2014: What’s New?

December 2, 2014

The advance copy of FRANKENSTINK! Garbage Gone Bad has arrived!

Ron with his advance copy of FRANKENSTINK! Garbage Gone Bad.

Ron with his advance copy of FRANKENSTINK! Garbage Gone Bad.

This is Ron’s first solo effort at illustrating and writing a picture book. He had a lot of fun using a comic book artwork style to tell the tale of a boy who ignores the growing pile of junk under his bed. FRANKENSTINK! Garbage Gone Bad offers a playful warning: change your ways or this junk may transform and mutate into a grotesque, greedy monster devouring everything in it’s path!

It features a cool poster on the back of the dust jacket…

FRANKENSTINK! poster

and the cover of the book glows in the dark!

FRANKENSTINK! front cover

Published by Tundra Books.  Oozing into bookstores in March 2015, just in time for Earth Day!

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November 11, 2014

Lest we forget.

A Poppy Is to Remember

A Poppy Is to Remember

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October 21, 2014

Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum gave his annual reading of Pumpkin People to the Grade 3 students of KCA (Kings County Academy). Great job, Mayor Dave!  As part of this tradition, the Town of Kentville gave a free copy of the book to each Grade 3 student.  The town has generously donated copies to KCA students since 2008 to promote literacy and Kentville culture.  Spike the pumpkin person also joined in the fun!

Mayor Corkum hands out copies of "Pumpkin People" to Grade 3 students while Sandra looks on.

Mayor Corkum hands out copies of “Pumpkin People” to Grade 3 students while Sandra looks on.

"I see in my future that... I will receive a signed copy of Pumpkin People from the mayor."

“I see in my future that… I will receive a signed copy of “Pumpkin People” from the mayor.”

Spike is always a popular guy!

Spike is always a popular guy!

Some people couldn't wait to start reading :)

Some people couldn’t wait to start reading 🙂

Spike is so cuddly!

Spike is so cuddly!

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October 20, 2014

The theme for the 2014 Kentville Harvest Festival pumpkin people displays is movies from the 1980’s!

Ron rides with ET! "Beeeeee... goood!"

Ron rides with ET!  “Beeeeee… goood!”

Sandra vs. the Empire! "I have a bad feeling about this..."

Sandra vs. the Empire!  “I have a bad feeling about this…”

Ron at the mercy of the Empire! "What is thy bidding, my master?"

Ron at the mercy of the Empire!  “What is thy bidding, my master?”

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October 18, 2014

Our pumpkin pals helped out with our book signing at Coles in New Minas.

"Would you like to read a story with Spike?"

“Would you like to read a story with Spike?”

"My favourite book!"

“My favourite book!”

Plus we had another great afternoon at Hennigar’s Farm Market.

October People

October People

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October 11, 2014

Busy afternoon at Hennigar’s Farm Market.  We signed & sold all their copies of Pumpkin People!  Back next weekend?

"Do you know about the Kentville Pumpkin People?"

“Do you know about the Kentville Pumpkin People?”

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October 6, 2014

A StoryMob reading of our book Pumpkin People surprised the crowd at the Kentville Harvest Festival on October 4.  A fiddler played a lively tune while people in costumes waved props, danced and read a line or two from the story.

What is a StoryMob?  StoryMobs are where kids’ books meet flash mobs with a dash of Mardi Gras thrown in.  A story mob is inspired by a children’s book and allows for participation in a variety of ways. These may include costumes & props, copies of the book, simple choreography, musical instruments and vocal parts.  StoryMobs are primarily aimed at families, but warmly welcome the involvement of book-lovers, flash mob-enthusiasts and fun folks of all ages.  StoryMobs is a free event.  Like other flash mobs, StoryMobs appear out of nowhere in an apparently spontaneous way, in a busy public space, at a (quietly) designated time and then disperse without any additional fanfare after they have finished.

Here is a video of the Pumpkin People StoryMob using still photos taken during the event.

Sandra and Ron get ready for the StoryMob.

Sandra and Ron get ready for the StoryMob.

Scott Brison MP, Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum and Spike the pumpkin person perform at the StoryMob.

Scott Brison MP, Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum and Spike the pumpkin person perform at the StoryMob.

Fiddler Jack Kaulback plays while Ron reads.

Fiddler Jack Kaulback plays while Ron reads.

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October 4, 2014

For the 2014 Kentville Harvest Festival the pumpkin people reappear as characters from 1980’s movies!

Sandra mingles with the Beetlejuice gang.

Sandra mingles with the Beetlejuice gang.

 

Ron would make a tasty treat for Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.  "Mmm... finger food!"

Ron would make a tasty treat for Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.
“Mmm… finger food!”

At the opening of the Harvest Festival in Kentville Town Square we introduced the new “mini” hardcover edition of Pumpkin People.

2014 Kentville Harvest Festival

Later in the day we shared a table with a good friend at Noggins Corner Farm Market.

"Read any good books lately?"

“Read any good books lately?”

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September 13, 2014

Harvest is coming and the pumpkins are almost ready.  Wally is busy working on his Spike patch.

Wally is working hard on his Spike patch.

Wally is preparing for the Harvest Festival.

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August 23, 2014

Sock monkey teenagers get bored easily. So Eddie is going to Ottawa to play soccer and practice his banana kick. He is really excited about joining Team Q.

Eddie the teenage soccer nut.

Eddie the teenage soccer nut.

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August 22, 2014

News Flash! Garden glove doll, DOTZ has been included in this lovely garden treasury on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NDE5MDM2MTl8MjcyNjY3ODA5NA/in-my-garden-1?index=0&ref=pr_favetreasuries&atr_uid

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August 17, 2014

Hurrah!  We will have a booth at the CK Gators Craft Fair on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm at Central Kings Rural High School.  On sale at our booth will be non-traditional sock monkeys, sock dolls, sock creatures, garden glove dolls, books and more!  Come on by for a chat and some giggles.

Here’s a link to the CK Gators Craft Fair facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CK-Gators-Craft-Fair/1540220319540135?ref=profile

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August 6, 2014

ROCKO the Doorman/Bouncer at Margo’s Place

 As I was in line waiting to get into Margo’s Place the other night I got the once over from Rocko, the Doorman/Bouncer.  After I gave him the password he muttered, “You’re ok, but stay in da line.”  I casually commented on his unusual attire.  He gave me a steely look then confided, “I gotta raw deal from John Law dat landed me in da Big House.  I busted out an bin nabbed so many times dat dem mugs swapped my ball and chain for a bell and chain.  Dey figgered it would give dem the tip off of where I was.  Too bad for dem bums it didn’t woik!”

While on the lam, Rocko has been working at Margo’s Place.  It was a bit disconcerting that as we were chatting Rocko would suddenly stop and growl, “Dem customers shouldn’t get outta line or dey’ll get a Ring-A-Ding on da noggin’…Hey youse guys, no buttin’ in…you hoid me!  Ok, Ok, keep da line movin’…Lady, don’t yank my chain!”  Then he told me, “Dat Margo she lets me go on da stage and belt out my song, Jail House Rock…it’s a real crowd pleaser…it better be or it’s coitains for me!”

Rocko is searching for a safe house to lay low so he can stay out of the slammer.

ROCKO the Doorman/Bouncer at Margo's Place

ROCKO the Doorman/Bouncer at Margo’s Place

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July 25, 2014

Sometimes you just need to get away…

Blanche and I had Ladies Afternoon "Out and About" the other day. We decided to go to Wolfville and have a nice cuppa and a donut at Shiny Things Cafe. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mortiscycle-Sideshow-food-truck-Shiny-Things-Cafe/584312674972625 Lisa makes the best donuts ever!Blanche and I had Ladies Afternoon “Out and About” today. We decided to go to Wolfville and have a nice cuppa and a donut at Shiny Things Cafe. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mortiscycle-Sideshow-food-truck-Shiny-Things-Cafe/584312674972625                           Lisa makes the best donuts ever!

 

Blanche and I were enjoying our chocolate amaretto donuts and tea at Shiny Things Cafe, but did not converse with the escaped convict who sat at our table.Blanche and I were enjoying our chocolate amaretto donuts and tea, but did not converse with the escaped convict who sat at our table.

 

Everyone agrees - damn fine donuts! Thanks Lisa!Everyone agrees  –  damn fine donuts!  Thanks Lisa!

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July 6, 2014

Lucky for us, Hurricane Arthur only damaged one of our trees.  Arthur broke some branches on our maple tree that we planted 16 years ago. Thank goodness we only lost power for one day…not like some people who were without power for a week!

Our poor maple tree lost some branches from Hurricane Arthur.

Our poor maple tree lost some branches thanks to Hurricane Arthur.

And, of course, there was some cleaning up to do.

Ron had to clean up all the branches and mess from Hurricane Arthur.

Ron gathering the branches and mess left by Hurricane Arthur.

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July 5, 2014

Oh No!!  Hurricane Arthur hit Margo’s Place!

Hurricane Arthur hits Margo's Place!

Hurricane Arthur hits Margo’s Place!

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July 1, 2014

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Wally and the Beaver celebrate Canada Day

Wally and the Beaver celebrate Canada Day

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April 6, 2014

JAKE’S favourite song…”When I’m Cleaning Windows”.

Does anyone remember George Formby? Here’s a YouTube link to George singing Jake’s favourite song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfmAeijj5cM

What’s your favourite George Formby song?

Jake's favourite song

Jake’s favourite song

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April 5, 2014

JAKE THE HAPPY HANDYMAN

What a morning!  I have to admit that I was not fully awake as I wandered back stage at Margo’s Place, tripped over a ladder and upset a bucket of dirty water.  Unfortunately, Jake was up the ladder and as he tumbled down he just missed landing in the wet, dirty mess.  He got up, dusted himself off and suggested that I should have a few more cups of tea before I go stumbling around and knocking things about.

He righted the ladder and said that I had to clean up his window cleaning water that had spilled all over the floor.  But since Jake is really an old softie at heart, he said he would entertain me while I mopped up.  He climbed his ladder, got himself all comfy at the top and sang for me his favourite George Formby song, “When I’m Cleaning Windows”.

Jake the Handyman

JAKE the Happy Handyman

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March 26, 2014

Wally volunteered for snow shoveling duty.  A little guy with big ideas and an even bigger shovel.

WALLY - a man and his shovel

WALLY – a man and his shovel

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March 25, 2014

Well, there seems to be a lot of activity going on at Margo’s Place today.  Workmen are taking all of the tables and chairs to the basement and I hear sawing, hammering and cursing coming from down there.

I tried to ask Wally what was going on as he raced by me with a huge armload of costumes.  He kept going and called back over his shoulder that he was sorry but he couldn’t stop to chat.  He looked a bit frazzled.

I spied Jake the Window Cleaner and All Round Handyman with his ladder heading for the basement stairs.  I ran up and asked him what the heck was going on.  He stopped and gave me a pitying look,  “Don’t you listen to weather forecasts?  There’s a storm coming tonight and they predict that we will get 30 – 40 cm (11 – 15 inches) of snow and howling winds up to 100 kilometers and hour (60 mph).”  He put down his ladder, leaned forward and whispered in my ear, “Margo’s a wee bit jittery today, she afraid the storm may be Son of Hurricane Hooligan.  So we’re building a temporary stage and dressing rooms downstairs and moving all the tables and chairs down there too.  Margo doesn’t want her club to be blown away again.”  He straightened up and said, “Make yourself useful and carry that box of candles downstairs.”  And so I am caught up in all the preparations.  Fasten your seat belts; it’s going to be a bumpy night!

Jake the Window Cleaner and All Round Handyman

JAKE the Window Cleaner and All Round Handyman

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 February 26, 2014

I was partying at Margo’s Place the other night and asked Wally to pose for a photo.  He is the busboy at Margo’s and also “dresser to the stars”. With so many divas starring on stage at Margo’s Place, Wally is kept extremely busy and sometime his nerves get a bit frayed.

Wally, busboy and dresser to the stars

WALLY, busboy and dresser to the stars

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February 25, 2014

Margo’s Place is proud to present Nixie the Nearsighted Fan Dancer.

NIXIE the Nearsighted Fan Dancer

NIXIE the Nearsighted Fan Dancer

Margo’s Place is proud to present, live on stage, Nixie the Nearsighted Fan Dancer!  Featured in two shows nightly, Nixie is headlining the “Follies Mar-Go Revue” in the International Ballroom.

Recently I was given the privilege of interviewing Nixie on opening night.  To read that exclusive interview stroll over to:  https://thelightburns.com/margos-place/

There are also some photos of Nixie while she was in the process of being put together on the ChatterSox Facebook page.  (Scroll down the Facebook page to see more photos of Nixie):  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chattersox/469897096431384

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