This past week was a whirlwind of activity. From the moment we boarded our US Airways flight in Gainesville, Florida to the moment we set foot in our own home again seven days later it was non-stop movement.
This was our (hubby & I) first time flying out of Gainesville Airport and I must confess that I envisioned somethng along the lines of old Bradley Airport in Connecticut when folks told me to expect a small airport. A mere hour’s drive (door to door) found us stepping through the departure door, walking maybe forty feet to the ticket counter, another twenty-five feet to the TSA area, and finally another twenty or so feet to our departure gate. Note: there are only three gates at this airport. The facility was spotless, modern, and the personnel were gracious and very helpful. After a breakneck ride on one of those super-sized golf carts through Charlotte (NC) airport we were airborne a second time and finally arrived in Hartford late afternoon.
Photo of Bradley Airport
Our first stop was to Dino’s in North Haven, CT for seafood. Another evening found us having supper at Jimmie’s in West Haven. Although we live in Florida where one would think seafood is abundant, there are no fast food establishments dedicated to seafood like the ones we grew up loving. Major highlights of our trip included: a surprise party for my brother- and sister-in-law to celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary, dinner with my other brother-in-law and his family, and a Meet The Author event in Derby,CT sponsored by the Polish Falcons Nest #208 that was held in St. Michael’s Church Hall.
St. Michael The Archangel Parish, Derby, CT
Polish Falcons Nest #208 officers.
The author event was a great success and I had the opportunity to reconnect with many old friends while making new ones. Hopefully, I’ve also piqued the interest of several new readers. Those who attended got treated to a reading of a short story that was written exclusively for the occasion. I’m happy to report that I sold out of all the books I had with me. Most requested titles were: Oak Cliff, Valley Memories, and Teddy Blue. Refreshments were provided by the Polish Falcons and, as they say in novels, ‘a good time was had by all’. Afterwards we were treated to another Valley staple – Roseland Apizza! NOTE: I will post pictures from the event on my Press Room Page.
The remainder of the week was spent visiting with as many friends and book stores as possible – sometimes three each day although we tried to keep it down to two visits daily. Thank goodness for unlimited mileage on the rental car. Fortunately, I got to brainstorm with both my New England PR Manager (Bob) and my Gal Friday (Barbara). I came away from those sessions with ideas for at least five more books based on ideas from readers.
As we boarded our return flight last Friday, we were amazed how quickly the week had flown by. It was wonderful to see our friends and families but we’re also very happy to be home.
If you missed my Author Event, there will be another one. The Polish Falcons graciously asked me back for a return visit. At this time there is no set date but watch this blog and my Newsletter for updates!