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Carol Perkins: Susan and I have a new book

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By Carol Perkins

Ms. Margaret Vibbert recalled when she and her classmates flew out the schoolhouse door to see the first airplane go over. Edaline Hope recalled walking to church on dark nights with her father leading the way, carrying a lantern. "He would look back to make sure we girls were all following closely." My mother, Marguerite Sullivan, described the cold winters while teaching in a one-room school and Christmas programs. Edgar Martin remembers waking up with snow on his bed. "My brothers and I swept it up before it turned to water and went through the floor." Willard Parnell laughed about the time he and his friends skipped school, made their own wooden ice skates, skated on a frozen pond all day, and ended up with an old-fashioned whipping. Margaret Reece told about leaving her warm home in Louisville to marry and move to a house where she could look through the cracks and see the chickens.

What all of these have in common is that each person ranges from age ninety-two to one hundred and one (Ms. Vibbert), and Susan Chambers and I interviewed them for our new book, Winter Tales: Metcalfe.

We also talked with those of all ages to capture the feel of wintertime in our community (and all small communities). A companion to our first book, Edmonton (1940-2018), Winter Tales is a social and emotional history filled with humor, picturesque details, and anecdotes.



From the first basketball team (1960) to play in the regional tournament at the old Bowling Green High School to stories of rough times for bus drivers getting children home, transportation crews clearing roads, and those who work with power lines, our book brings their stories to life and will, hopefully, preserve them for future generations. We captured stories of riding in feed troughs down "ice bumps," building snowmen, ice skating, snow skiing, and rabbit hunting. Jay White tells of being part of a team to decorate the White House in 2018, and Gaye Shaw writes about the many Chamber of Commerce parades, banquets, and open houses since her tenure.

Perhaps the most touching were the interviews with military men and women who were gone during Christmas. Jeanette Duncan gives an account of her late husband, Richard's time in Africa during the holiday, and Harold McCoy tells about his time in Vietnam and seeing his son for the first time when he was eight months old. There are stories of Christmas traditions, church programs, and wonderful meals (recipes in the back of the book). We describe Christmas shopping around the square in Edmonton, in Glasgow (when there was a bus route back and forth), and how a trip to Bowling Green was a major event.

Dr. Melissa Walton-Shirley wrote a touching story about her parents and their Christmas traditions, as did Lisa Hammar (retired from MCHF) about her nursing home memories. Audrey Young recalls the famous tree that Fred cut, Lorena Gibson tells about her husband breaking his back snow skiing, and Greg Martin writes about a special Christmas when he received his favorite albums. Debbie Reece tells of her December wedding, and an entire section is dedicated to a Pet's Christmas (with pictures) These accounts are only a small part of Winter Tales. You don't have to know the characters to appreciate the stories.

Susan and I invite you to Barn Lot Theater, Sunday afternoon, November 10, 2019 for a Winter Tales Book Party. From 1pmCT to 2pmCT, we will sell and/or sign books (Barn Lot staff will be selling their the 40th Anniversary Documentary CD for a discounted price of $20, normally $25).

Starting around two, Susan and I will tell about the making of the book and share stories, accounts, and have guest participation. Then, following our program, Barn Lot will host a screening of their 40th Anniversary Documentary for those who purchased the CD. Mark your calendars for an exciting day at Barn Lot, November 10th; Susan and I will be looking for you! (Books available at ESB in Glasgow and many locations throughout Metcalfe County, as well as on Amazon.)


This story was posted on 2019-10-30 07:33:21
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