Ruth Demarest-Godfrey, Idora Tucker, Nancy Rice.
The reception at the Vermont Folklife Center on Saturday was a blast. With over 100 guests attending, the place was packed. Many of the visitors were from the Randolph area, and many had donated to our project through Kickstarter and other venues. The day was sunny and bright, and the drive over the hills to Middlebury spectacular. I had a surprise for each of the writers: an advance copy of our new book, The Hale Street Gang: In Cahoots. The book is now available via Amazon.com. To order it, click on the title (above); it will zip you to Amazon's "E-store." Bud and Bella's Bookshop in Randolph will also have copies later this month; I ordered them this morning, but shipping is slow (they are due to arrive on October 28.) The list price is $16. I am really proud of this book, which is a true collaboration, the result of two years' work at the Randolph Senior Center with our memoir-writing groups.
Sara Tucker and some of the gang, at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.
The writers had no idea the book had arrived, so it really was a complete surprise. The back cover reads: "Meet the Hale Street Gang, twelve senior citizens who gather every week in the village of Randolph, Vermont, to share their life stories. Most are in their eighties; the eldest is ninety-nine. Their clubhouse is the senior center, an elderly mansion in a fringy neighborhood south of the railroad tracks. Together, they weave a rich, lively, and intensely personal tale of twentieth-century America, its nexus a small town nestled in the Green Mountains."