It was a weekend for enjoying fall colors in much of Wisconsin, and especially in Door County. The dark blue waters of Green Bay contrasted with the array of color—reds, yellows, subtle browns and greens. Glorious.
Ruth and I were in Door County for my annual life story-writing workshop held at The Clearing near Ellison Bay. Thirty-five of us gathered to learn about how to write our personal stories. I’ve taught this workshop for 25 years and I’m still learning, probably as much or more than the students in the workshop.
What a wonderful collection of students who came from near and far—several from the Chicago area. There was an engineer, a former Coast Guard member, a pastor, several educators. former and present, and a goodly representation of current and former farmers. They drew pictures, wrote stories, and shared what they wrote. They laughed and cried and got to meet some new friends.
And perhaps most importantly, they came to realize that their stories were special and worthy of capturing on paper and sharing with family and friends, and that they were writing history.
The Clearing also has a wonderful collection of my books for sale in their gift shop at the Jensen Center. Stop by for a look.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: When we forget our histories, we forget who we are.
October 23, 11-12:00 a.m. Wisconsin Historical Society Museum (on the square). Whispers and Shadows. Wisconsin Book Festival. (Note time change.)
October 23, 3:30 p.m. Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium (On UW Campus) Wisconsin Agriculture: A History. Wisconsin Book Festival.
October 25, 2:00 p.m. Schlitz Nature Center, Milwaukee with Boswell Books. Whispers and Shadows.
October 29, Brown County Library. Premier of TV Documentary,” The Land With Jerry Apps. “ Book signing, Whispers and Shadows.
November 1, 2:00 p.m. Gard Theater, Spring Green. Ag History and Wisconsin Place Names (a Robert Gard book).
November 5, 7:00 p.m. Baraboo Library, Whispers and Shadows.
November 7, Edgerton Book Festival, The Land (TV documentary) and Whispers and Shadows
November 10, 6:00 p.m. Wausau Public Library, Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
November 12, 7:00 p.m. Bellville High School Auditorium with Bellville Public Library. Wisconsin Agriculture: A History
November 14, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Sheboygan County Historical Research Center. Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
November 15, 9:15 Midvale Lutheran Church, The Land (TV documentary) plus discussion of Whispers and Shadows.
November 17, 7:00 p.m. Hotel Red (1501 Monroe Street- corner of Regent and Monroe, Madison.) “Wisconsin Agriculture: A History, a discussion with Doug Moe. Sponsored by Mystery to me Bookstore. Book signing to follow.
November 18, Preview of TV Documentary, “The Land With Jerry Apps” Wild Rose High School Auditorium. Whispers and Shadows book signing. (Time to be announced)
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 signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs, Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps a Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books 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). Also available is Jerry’s new novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County as well as Whispers and Shadows and his newest nonfiction book, Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street