Thursday, July 17, 2014

Meet one of my talented and famous friends - Theresa Sneed

OK - so I am part of a "book blog tour" which is kind of a cool thing done these days to promote books right from the comfort of your own computer screen (or whatever device you are reading this on). I did my write up over at: Stephanie's Book Reviews & Author Interviews: "Elias of Elderberry"

It was especially fun because Theresa Sneed is a dear friend of mine. Here's a pic of the two of us when she flew in from Maine just to attend our ANWA (American Night Writers Association) summer retreat in Show Low, AZ. We took a tour of Coppervale Studio, owned by the famous author, illustrator and motivational speaker, James Artimus Owen in Taylor, AZ. It's very cool. It used to be an old church building; in fact, the one James attended as a child.

When Theresa lived here in AZ we used to teach at the same school for a couple of years and we drove over to the school together each day - talking, laughing, talking, laughing... you get the picture. I adore her and admire her talent. I think you should go check it out: Stephanie's Book Reviews & Author Interviews: "Elias of Elderberry"


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Local Princess Festival Makes Little Girls' Dreams Come True

It's happening here in Mesa, AZ this weekend (July 8-12, 2014) ~ a "Princess Festival."

Cutest thing ever!

Girls (about ages 3 to 13) dress up in princess clothes. Accompanied by a parent, they head on down to the ClearView Cultural Center near the Superstition Springs Mall in East Mesa and participate in several "Princess Activities" and concludes in the theater room for an original musical, "Princesses of Light," written just for the Mesa event by local talent: Betsy Love, Nancy Genys and Michael Leavitt.

Their first stop is to check in at the front desk where they are sprinkled with a light dusting of glitter (I'm sure it must be magical glitter) and receive a goodie bag with their very own Princess story book that they can keep. The last few pages have room for autographs from the Princesses, Princes and other cast members they meet. They also get a Princess Pin that their name is written on and they wear it proudly. They even get a DVD that shares the story of one of these original princesses, created just for this program (which also reaches out in charity work to include little princesses that might not otherwise get to experience this). See the "About Us" page for more information.

As the children move from room to room they are part of a play or a story about several Princesses and her friends. Many of these activities are interactive and the little princesses are even participants. Here are the highlights of their experience as found on the "Princess Festival" website:

  • The 2014 Princess Festival is a platform used to teach children character values and a new definition of what a Princess is. Our Princesses help classical princesses and others. We also enact our original stories that emphasize what Princess Power is.
  • The 2014 show has 4 Princess Interactive Plays and 4  Princess Quest Adventures where the children can participate with the Princess actors actors in finding clues, solving problems, helping people, and helping the Classical Princesses.
  • There are also a main stage where we will feature Princess Music, performances including talent like the 12 Dancing Princess ‘celtic style’ and much more.
  • Your children will be fully engaged with our cast in various positive story-lines that will teach them the values of caring about others including: kindness, forgiveness, courage and always how to be MORE than a  PRINCESS. 

All of the Princess events rotate throughout the day. Shows and Adventures start about every 20 minutes, beginning at 9am and running throughout the day, with the last session starting at 2pm - check the website for details. It's easy to show up anytime between 9am-2pm and participate in the entire event. And with the other activities, which include face-painting, coloring, making things for our service men and women, etc., your child can easily be involved and entertained for 2-3 hours, perhaps longer. It's all fun. Boys are also welcome to join in the fun and dress up as a Prince. 

The parts of the Princesses and the other actors are played by local high school students. This is a wonderful opportunity for them as well.

The 4 day event (you can choose to attend any of the days, Wed, - Sat.) concludes with a delightful Daddy-Daughter Dinner-Dance, "The Royal Ball of Everly." Of course, our local "princesses" (designed for girls from age toddler age 3-4 to about 15) may also opt to bring an uncle, older brother or grandpa if that fits their situation better. Get details here - Royal Ball of Everly

Tickets for one child and an adult to the Princess Festival is $30 and $15 for each additional child.  TICKETS TO THE ROYAL BALL of EVERLY (the Sat. night dance) are separate and include dinner. Get info and tickets here: Royal Ball of Everley

CHEERS!! (All photos on this post were taken by Katie Wride - used with permission)