The Christmas Pumpkin couldn’t we try to go to all three?

Lucy:  Ah, you’re sounding better already, Katie.  That’s a positively splendiferous idea!   So I’ll pick you up around 9 on Monday morning.

Katie:  Yes, I will be ready!  Oh, and Lucy, it would be nice if you could come a little early to visit Ignatz’s grave and pay your respects…

Sue, Jen and I all hope to see all of you at one – or all – of these locations:

Weaver’s Orchard
40 Fruit Lane
Morgantown, PA 19543
Monday, October 9th:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. **Postponed due to weather**

The Market at Boyer’s Junction
122 Pricetown Road
Fleetwood, PA 19522
Saturday. October 14th:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Folino Estate
340 Old Route 22
Kutztown, PA 19530
Sunday, October 15th:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and see us and get your signed copies of The Christmas Pumpkin!  Oh, and you don’t need to visit Ignatz’s grave before you set out on your journey!

Jen Sue and Mary Ann

 

In a recent cell phone conversation…

Katie:     Oh, Lucy, I am soooo sorry that we didn’t make it to Moravian Bookshop last Sunday and didn’t get to purchase our copies of The Christmas Pumpkin and get them signed by the Three Storytelling Ladies.

Lucy:      Katie, Katie, Katie…now stop apologizing.  How could you have known that your right rear tire would blow out along Route 22 and leave us stranded.  And actually I have to confess that when I walked around the back of your car, I thought that tire looked a little low, but I was just so excited about getting my hands on that new book that I didn’t want anything to slow us down.  But I just checked mahayeswrites – you know, their website – and guess what!  They’re going to be signing at two new places this weekend, so maybe we can catch them at one of those locations.

Katie:     Really?  Where?  And when?

Lucy:      Well, on Saturday morning from 10 to noon or so they’ll be at Max Crema’s on the Pricetown Road.  It’s that lovely little coffee shop that has all kinds of great coffee drinks – and tea for you – and sweet pastries to nosh on.  And friendly baristas, too!

Katie:     Hmmm…that sounds good.  It could be a great way to start the day and then we could head out to the mall for some shopping and lunch later.  But you said that they’re going to be at two places.  Where else are they signing — just in case Saturday morning doesn’t work with my family’s schedule?

Lucy:      So on Sunday – that’s October 1st already – they’ll be at the Antler Ridge Winery in Mertztown.  From what I hear, Jane at Antler Ridge has been super supportive of the Three Storytelling Ladies.   That’s probably why they have had a signing event for every one of their books at the winery.  They’ll be there from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.  And we could even enjoy a glass of great wine while we wait in line to get our books signed!

Katie:     Wow, Lucy – this is a hard decision.  Both places sound great and they’re both practically in our back yards.  Great coffee or tea and pastries or delicious wine – can I have a little time to think about this?

Lucy:       Sure – when you decide just text me!

Katie:     Will do!  And I’ll drive!

Lucy:      That would be lovely.  Just please check the air pressure in all four of your tires before you pick me up!

We hope we’ll see all of you this weekend!

Saturday, September 30th:

Max Crema’s
Pricetown Road
10 a.m. to noon

Sunday. October 1st:

Antler Ridge Winery
Mertztown
1 to 4 p.m.

Jennifer, Suzanne and Mary Ann

In a recent cell phone conversation…

Katie:     Oh, Lucy, I am soooo sorry that we didn’t make it to Moravian Bookshop last Sunday and didn’t get to purchase our copies of The Christmas Pumpkin and get them signed by the Three Storytelling Ladies.

Lucy:      Katie, Katie, Katie…now stop apologizing.  How could you have known that your right rear tire would blow out along Route 22 and leave us stranded.  And actually I have to confess that when I walked around the back of your car, I thought that tire looked a little low, but I was just so excited about getting my hands on that new book that I didn’t want anything to slow us down.  But I just checked mahayeswrites – you know, their website – and guess what!  They’re going to be signing at two new places this weekend, so maybe we can catch them at one of those locations.

Katie:     Really?  Where?  And when?

Lucy:      Well, on Saturday morning from 10 to noon or so they’ll be at Max Crema’s on the Pricetown Road.  It’s that lovely little coffee shop that has all kinds of great coffee drinks – and tea for you – and sweet pastries to nosh on.  And friendly baristas, too!

Katie:     Hmmm…that sounds good.  It could be a great way to start the day and then we could head out to the mall for some shopping and lunch later.  But you said that they’re going to be at two places.  Where else are they signing — just in case Saturday morning doesn’t work with my family’s schedule?

Lucy:      So on Sunday – that’s October 1st already – they’ll be at the Antler Ridge Winery in Mertztown.  From what I hear, Jane at Antler Ridge has been super supportive of the Three Storytelling Ladies.   That’s probably why they have had a signing event for every one of their books at the winery.  They’ll be there from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.  And we could even enjoy a glass of great wine while we wait in line to get our books signed!

Katie:     Wow, Lucy – this is a hard decision.  Both places sound great and they’re both practically in our back yards.  Great coffee or tea and pastries or delicious wine – can I have a little time to think about this?

Lucy:       Sure – when you decide just text me!

Katie:     Will do!  And I’ll drive!

Lucy:      That would be lovely.  Just please check the air pressure in all four of your tires before you pick me up!

We hope we’ll see all of you this weekend!

Saturday, September 30th:

Max Crema’s
Pricetown Road
10 a.m. to noon

Sunday. October 1st:

Antler Ridge Winery
Mertztown
1 to 4 p.m.

Jennifer, Suzanne and Mary Ann

 

 

In a conversation overheard at a local nail salon:

Lucy:          So, Katie, how about going to the cafe around the corner for some lunch when we’re finished here?

Katie:         Oh, sorry, but I really can’t today.  I’m heading right off to Bethlehem as soon as my nails are dry!

Lucy:          To Bethlehem?  Where are you going in Bethlehem?

Katie:         Why to the Moravian Bookshop of course!

Lucy:         The Moravian Bookshop?  You’re driving all the way to Bethlehem to get a book?  Why don’t you just  go to B & N right down the road?

Katie:         Well, for one thing they don’t have the book I want, and for another the author and her illustrator and the lady who does all the graphics are all going to be there to sign the book from 1 to 3 this afternoon.

Lucy:         Oh…so who is this hotshot author whose signature you want so badly?  Sue Grafton?  Danielle Steele?  Patricia Cornwell?

Katie:        No, no, no — it’s none of them!  It’s Mary Ann Hayes.  You know, the woman who wrote The Easter Chicken!  She’s a local author, and I’ve heard her new book, The Christmas Pumpkin, is just delightful.  I’m getting a book for each of my seven grandchildren!

Lucy:         So it’s a good story?

Katie:         Oh, it’s way more than a good story.  It’s a work of art!  That Suzanne Oswald — that’s the illustrator — has done an amazing job of bringing the story to life with her beautiful illustrations.  And Jennifer Fink — she does the graphics and technical work — she’s so skilled that her work is clearly good art as well!  Yeah, those 3 Storytelling Ladies — that’s what they call themselves — they know how to create great children’s books.  And they’re all going to be there today!

Lucy:         So…could I go with you to the Moravian Book Shop?  Maybe we could grab a little lunch after we get our copies of The Christmas Pumpkin — my treat!

Katie:        That’s a great idea!  My polish is dry, so I’ll drive.  I’ll take your handbag and we can be on our way!

Lucy:         Moravian Book Shop and The Christmas Pumpkin, here we come!

Why don’t all of you come out too?

The Moravian Bookshop

Bethlehem, PA

Sunday, September 24 , 2017

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We can’t wait to greet all of you!

Jen, Suzanne and Mary Ann

In a conversation overheard at a local nail salon:

Lucy:          So, Katie, how about going to the cafe around the corner for some lunch when we’re finished here?

Katie:         Oh, sorry, but I really can’t today.  I’m heading right off to Bethlehem as soon as my nails are dry!

Lucy:          To Bethlehem?  Where are you going in Bethlehem?

Katie:         Why to the Moravian Bookshop of course!

Lucy:         The Moravian Bookshop?  You’re driving all the way to Bethlehem to get a book?  Why don’t you just  go to B & N right down the road?

Katie:         Well, for one thing they don’t have the book I want, and for another the author and her illustrator and the lady who does all the graphics are all going to be there to sign the book from 1 to 3 this afternoon.

Lucy:         Oh…so who is this hotshot author whose signature you want so badly?  Sue Grafton?  Danielle Steele?  Patricia Cornwell?

Katie:        No, no, no — it’s none of them!  It’s Mary Ann Hayes.  You know, the woman who wrote The Easter Chicken!  She’s a local author, and I’ve heard her new book, The Christmas Pumpkin, is just delightful.  I’m getting a book for each of my seven grandchildren!

Lucy:         So it’s a good story?

Katie:         Oh, it’s way more than a good story.  It’s a work of art!  That Suzanne Oswald — that’s the illustrator — has done an amazing job of bringing the story to life with her beautiful illustrations.  And Jennifer Fink — she does the graphics and technical work — she’s so skilled that her work is clearly good art as well!  Yeah, those 3 Storytelling Ladies — that’s what they call themselves — they know how to create great children’s books.  And they’re all going to be there today!

Lucy:         So…could I go with you to the Moravian Book Shop?  Maybe we could grab a little lunch after we get our copies of The Christmas Pumpkin — my treat!

Katie:        That’s a great idea!  My polish is dry, so I’ll drive.  I’ll take your handbag and we can be on our way!

Lucy:         Moravian Book Shop and The Christmas Pumpkin, here we come!

Why don’t all of you come out too?

The Moravian Bookshop

Bethlehem, PA

Sunday, September 24 , 2017

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We can’t wait to greet all of you!

Jen, Suzanne and Mary Ann

Dear Readers,

This is it . . . the moment that we have been waiting for!  Today — Friday, September 1, 2017 — The Christmas Pumpkin has arrived!  We are so excited.  We can hardly wait to share our newest book with all of you.

So here is the first official peek at the cover.  We’re certain that you will fall in love with this adorable little jack o’lantern, and we hope that you will enjoy his story.

We are currently scheduling appearance dates throughout the fall and hopefully right up until Christmas.  A list of the locations where we will be signing/reading will be available on our website.  We look forward to seeing all of you!

Jennifer, Suzanne and Mary Ann