On Saturday afternoon, the Galena Mining and Historical Museum hosted a book signing. Thanks to the enthusiastic Fred Billingsley and Linda Phipps, everything was all ready and then some. Big table, flowers, refreshment table, and people coming in the door! The irrepressible sisters who have done so much for Galena, Renee Charles and Melba Rigg, came by to visit, followed by Ron Jones, the Tattoo Man, who drove up from Bartlesville, Oklahoma. What support. I was humbled. We had a nice crowd throughout the afternoon, and in between visitors we augmented Linda's home-made cookies with pizza.
On Sunday afternoon, the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum hosted. The also-enthusiastic Mary Billington, the center's new director, had things arranged beautifully. Big table, flowers, chairs and microphone in case of an impromptu book talk, and another delightful refreshment table. We had a steady crowd there too, and who showed up but road warrior Fred Zander from Topeka, and fellow Arcadia author Steve Clem from Sand Springs. I was happy to see Linda Kennedy, former director of the center, stop by. Linda at the Baxter Springs museum and Fred Billingsley at the Galena museum, are the two main reasons that there IS a Route 66 in Kansas book!
Also during the afternoon, Dustin Andrews, owner of the new area newspaper, Spring River Current, came by and did an interview with me, interviewed visitors, and printed a nice review. You can read that online: www.springrivercurrent.com
I want to thank everyone who stopped by, bought books, brought food, treated me to dinner, made arrangements, worked on publicity, and generally made it a very fun and productive weekend. It was also fun to catch up with Penny Black (she was heading east) on Thursday evening, as she, like me, stopped at the Boots Court in Carthage.
On Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25, we'll both be at the International Mother Road Festival in downtown Springfield, Illinois. Again, if you're in the area, please stop by. I believe that we'll be at the corner of Washington and Fifth again this year (north side of the Old Capitol). This long-established big event is also always fun. We'd love to see you and sign a book for you.