Saturday, July 1, 2017

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07/01/2017 - 9:00am
Waldo is back--but where? The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses  this July. Kids of all ages and anyone with a youthful heart can hunt for Waldo and his friend Wenda throughout Leavenworth. Pick up your passport at A Book For All Seasons, and get it stamped at the many participating businesses for a chance to win awesome prizes--top prize is a six-volume deluxe set of Waldo books! On July 31, join us for a 30 Years of Waldo Party: games, refreshments, and...I hear Waldo may be there in person!  This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Where’s Waldo? books. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions. There are now over 67 million Waldo books in print worldwide, in over thirty languages. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support the Shop Local movement and local businesses including: A Paw Above, Almond Blosom, Bubblery, Cheesemonger, Cup and Kettle, Der Sportsmann, D'Vinery, Gingerbread Factory, Hat Shop/Wood Shop, Inside Out, J5 Coffee, Jubilee, Mainz House of Rocks, Metal Waterfall, Oil and Vinegar, Parsley's Pantry, Posy, Rock Mountain Chocolates, Taffy Shop, The Flavor Express, The Little Kitchen Shop, The Hunter's Wife, Village Alps, and Wurlygigz.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
07/01/2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Gratitude, endurance, compassion and grace are celebrated by three disparate authors: a soldier-poet who served in the Middle East; a fish-out-of-water goatherd roaming the French Pyrenees; and a historian of cross-cultural marriage and founding mothers on Washington’s coast.   E.C. Murray A Long Way From Paris, a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, is a story of personal transformation in the snowy mountains of the South of France. “Riveting,” say reviewers. In this searing, authentic memoir, Elizabeth is hired to herd goats on a remote mountain farm in the South of France. Without heat, running water, or even a good grasp of French, she carves out a new life for herself. Jumping into farm life cheerfully, Murray quickly learned to make cheese, birth calves and survive on one bath a week. With compassion and candor, she vividly paints the strong personalities she encounters. The realities of farm life may bring tears to readers’ eyes, but readers will also laugh at the comical portrayals of truffle hunting, and relish the descriptions of simple Christmas festivities. This rich, lucid memoir traces Elizabeth’s metamorphosis from a privileged preppie to a hardworking farmhand who protects her goats through raging blizzards. “Murray writes with grace and humor” – Kirkus Reviews  “She beautifully explores her deep awareness of the land, an unfolding appreciation of hard work and the importance of family. The result is a fascinating journey filled with wisdom, grace and compassion.” -- Carlene Cross, author of The Undying West E.C. Murray (Elizabeth Corcoran Murray) is the author of A Long Way From Paris and of Life Kind of Sucks, a tiny book of ideas for rough patches in life. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she is a writing professor and the founder of The Writers Connection.   Lance Brender Major Lance Brender sharing his accessible poetry of service and gratitude published in the dual-author, annotated collection In Cadence. By turns surprising, inspiring, and haunting, this collection is a dear reminder of the costs and of the pride of serving your country. U.S. Army Armor officer Major Lance Brender is a native of Cashmere, Wash. and has served in Iraq, Korea, and Saudi Arabia.    Candace Wellman Candace Wellman brings to light coastal Washington’s ignored and unacknowledged founding mothers: the wives in cross-cultural marriages, the Peace Weavers. Up to 90% of mid-1800 coastal Washington marriages were cross-cultural; yet when the deeds of our founding mothers and recorded and celebrated, our indigenous founding mothers have been largely ignored. Wellman’s account focuses on four women of Samish, S’Klallam, Lummi and Sto:lo heritage—Clara, Nellie, Mary and Caroline—revealing their strength, endurance and adaptability. Battling the hardships and heartbreak common for their day, they ran successful farms, operated profitable businesses, served as midwives, nursed and supported family members, attended ancestral gatherings, and are remembered as loving mothers and good neighbors. Wellman’s history is the culmination of 18 years of research, and interviews with over two hundred collaborators. Each woman's story is uniquely her own, but together they and other intermarried women left lasting legacies. They were peace weavers. Bellingham’s Candace Wellman is a sociologist, speaker, and local history consultant, active in multiple historical organizations, and a recipient of the State Volunteer Recognition Award from the Washington State Genealogical Society.