Saturday afternoon, I read from my new memoir Sometimes I See You at the Druids Hall at the Plantation Farm Camp. It’s a wonderful setting and thanks to the generosity of the owners of Plantation, David and Suzanne Brown, it occasionally serves as a showcase for local writers. Built originally as a meeting place for members of the Ancient Order of Druids, it first morphed into a dance hall, then a library and craft center for the Camp, a storage building, and now a wonderfully restored museum of local memorabilia from the 19th and 20th centuries. When I was thinking about what to read on Saturday, I figured that most of the audience would be local and that many of them had lived in the area since the 1970’s. With that in mind, I chose to read a section from the book that dealt with that time and this place. It worked! There was real enthusiasm for the book and lots of questions. Amazingly, we sold out all the books I’d brought. A friend and fine reader, J Anderson, read a story from my first short story book, Gone to Ground. It required him to take on the persona of a middle aged woman from west Texas who sells paint in a Home Depot near L.A. He did a great job and the audience appreciated him and the story!
I wanted to find a photo of the interior of Druids since we didn’t have a good one from Saturday’s event. I checked the web and low-and-behold, came across this photo, posted by Jacob Bayless. It was taken last year when we performed a readers’ theatre version of my short story, Redwood Radio from my second collection, Fetching Molly. The cast was great and so was the response.