It's mid-afternoon, June 10, as Nanc and I head to Frost, Minnesota, eager to meet the volunteers at the Library who invited us to help kick off their summer reading program entitled "Make a Splash!"
I explain to my wife that Charlene Lincoln, the lady who contacted me, has done quite a lot of publicity and has invited kids, parents and seniors to the event at the Viking Community Center.
After the show, Charlene awards door prizes. I am delighted to win a pound of AMPI State Brand butter. Young Torin wins a copy of the book I just performed, A Farm Country Christmas Eve. He immediately asks me to autograph it for him and I gladly comply. I'm feeling pretty good about the fact that he had his choice of all the of the other toys, yet he picked my book. He seems to be a really intelligent and likable lad.
In no hurry to leave, many folks stop to chat as they snack on the goodies. Frost folks are really friendly.
Children hold their door prizes as people snap pictures and as I pose with the young children and teens, who are, of course, the pride of Frost. I feel privileged. to be part of the event.
We stay over an hour after the show, but since Nanc is busy selling books and talking to customers and I'm answering questions and listening to some fascinating local stories, we take no more pictures.
Before we leave, we thank all the volunteers, especially Charlene and Ardell and Gina, who worked so hard to make the event a Splash!