Sunday, February 23, 2014

Talking About Yesterday's Winters

Just back from a showing of “A Farm Winter” at the Gard Theater in Spring Green with a book signing that followed at Arcadia Bookstore.  About one-hundred people at the theater watched the film, then most walked across the street for more stories and lots of questions. 

“Tell me about those big Diesel snowplows that took all night to plow a mile of concrete hard snow.”

            “I want to hear the rutabaga story when you grew all those rutabagas and they spoiled in your cellar.”

            “Say something more about the importance of neighbors and the value of community when you were a kid.”

            Retired farmers, present day farmers, city folk, small town people—all gathered on a sunny, but chilly winter day to talk about winter during the old days, not necessarily the good old days, but the old days. A time when there was no indoor plumbing, houses were heated with wood stoves and the laundry was hung out to freeze dry on wire clothes lines strung out behind the house.  A time on cold winter nights when the family gathered around the wood stove and read books and played games and kids did their homework with the dim light of a kerosene lamp.  Lots of stories, many memories.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Stories are a connecting link between people and across generations.


March 5-March 25, Writing retreat, Indian Shores, Florida.

April 5, 7:30 p.m. Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton.  WPT Farm Story, discussion and book signing.

April 7, 7:00 p.m., Kiel Library.  Garden Wisdom presentation and book signing.

April 8, Heritage Hill Historic Center, Green Bay.  Details to be announced.

April 10, 6:30 p.m. Sun Prairie Library, Limping Through Life.

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fund raiser for them):

The library now has available both of Jerry’s DVDs, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps a Farm Story.

Also available are several of Jerry’s book including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story.

Contact them for prices and special package deals.

Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division St.
Wild Rose, WI  54984

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