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Poetry Reading- Woodstock Library Forum

Cheryl Rice and fellow poets Marianna Boncek, Michael Platsky and Guy Reed gather to give a reading of their work as well as talk about the poets who influence that work. Woodstock Library, 5 Library Lane, Woodstock, NY 12498 Sunday, April 27 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. I suggest arriving early for a good...

Poetry Reading- Harmony Cafe

I will be reading poetry at the Harmony Cafe in Woodstock, New York on January 15, 2019. The reading kicks off at 8 p.m. Harmony has a full bar and a great and colorful audience. Open mic after the reading. Bring some of your work to share. No admission but a jar is passed...

Antique Doll Talk and Presentation

The field of antique doll collecting is fun and exciting. But people hesitate to buy an antique doll because sometimes they seem so expensive. After all, dolls are just toys, aren’t they? Come to this Explore and Expand seminar and find out about antique dolls. Find out how you can tell if a doll...

Women’s Collective

Thursday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Art Bar , 674 Broadway, Kingston, New York readings by Marianna Boncek, Teresa Costa, Davida, Anne Gorrick, Roberta Gould, Alison Koffler and Cheryl Rice. $3.00. For more information contact Teresa Costa at hotpoetrygoddess@gmail.com...

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry

I entered National Novel Writing Month with a clear purpose and a plan. I wrote some very good scenes for my young adult novel and I saw the arc forming clearly. I was going nail it in November. Then my 93-year-old father had a massive stroke. It would be an understatement if I said...

November is National Novel Writing Month

November is National Writing Month. NaNoWriMo, as it is called, is a non-profit organization that encourages people to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. Obviously, the month chosen by the organization is November. Thousands of people through-out the world hunker down and spend each day trying to write their 1667 words (the number...

German Lady doll at the Drake House Museum

This lovely doll is marked Handwerck. There were two Handwerck doll companies in Germany and this lovely lady is from the older one. Heinrich Handwerck began producing dolls in 1876. This lovely chubby cheeks lady is marked with the mold number 409. She has almond-shaped, dark brown eyes, which were originally sleep eyes but...

Beautiful China Doll at the Drake House Museum.

I have a fondness for large china dolls and this one is just gorgeous. She is a large, Civil War era china doll and her hair style is referred to as a “flat top.” She has an old body. The term “original” rarely applied to early dolls with cloth bodies. Many times these dolls...

More Dolls of the Drake House Museum

I want to continue sharing with you the dolls of the Drake House Museum. All the dolls in this collection are German and this little adorable baby was made by “The King of Doll Makers” Johannes Kestner. Kestner began making dolls in 1805. He (or she) is marked JDK 211 and is 11 inches...

Writing and Failure

As I go about the task of trying to find an agent for my novel I have been thinking a lot about failure. I have been working hard researching agents, reading books that agents I seem to like have represented and writing and re-writing my query letter. I know that the vast majority of...

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