Posts Tagged ‘Halloween on the Square

26
Oct
09

Halloween on the Square

We put up our display in front of Magadalena’s Cafe on the Square, as arranged. Yes, it was chilly, but not too bad. We sold and signed books, passed out our brochures, enjoyed watching people, and schmoozed with anybody who stopped by. We petted a rat. A real one, but a tame one, not a wild one, and a very pretty rat it was, too.

One couple we met were the Alstotts. They’ve recently bought a building on the square in Corydon, with plans to turn it into an independent bookstore within two years. They want to feature local and regional writers, and we were delighted to swap information with them.

During a break in the festivities, we filled in by reading Joy Kirchgessner’s story “Hungry” from GHOSTS: ON THE SQUARE…AND ELSEWHERE…. When the story was over, the reader asked a young listener if the story scared him. “No,” he said. Then, apparently consumed with honesty, he said, “…Well, a little.” Bwa-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaa!

Our roving photographer took this hideous picture of a clown (what else?) in front of the Tent of Horror. Some people don’t care what they do to innocent children.

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Here is a picture of T Lee Harris in her Renaissance costume, reacting to the news that there was a clown in the vicinity. With apologies to King David: Yea, though we walk through the valley of the Tent of Horror, we will fear no blue-haired clowns, for T is with us. Her whacking big stick, it comforts us.

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We packed up and left before the parade. As usual, a fine time was had by all.

Only one more appearance scheduled for the group this year, as listed on our calendar.

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31
Oct
08

Halloween on the Square

On Saturday, October 25, 2008, the Southern Indiana Writers participated in Corydon, Indiana’s 200th birthday Halloween on the Square celebration. We wrote ghost stories set in and around Corydon, including seven set at landmark locations around the square. On the afternoon of the 25th, Leah Porter led a Ghost Walk to each of the locations, where volunteers read the story for that location. Listeners were invited–nay, encouraged–to finish up outside Cafe on the Square, where SIW members were waiting to sell copies of GHOSTS: ON THE SQUARE–AND ELSEWHERE and other SIW anthologies.

Here is SIW member Joanna Foreman’s report, along with pictures:

The Ghost walk began on time at 4PM with Leah and her staff having already situated themselves at the settings. They had first gone off into the crowd to drum up business ahead-of-time. Leah led the group (writers Joanna, Bonnie, Teddi, Glenda and Ardis in tow, along with quite a few others. I forgot to count. The crowd traveled to each location where the stories were read, and we ended at Star Cleaners. Leah had the readers prepared by giving them hard copies of the stories, and they each had a stool to sit on, and an easel with a nice sign with the story name and the author on it. Trick-or-treat candy was given out after the readings at some of the locations. The woman who narrated Joy’s story was so dramatic, the audience shivered with delight! That lady was a real actress, although in reality she teaches fourth grade.

I set up at Noon with Craig’s help (Thank God for him!) and the guy in Magdalena’s offered the sidewalk if we’d prefer. It was warm then, so we set up there. Then a cloud-cover came, wind began to blow, and everyone else came in around 1:00 with more table and chairs, books, etc…and we had all the books laid out with a good turn-out as far as sales go. We opted not to set up inside due to the good visibility we were having, and lots of people were coming over to our table all the time. We sold probably 10 or 11 Ghost books, and a few re-prints, maybe 3? I’m not sure. The entire thing was a fabulous success as far as I’m concerned. Sounds like we had a successful weekend all the way around. GO US!

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07
Oct
08

Nashville Signing

Five members of Southern Indiana Writers went up to Nashville, Indiana in Brown County to sign and sell books at The Book Loft: Joanna Foreman (driver), Marian Allen, T. Lee Harris, Joy Kirchgessner and Bonnie Abraham. Those who couldn’t attend signed GHOSTS: ON THE SQUARE–AND ELSEWHERE at the meeting before the trip.

One of the churches was having a street festival beginning right next door to The Book Loft. One might hope that this would draw foot traffic into the store, but one would be wrong. Lured by free music, face painting, silent auctions, cheap food, jumble sales and books by the box, people passed us in droves. Joy and Joanna stood outside and shilled, passing out the GORGEOUS brochures that Joanna produced, and we did get some customers. Under the circumstances, we were not displeased, and we had fun, as always. Met a lot of really nice and interesting people, too, which is always a plus for a writer.

Bonnie taught Marian how to make the string figure “The Seagull”, but Marian can’t remember how to do it without Bonnie leading her through it, step by step.

Our next appearance is a split bill: Some of us will be at Corydon’s Halloween on the Square some time on October 24th and T. Lee Harris and Marian Allen will be in Muncie at the mystery convention Magna cum Murder on October 24-26.