By Melissa Flynn
Where do I start? There were authors. There were artists. There was a singer. There were books, paintings, healthy snacks, chocolate treats, a Mary Kay consultant, a motivational speaker, an inspirational speaker, a gallery owner and the son of a single-mom.
Keeping all of that in mind let me tell you a story.
All of this was taking place as the clock struck 1 o’clock pm on Saturday, 8/10/13. The music was lowered as I and my sciatic pain rose to speak. The words began to flow, and the crowd settled in for the ride. Applause ensued, and warm feelings filled the room.
I looked out to the audience and smiled towards some friends.
You know the saying, “Time flies when you are having fun?” Well, on 8/10/13, that’s how I felt. I hobbled around with my cane to check on our 24 authors. They all seemed pleased. Not only did they network and chat with the guest, but they also reached out to each other.
My dream came true. I wanted a place where artists across our small state would come together. I wanted them to embrace each other and help one another. I wanted to see people walking out with books in hand and that they did.
Each time I walked past the front door, I heard sounds of Denise Jones-Gagne and “Inner Grooves” singing on the front patio. I ran into others, as I walked by the front door to go upstairs, caught by the tune.
“She’s really good, isn’t she?”
“Yes, she is wonderful,” said a guest of The Wallingford Writers’ Community 1st Semi-Annual Free Artist’s Showcase.
I, Melissa Flynn, hereby mark this event as a Success. Perfection? No. Smiles, a few sales, music, food and happy people? Yes.
So for those who missed it, you will have other opportunities. Email or call me with questions if you are an artist who is interested in taking part in the next event.
The 2nd Semi-Annual Free Artist’s Showcase will take place on February 8, 2014. It will be at the Wallingford Public Library at 200 North Main Street in Wallingford, CT.
Here are some links of some of the artists who attended on 8/10/13 (above, you can see some pictures of some of our artists/for more picture, be sure to check out WWC’s Facebook page listed below):
Here is the Amazon link to Shelley Ott’s book in both soft cover and Kindle edition:
And this is her website:
To find Steve Robichaud on Facebook:
Nancy Butler’s (our guest speaker) email and phone number:
Kathryn Orzech’s book site and trailer:
Here’s the link to Premonition of Terror:
Other writers stopped by to support their friends. Some of their sites are listed below.
Marian L. http://www.marianl.com/
Robin S robinswetz.com
As the Chair of the Wallingford Writers’ Community, I thank everyone who took part and those that came as guests. We hope you will be back again and again.
And a warm ‘Thank You’ to Steve Robichaud for donating The Sandman Gallery and Frame Shoppe at 14 West Main Street in downtown Meriden.
Here are a few upcoming dates for the WWC. Feel free to join us.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2pm
Wallingford Writers’ Community Meeting
Funky Monkey, 130 Elm Street, Cheshire, CT 06410, 203-439-9161
Come, introduce yourself, and hear what we are all about.
Email me with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcing the 2nd Semi-Annual Free Local Artist’s Showcase
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1pm – 3:15pm
All interested artists should notify me in advance of their interest.
Event will be held at: Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492
Join us in celebrating our CT Artist’s. Here is WWC’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/melissa.flynn.7568#!/wallingfordwritersclub
And if you have any problems with the link, just search for Wallingford Writers Community on Facebook.
Moving And Other Matters (MAOM) will be having its 1st Writer’s Spotlight. The event will feature 3 writers and their work.
Be sure to follow MAOM on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/GettingMyMoveOn?ref=hl
Any writer interested, should notify me immediately. Poets are welcome. The event will take place sometime at the beginning of November. A date has not yet been determined.
By the way, here is my author page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/MelissaFlynnCT?ref=hl
Remember? Me? Moving On? It’s what I do…