Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Meet A Fairy - Catch A Dream! Border Queen Book Festival March 7, Comanche, Ok

Noted Oklahoma auhtor Tonya Shook writes "I would like to give an invitation to attend the second Border Queen Book Festival in Comanche, OK. on Saturday, March 7th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. We have 50 authors from 6 different states attending. There is no cost, it is a free event where you may visit with an author, publisher, or illustrator of both children's and adult books of every genre. This is a growing event giving teachers an opportunity for Personal Development Certification Points if your schools allow such. We will be at the Asbury Complex, 410 S. 2nd Street, a beautiful facility to accommodate a large crowd. Lunch can be purchased on the site for $6. Our event is an all-volunteer effort that supports Literacy Awareness in our corner of the pasture in Oklahoma. Come take advantage of this educational experience. " --Tonya Holmes Shook, Director/Coordinator of the Border Queen Book Festival
MEDIA RELEASE Border Queen Book Festival 2009 Oklahoma’s second Border Queen Book Festival (BQBF) will be held Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 10 - 3 PM in the new Asbury Complex at 410 South 2nd Street in Comanche, OK. The City of Comanche expects statewide attendance with added attractions scheduled for 2009, a Chautauqua being one of them on Friday evening, March 6th. We are expecting 50 authors, publishers and illustrators to be in attendance for BQBF 2009. Food will be available again at the Asbury Complex at noon. Free admission offers opportunity to meet authors and purchase autographed books. To kick off the 2009 festival a Chautauqua type program free of charge to the public on Friday night will co-feature Dr. Steve Kern, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, and his wife, Sally, State Representative of House District 84, at the Asbury Complex from 6:30 – 7:45 PM. Dr. Kern will express his views on the Evolution vs. Creation debate and Sally will speak on Freedom of Expression and Teaching the Controversy in Public Schools, a bill she has authored. Kern’s book, “No Other Gods - The Biblical Creation Worldview,” written from a compilation of lectures given over a twenty year period, supports his program position and will be for sale that evening as well as at the book festival the next day. Information from science, archeology, history, and scripture are presented as evidence for faith based in Creation. Added attractions for the second BQBF include a local essay contest for middle school children sponsored by Southern Oklahoma Arts Council with recognition and prize money to be given to winners; an entertaining and award winning percussion band performance is slated; the highly acclaimed guest speakers will be on Friday night before the book festival Saturday. After the Friday night program Comanche’s own Cowboy Opry on Rodeo Drive will offer live entertainment for a donation fee at 8 p.m. Fat Boys Pizza and Comanche Arts and Antiques across the street will remain open late for business for Comanche’s guests. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn, eight miles north of Comanche in Duncan, #580-252-1500. A new Hampton Inn has just been opened and you might like to check this out as well and the newly renovated Comanche Motel, 580-439-8898. Any questions can be directed to Tonya Holmes Shook at shookum@pldi.net . Border Queen Book Festival
Tonya concludes, "This is my daughter who will be at the Border Queen Book Festival in Comanche, OK March 6-7 as Periwinkle VonSkittlebaum, a real live fairy godmother. She wants to go to the schools again and interact with the children by telling them a story about Odd-Leigh, a little fairy with flaming red hair who was ostracized for being different. The story celebrates differences and tells the children it is all right to be different and that people matter no matter what wrapping they are in. All this is volunteer effort done for the sake of literacy awareness in our corner of the pasture in Oklahoma. Tonya Holmes Shook, Director/Coordinator "

Make believe is for dreamers.
But where do dreamers go?
They hide inside themselves at night
Dreaming impossible goals.

Dreaming is for dreamers.
But dreamers most always cry.
The ruin of dreams that reason pulls
Reflects in a dreamer’s eye.

Their mind is always touring.
A dream around each bend.
A dreamer’s heart weighs heaviest when
A dream is at its end.

Dreamers go on dreaming.
Though logic’s here to stay.
A dreamer’s dream is that when they wake,
All logics gone away.

I wish to be a dreamer.
Dreamer’s dreams fulfill.
Logic has just one way out...
But a dreamer never will!

Shanna Covington-alias
“Periwinkle VonSkittlebaum”

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