Last Saturday I attended Waupaca’s Arts on the Square, and what a fine event it was. There was music, dance, and paintings; woodcarving, blacksmithing and quilting demonstrations, poetry readings and lots of food.
Colorful tents on either side and in back of the public library in downtown Waupaca sheltered people from the predicted rain, which never came, but hundreds of people did. I was privileged to be one of the presenters. I talked about storytelling, how to do it, and why it was important for everyone to write their stories.
On a table just beyond where I was talking, poet Paul Wiegel conducted a hands-on workshop with manual typewriters. Paul collects these now antique machines and invited the young people in the audience to try typing on one. He provided the paper.
In an age of computers, smart phones and other electronic devices, typing on a manual typewriter (no electricity or batteries required) proved more than a little challenging for some of these young people. A beginning problem—how do you put paper in the machine?
One of the featured typewriters was an upright L.C. Smith. It was big brute of a machine that I remember fondly from my days of taking a typewriting class at Wild Rose High School many years ago. Except for me, the class was all girls, who had long, slender fingers compared to my short, stubby ones. But I soon discovered that I had an advantage over the girls in the class. I was milking cows by hand in those days, and had strong fingers, a considerable asset when typing on a manual typewriter. I came to really like typing, and as my readers know, I’ve never gotten over it.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: You never know what you’ll learn at an art fair.
Workshop: Writing From Your Life: Offered at The Clearing, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 28. Call 920-854-4088 to learn more and to register.
August 22, 7:00 p.m., Twin Cities Public TV. Live appearance. The Land With Jerry Apps
August 29, 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin Public TV. The Land With Jerry Apps
August 30, 7:00 p.m. Milwaukee Public TV. Live appearance. The Land With Jerry Apps
September 8, 7:00 p.m. McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids. Workshop on memoir writing. Participants should have a copy of TELLING YOUR STORY as it will be used in the workshop. Book will be available for sale the evening of the workshop.
September 15, Midwest Master Gardeners, Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells. Dinner Speaker, Whisper and Shadows.
September 18, 1-5, Markesan Heritage Days, Markesan, WI.
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Jerry’s newest books, Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their stories—are also available.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street