April 24, 2013
One of the best bits at the end of the second Kevin Sullivan Anne of Green Gables movie is the end with the kiss on the bridge. “It’s you I always wanted.” – was our shorthand for the scene. It was my cousin and mine’s favorite scene so I’m glad to add its location to my Anne of Green Gable film sites. Other than that the rest of the movie was OK at best, but be still my Gilbert loving heart that last scene was perfect. The Sullivan Productions blog tends to take down posts after awhile so I copied the key facts below, follow the link for the full story.
From the Sullivan blog:
The Anne of Green Gables Bridge (or Kissing Bridge as it is sometimes called) is actually located at the headquarters of Emmanuel International Canada in Stoufville, Ontario. Emmanuel International is a charitable Christian organization that works alongside churches around the world to provide relief, rehabilitation, sustainable development and Christian ministries to those in need.
April 22, 2013
Most of the programs I put on have a strong element of audience involvement, but when it came to storytelling I wanted to make that an even larger part of the program. So the structure of these programs are a little different than you’ll see with other storytellers. I’ve created a collection of items which are spread out on a table up front at the beginning of the program. Each item represents a story, riddle, or poem. Audience members are selected to come to the front and pick any object they want off the table. That is the story, riddle, or poem that gets told next. Some require involvement from the person who picked it, others expect the entire audience to help tell the story. Some of the stories are related to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life. Other stories are just historical.
That process makes this a very flexible program timewise. It can been done over the course of everything from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Although I’m not in character, I normally preform this program in 19th century dress and give a bit of introductory information about Laura Ingalls Wilder at the beginning. You don’t have to know anything about Laura Ingalls Wilder to enjoy this program. It works well both where groups are settled and in environments where people are passing through event to event.
April 19, 2013
April 3, 2013 I had the good fortune to be the speaker at the Des Moines Women’s Club. I always am glad when I get to speak to women’s clubs both because I have a great respect for the important work they do and because Laura was a club woman herself. Probably most importantly Laura was a founding member of the Athenian Club that was formed to help create a Wright County Library, but my favorite one of her clubs is Justamere Club because I think it’s one of the cleverest names I’ve come across. Women’s clubs work covered three areas, providing socialization for the women themselves, community improvement projects, and community upliftment projects (from art to opera). While the clubs I’m most familiar are more focused on the second of these, the Des Moines Women’s Club is an outstanding example of the third. Once a thousand strong in members and lead by the rich and elite, the club purchased a mansion and expanded it with an auditorium and rooms for art that was purchased from New York and Europe.
They no longer own the clubhouse because when they wisely realized with so many women now taking paid jobs instead of devoting time to community work that they would no longer be able to handle it. Instead they sold one of their paintings for 5 million dollars to establish a foundation to take care of it indefinitely and now the running of the building is handled by a paid staff. It was still easily the most impressive room I’ve ever presented in and I wish I’d had a little more time just to look at the art.
The venue is available to rent out and they also host events there, so if you live in Iowa, you’ll likely get a chance. I should warn you that entrance does require either quite a few steps or dealing with an elevator that didn’t quite get my vote of confidence. Also, the GPS (at least mine) stopped in front of the hospital and to find the building you have to keep going around the Iowa Methodist hospital, look for a brick mansion and their sign as you travel around.
Here is the website for the building Hoyt Sherman Place (the name of the owner of the mansion): http://www.hoytsherman.org/
They offer this about their history:
And here is the page of the Women’s Club itself:
April 17, 2013
Sarah in Brandon, Iowa
When everything goes well, during a given month I do set schedule of podcasts (things don’t always go well so this might not be true in any given month). I do a 15 minute roundup of Laura Ingalls Wilder events for fandom near the beginning of the month. Then I do a 30 minute program which is me talking about something Laura related. Then another 30 minute travel time episode where I normally interview someone about a destination or an unusual hobby. Finally I do a 60 minute interview about someone that is related to Laura.
I haven’t done very well on the updates the last few month, manly because so far this year, I’ve had trouble nailing people down for interview dates far enough ahead to include them in the roundout and then I wait and then I decide it’s too close to the end of the month and it doesn’t get done. But enough of that as Laura season gets in full swing, I hope to get back on schedule and to start that off, here is the latest roundup episode for April 2013:
Since the last one of these I actually completed was back in December in addition to a run down on the always active month of April we also hit the highlights of Laura events for Jan.-March. Enjoy!
April 14, 2013
You always feel a special connection to your first Doctor on Doctor Who. For me, that was Tom Baker portraying the 4th Doctor. One of the my favorite episodes featuring him was Horror of Fang Rock. It was based on a real story where the inhabitants of a lighthouse disappeared off the coast of Great Britain. I adore unsolved mysteries of history. They also used part of a poem which is also about the historical event. It’s a great poem and I wanted to share it in honor of National Poetry Month.
Thanks to IPTV my TARDIS lunchbox
The Doctor himself quotes:
Aye: though we hunted high and low,
And hunted everywhere,
Of the three men’s fate we found no trace
Of any kind in any place,
But a door ajar, and an untouched meal,
And an overtoppled chair.
Find the entire text of the story poem at this link: http://www.potw.org/archive/potw230.html
Also, find there extra information at the bottom about the poem, the incident, and what it has inspired.
April 12, 2013
This spring I’ve been finally starting to catch up on projects that have been hanging around half-finished. One of these was my notes from the Fall 2012 conference. It’s been long enough that I considered just letting it go, but it was such a powerful conference with so many good and useful suggestions that I decided it was important to share. So here are my notes:
And remember ILA is going to be in Coralville Fall 2013, I hope to see you there!
April 10, 2013
You might have noticed I’ve been working on stirring up some of my older posts with Roundups to help people find posts on a certain topic easier. This post is in honor of National Poetry Month. Learn more about the month, the sponsoring organization and get ways to celebrate it:
Sarah: A Poem
Under the Spreading Maple Tree
A Practical Poem aka Out of Order
His Girl in Overalls
A Few Minutes With a Poet by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Note this post is from Beyond Little House and was done by another contributor)
Special Episode – Read Aloud Poems from One-Room School Readers
Originally Aired March 7, 2012 – World Read Aloud Day
April 7, 2013
So find your favorite writing spot
I’ve decided in honor of National Poetry Month to sponsor a contest on my Facebook page. I’ve read some really bad poetry about Laura Ingalls Wilder now, I’d like to find some good. Find your favorite writing spot and between now and the end of the month, post your poem about Laura on my Trundlebed Tales Facebook page, then the entry that gets the most total likes and shares from that original post (so Facebook counts them for me) will get a prize package (both Trundlebed Tales trading cards and a Trundlebed Tales postcard) as soon as they privately send me their address.
This is strictly a popularity contest this year and any promoting you want to do is OK. If this works well, we might try a judged one next time. So let me know if you have a preference for finding the winner one way or another. And either way stop by, enter, and vote!
April 5, 2013
These are all posts having to do with Independence, Kansas and the Little House on the Museum site. I just love their signage. It just makes me happy to see it.
Independence Sign 1999
Interview with Michelle Martin, director of Little House on the Prairie Museum
Candlelight on the Prairie is an annual event
I recommend the Brothers Railroad Inn in Independence
Who is Bill Kurtis?
Hand Dug Well
Independence Update (from 2008, with photos)
Prairie Day is a big event each year.
A sample schedule from 2011
Podcasts of my trip to Independence for Prairie Day 2011
This is also some of the same 2011 podcasts, but I love the photo I used this time.
April 3, 2013
So far this year’s schedule is doing much better than last year’s.
- Des Moines Women’s Club – General Laura Program – Wed., April 3, 2013 1:00 PM
- Monticello Public Library – Packing Up – Mon., April 8, 2013 6:30PM
- Fort Dodge Public Library – What’s My Story? – Thurs., April 25, 2013 12:00 PM
Join us for one if you can and if you want me to come near you, read all about it at: