Great way to start my day...
Introducing Hidden History, Florida to, well, Florida!
February (multitude of dates): "Mystery at Hotel Ormond" the play to be presented by the Holly Hill Middle School Drama Club. All proceeds go to fund their 8th grade trip to Washington, DC! (If you'd like your students to compare / contrast the novel with the play, email me and we'll make it happen!)
January 23 --Holly Hill School-- Literacy Week chat with middle schoolers
January 24--RJ Longstreet Elementary--Literacy Week chat with young readers and aspiring authors. And Port Orange Elementary!
January 25--Bunnell Elementary School-- Literacy Week chat with young readers and aspiring authors.
January 26--Holly Hill School-- Literacy Week chat with young readers and aspiring authors.
January 27--Longleaf Elementary (Brevard County) --Literacy Week chat with young readers and aspiring authors.
February 21--Cracker Creek with Horizon Elementary (Fly-in Fox Tales)
February 22-- Tomoka Elementary pre-FSA Writing Pep Talk
Ormond Beach Middle School-- Chat with top student authors
February 24-- Pine Trail Elementary-- pre-FSA Writing Pep Talk
February 27-- Osceola Elementary "Sandy's Garden" Walk and garden talk http://thegchc.com/
March 1-- Edgewater Elementary-- pre-FSA Writing Pep Talk
March 2--Tomoka Elementary school visit (Fly-in Fox Tales) and Read across America!
March 7-- (am) Osceola Elementary "Sandy's Garden" Walk and garden talk http://thegchc.com/
(pm) Horizon Elementary Cracker Creek (Fly-in Fox Tales)
March 9-- Cracker Creek with Edgewater Public school (Fly-in Fox Tales)
March 30-- St. Brendan School "Sandy's Garden" Walk and garden talk http://thegchc.com/
April 5 -- Tomoka Elementary Young Authors
April 6-- Cracker Creek with Warner Christian Academy (Fly-in Fox Tales)
April 13-- Cracker Creek with Chisholm Elementary (Fly-in Fox Tales)
April 19-- Mystery Tour with "Great Kids"
April 20-- Mystery Tour with "Great Kids"
April 21-- Cracker Creek with Cypress Creek Elementary
April 24--St. Brendan School (Manatee Moon)
April 24-- Mystery tour with St. Brendan School (The Mystery at Hotel Ormond)
April 27-- Pathways Elementary for pre-FSA-Reading pep talk
May 1-- Cracker Creek with Pine Trail Elementary
May 2--Cracker Creek with Pine Trail Elementary
May 5--Cracker Creek with Longstreet Elementary
May 12-- Osceola Elementary -- Historic Walking tour for The Mystery at Hotel Ormond
May 16-19 Ormond Beach Elementary School "Sandy's Garden" Walks and talks http://thegchc.com/
October 13 -- Cracker Creek with Champion Elementary (Fly-in Fox Tales)
October 19-20 -- Cracker Creek with Timbercrest Elementary (Fly-in Fox Tales)
November 14 -- Cracker Creek with Holly Hill Elementary (Fly-in Fox Tales)
November 16-- AM Cracker Creek with Sweetwater Elementary
PM Hinson Middle School Writers Chat
November 17-- Hinson Middle School (launch Hidden History, FL)
November 20-- Cracker Creek with Indian River Elementary School (Fly-in Fox Tales)
December 4 -- Hinson Middle School (Hidden History, Fl)
December 6 -- Cracker Creek with Pathways Elementary (Fly-in Fox Tales)
What we lack in talent, we make up for with enthusiasm... Decorating my 1920s-themed topiary for the Casements Guild's Christmas Gala at John D. Rockefeller's home!
December 16--Tomoka Elementary-- Historic walking tour for The Mystery at Hotel Ormond
November 21-- Indian River Elementary at Cracker Creek http://members.webs.com/ Fly-in Fox Tales
November 17-- South Daytona Elementary (2) at Cracker Creek http://members.webs.com/ Fly-in Fox Tales
November 16--Belle Terre Elementary --Josh Crews Writing Camp Project kickoff!
November 15-- South Daytona Elementary (1) at Cracker Creek http://members.webs.com/ Fly-in Fox Tales
October 28-29-- Florida Council for the Social Studies Convention
October 21-22 -- Florida Reads Convention
Happy new (school) year to me! Sooo excited to be part of this wonderful program!
(Rescheduled for November 16 due to Hurricane Matthew)
May 20-- Historic Ormond walking tour with Osceola Elementary (The Mystery at Hotel Ormond)
May 19-- Historic Ormond walking tour with Pine Trail Elementary (Group 3)
May 18-- Historic Ormond walking tour with Pine Trail Elementary (Group 2)May 17-- Historic Ormond walking tour with Pine Trail Elementary (Group 1)
May 16-- Cracker Creek with Cypress Creek Elementary (Fly-In Fox Tales)
May 13-- Cracker Creek with Longstreet Elementary
May 11-- Historic Ormond walking tour with Cypress Creek Elementary (Group 2)
May 10 -- Historic Ormond walking tour with Cypress Creek Elementary (Group 1)
May 9-- Cracker Creek with Cypress Creek Elementary
May 5-- Emmons Cottage with OBE
May 4--Emmons Cottage with OBE
May 3-- Tomoka Elementary speaker-- Young Authors
--Cracker Creek with South Daytona Elementary
In case you were wondering, foxes actually CAN climb trees!
(Chapter 12--Fly-in Fox Tales)
April 29-- Manatee Moon visit to Timucua burial mound with St. Brendan school
Mystery tour with Riverbend Academy
April 28-- Cracker Creek with Spruce Creek Elementary (group 2)
Love, love, love my new tote from Scholastic. It has the cover artwork from every single one of their Kids are Authors winning titles (and matches Hank's collar!) I should be thanking THEM for allowing me to be part of that amazing competition over the years!
April 26-- Cracker Creek with Spruce Creek Elementary (group 1)
April 22-- Historic Ormond walking tour with St. Brendan School
April 15-- Emmons Cottage with Osceola Elementary
April 14-- Cracker Creek with Chisholm Elementary
April 13--Emmons Cottage with Osceola Elementary
Who says exercise can't be fun??? I pedaled my bike over the bridge to meet a young reader and her mom who had driven in from South Daytona to see the locations that inspired Manatee Moon. I feel great all over!
April 12--Emmons Cottage with Osceola Elementary
April 11--Emmons Cottage with Osceola Elementary
April 9-- Scholastic, Inc. "Kids are Authors" judging
March 18-- Cracker Creek with Warner Christian Academy
March 17-- Emmons Cottage with St. Brendan Catholic School
March 16--Emmons Cottage with Osceola Elementary
March 7 -- Cracker Creek with South Daytona Elementary
March 3 -- Writing pep-talk at Pathways Elementary
March 2-- Reading with Seuss at Tomoka Elementary
February 12-- Cracker Creek with Edgewater Public School
January 29-- Sweetwater Elementary, Literacy Week presentation
History Con! Saturday, January 23. The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach
I'll be there previewing my latest project, Hidden History, Florida -- a Multimedia Adventure through Florida's History. Teachers and students (with ID) get in free!
From Facebook: FRIDAY FUN IN SCHOOL SHARE: I went on a field trip yesterday with my son and his 2nd grade classmates from Sweetwater Elementary to Cracker Creek, right here in Port Orange. We all learned so much about the area we are lucky enough to call home. The staff at Cracker Creek taught them about the creek critters, we took a ride on the Eco-Pontoon Boat and took an Upland Tram/Tractor Tour...the highlight was meeting the author Marian Strong Tomblin who wrote the book, "Fly-In Fox Tales" that they read as a class. (My son now owns a signed copy.)smile emoticon She explained what it was to be an author and some of the process she went through with writing the book. Ms. Tomblin's book is set in the neighborhood Spruce Creek Fly-In and was originally published by the NIE (Newspapers in Education) division of the Daytona Beach News Journal. She also wrote, "The Mystery at Hotel Ormond"..."Where's Capone's Cash?" and "Manatee Moon"...each selected for community-wide literacy campaigns. I highly recommend this as a must do!
December 4 Chisholm Elementary at Cracker Creek
With the Robinson girls (and a mysterious finger) at the Florida Virtual School picnic. Love 'em!
November 23 Indian River Elementary at Cracker Creek
November 12 Sweetwater Elementary at Cracker Creek
November 5 Sweetwater Elementary at Cracker Creek
June-August in the recording studio working on the audiobook presentation of Hidden History, Florida
May 21 Pathways Elementary historic walking tour
May 7 Riverbend Academy historic walking tour
May 2 Cracker Creek field trip (and picnic!) with Volusia Virtual School
May 1 Cracker Creek field trip with Warner Christian Academy
April 30 Tomoka Elementary historic walking tour
April 11 "Kids are Authors" level four judging--Scholastic, Inc., Lake Mary, Florida
March 31 St. Brendan School historic walking tour
March 19 Spruce Creek Elementary 5th grade classroom visit.
February 19 Cracker Creek field trip with Spruce Creek Elementary
February 18 Cracker Creek field trip with Spruce Creek Elementary
Visiting with young readers from Cypress Creek Elementary at Cracker Creek (Fly-In Fox Tales).
A glimpse from our "Walking Tour" with Tomoka Elementary
Thanks, Mrs. Lorden, for the great action pic!
A beautifully blustery day for a picnic after our Mystery at Hotel Ormond walking tour!
Here's a pic from a recent event Mystery at Hotel Ormond event at Cypress Creek Elementary. Fun! Fun!
So far, so busy :-)
The Casements is so beautiful at Christmas! One of my favorite times to take kids on the "Mystery" tour.
Too many events to list--I am truly blessed!
More of the same wonderful fun!
January 12 Pelican Bay Woman’s Club—speaker
January 17 “Super Saturday” at the Bookstore Café
January 24 Orange City Manatee Festival
January 27 Hinson Middle School—SS Fair judge
January 29 Hinson Middle School—SS Fair presenter
February 5 Port Orange Elementary School—Literacy Night
February 10 Brevard Library Reading Festival—guest speaker
February 14 Christ Presbyterian Church—guest speaker
February 24 Presented “Volunteer of the Year” award by Ormond Beach Historical Society
March 18 Ormond Beach Police Department –guest speaker
March 23 Daughters of the American Revolution—guest speaker
March 29 Tomoka Christian Church—guest speaker
April 4 Scholastic Book Fairs— “Kids are Authors” judge
April 14 Pine Trail Elementary --Young Authors speaker
April 21 Tomoka Elementary—Young Authors speaker
April 29 Esformes Hebrew School—guest speaker
Hurst Elementary—guest speaker
May 4 Ormond Beach Friends of the Library—guest speaker
May 8 Port Orange Elementary—historical walking tour
May 11 Osceola Elementary School—historical walking tour
May 14 Ormond Beach Genealogical Society—guest speaker
May 21 Pine Trail Elementary—school visit
May 22 Discovery Elementary—Young authors speaker
June 3 Osceola Elementary—guest speaker
July 14 Ormond Beach Public Library—guest speaker
August 18 Christian Woman’s Club—guest speaker
August 29 Charlie Carlson’s “Weird Florida” at the Bookstore Café
September 4 Volusia County Principals’ Breakfast—guest speaker
September 4 United Methodist Women—Speaker
September 9 Trolley tour—Tomoka Elementary
September 25 Trolley Tour—Tomoka Elementary
September 27 Delta Kappa Gamma—Speaker
September 30 Good Samaritan ALF—guest speaker
October 14 GE Wives Group—Speaker
October 15 Hunter’s Ridge Woman’s Club—guest speaker
October 16 VC Genealogical Society—Speaker
October 22 Cypress Creek Elementary—School visit
October 29-31 “Mystery at Hotel Ormond” (play) Atlantic High School
November 7 United Methodist Women—Speaker
November 18-20 “Mystery at Hotel Ormond” (play) DeLand High School
December 4 Pine Trail Elementary—Historical walking tour
December 16 Spruce Creek Elementary—School visit
January 11, 2008 Speaker--Ormond Beach Woman's Club
January 15, 17, 22, 24 --School Trolley Tours -- Pathways Elem.
January 16 Speaker, AARP
January 19 Speaker--AAUW
February 15 Speaker--Palmetto Club
March 5 Speaker--Ormond Beach Garden Club
March 15 Speaker --AAUW
March 18 Speaker-- “Historic Churches”—Sterling House
March 25 Class visit—“Manatee Moon”—Pathways Elem.
March 27 School visit—Spruce Creek Elem.
March 28 - April 4 “School’s Out” Camps at The Book Store
April 16 Literacy Fair speaker – Campbell Middle
April 19 Mainland High Reunion Speaker at The Book Store
April 21 Trolley Tour—Cypress Creek Elem.
April 22 “Young Authors” speaker – Pine Trail Elem.
April 25 Trolley Tour—Cypress Creek Elem.
April 26 Seabreeze High Centennial celebration
April 28 Bus Tour of Historic Sites—Spruce Creek Elementary
April 29 Walking Tour of Historic Sites—Tomoka Elementary
May 1 Bus Tour of Historic Sites—Spruce Creek Elementary
May 2 “Young Authors” speaker—Pathways Elementary
May 5 Bus Tour of Historic Sites—Spruce Creek Elementary
May 6 Trolley Tour—Cypress Creek Elem.
May 7 Trolley Tour—Cypress Creek Elem.
May 16 Trolley Tour—Cypress Creek Elem.
May 21 “Young Authors” speaker—Longstreet Elementary
May 30 Trolley Tour—St. James Elementary
June 19 “Endangered” Book Club at City Island Library
June 23-27 “Junior Authors” workshop at The Book Store
June 26 “Endangered” Book Club at City Island Library
July 7-11 “Junior Publisher’s” workshop at The Book Store
July 19 “Endangered” Book Club at City Island Library
July 21-25 “Junior Authors” workshop at The Book Store
July 28-August 1 “Junior Publisher’s” workshop at The Book Store
January 16 Speaker, AARP
January 17 Speaker, Rotary
January 17 Speaker, Pilot Club
January 20 OBHT Trolley Tour
January 27-28 Exhibitor, Blue Spring Manatee Festival
February 3 Presenter, Water Education Festival / Jacksonville
February 7 Speaker, Rotary
February 9 Saint James School- Book Fair
February 12 Speaker, Women in Construction
February 15 History contest judge, St. Brendan School
February 16 Speaker, Palmetto Club
February 20 DAR trolley tour, Ormond Beach Historical Trust
February 21 Speaker, Rotary
February 27 Speaker, Golden Girls3/8 School Visit, Bunnell Elementary
March 14 School visit, Pine Trail Elementary;
Speaker, (RTIF) Retired Teachers in Florida
March 15 School visit, Pine Trail Elementary
March 21 Speaker, Flagler Rotary
March 26 Speaker, DB Rotary
March 29 Walking Tour, NSB High
April 12 School visit, Pine Trail
April 13 Young Authors Celebration, Pathways;
Young Authors Celebration, Hurst Elementary
April 18 School visit, Longstreet Elementary
April 19 Speaker, Rotary
April 27 School Trolley Tour (am);Speaker, Edgewater Public School Family Night (pm)
April 27 School Trolley Tour, Ormond Beach Historical Trust
May 5 Speaker -- Dickerson Library Fundraiser
May 7 OBHT Trolley Tour--St. James School Ormond Beach Historical Trust
May 8 School Visit-- St. Vincent School, Orlando
May 9 Speaker -- Smyrna Yacht Club
May 18 Young Authors -- Pine Trail
May 21 Young Authors-- Longstreet Elementary
May 25 OBHT Trolley Tour -- St. James School
June 4-8 Junior Authors Workshop-- The Book Store
June 30 Authors River Cruise
August 6-10 Sidewalk Poetry Camp -- The Book Store
August 31 OBHT Trolley Tour Ormond Beach Historical Trust
September 10 Speaker-- Daytona Beach Junior League
September 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 School Trolley Tour
September 14 School Visit -- Cypress Elementary
September 22-- YMCA dinner "Dunecrest"
September 26 Speaker--Volusia County Reading Council, The Book Store (w/link, please)
September 29 Speaker-- Alpha Gamma Delta
October 2 School Trolley Tour (am)
Speaker-- The Book Store
October 10 Speaker-- Volusia County Reading Council, The Muse Book Store
November 1 Speaker-- DAR, NSB Library
November 13 Speaker--AARP Ormond Beach
November 14 Speaker--Friends of the City Island Library, DB
November 15 Speaker--Alpha Delta Kappa
November 29 -- School Visit, Neptune Beach Elementary, Jax
December 1 --Speaking Engagement, "Using God's Gifts," The Merry Widows, Ormond Beach
December 11, 13, 18-- School Trolley Tours -- Pathways Elem.
December 12-- School Visit-- OBMS
December 15--"Fly-In Fox Tales" Finale at the Book Store and So Much More!
January 14-15 -"Riverfest," NSB
January 19-21 -Mystery at Hotel Ormond - The play at Seabreeze High
March 18 -Class visit, Tomoka Elementary School, Ormond Beach, FL
April 7 -Volusia Anthropological Society, Halifax Historical Museum,
Daytona Beach, FL
April 9 -Beachside Book Bash, the Casements, Ormond Beach, FL
April 25-26 -Classroom visit, Ormond Beach Middle School
April 30 and May 1 -Art in the Park, Ormond Beach, FL
May 5 -Young Author's Tea, Friendship Elementary School, Deltona, FL
May 10 -Classroom visit, Holly Hill Elementary
May 11 -Classroom visit, Ormond Beach Elementary
May 12 -Young Author's Conference, Port Orange Elementary, P.O., FL
May 17 -Classroom visit, Pathways Elementary
May 19 -Classroom visit, Hurst Elementary
May 25 -Lecture, Aberdeen Adult Community, 9:30am
May 28 -"Local Legends and Lore" lecture OBHT, 9:30am
June 14 -Where's Capone's Cash? Summer Reading kick-off,
Ormond Beach Library, 3:30pm
July 4 -Book signing, Ormond Bridge, 6pm
July 18-22 -"Create your own Book!" The Casements
August 25 -Ormond Beach Memory Catchers meeting
August 27-28 -Children's Expo, Ocean Center
September 10 -DAR meeting, City Island
September 20 -Tri Delta Sorority Alumnae Meeting
September 29 -David Hinson Middle School Literary Night
October 1 -"Save the Loop" Trolley Tour
October 7 -"Adventures in Journaling" class, the Casements
October 11 -"Local Legends and Lore" lecture, MOAS, 2pm
October 11 -Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach
October 15 -Florida Council for the Social Studies, Speaker, 8am,
Plaza Hotel, Daytona Beach
October 20 -Hunter's Ridge Ladies Group
November 3 -"Self Publishing Affordably & Successfully" class, the Casements
November 11 -"Adventures in Journaling" class, the Casements
December 16 -"Adventures in Journaling" class, the Casements
January - The Mystery at Hotel Ormond selected for One Book,
One Community~Ormond Beach
June - Nat Chat Live, WELE 1308 AM radio appearance
November - My Favorite Place to Read art contest winners
November - Where's Capone's Cash? writing contest winners
November - The Mystery at Hotel Ormond book signing