It’s going to be a busy day today! Maybe I’ll see you somewhere along the way!
First, I’m going to my radio broadcast studio at the beautiful Berkshire Crowne Plaza Hotel in the heart of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts to meet up with my Senior Producer, Dave Isby. You’ll find the stud-muffin’s photo below. We’ll produce our live three-hour show, Travelers411, that broadcasts nationally coast to coast. Photo of the Berkshire Crowne Plaza, above, shows the guest room tower and the indoor pool area in the foreground that brings the outside in!
Today, our guests include Fridrik Palsson, the owner of the hotel Ranga in Iceland and then we go off to California to talk with the talented Phil Proctor, actor/performer, about where his travels are taking him to on tour. From there we go to Arizona to explore Lake Powell and Mesa Verde and then onward to The Lodge at Grand Lake in Grand Lake, Colorado for a chat with Jeff Larson, the lodge’s general manager, and we’ll meet up with Kacey Beres, the Executive Director of the Grand lake Area Chamber of Commerce. I got interested in Grand Lake after the reports this week about the young moose who wandered into town and was smitten with the statue of a moose that someone had put out on display. When I checked out the town I found that it is “Berkshire County X 10!” Huge lake and majestic mountains make this place an outdoor-lover’s must visit destination. So between Iceland, California and Phil Proctor’s plans to be in Kansas City and elsewhere on tour, and Arizona and Colorado, we’ll be dashing around the globe today!
When we finish the show today, I will leave Dave Isby, photo above, and head for the Norman Rockwell Museum where the Snow White Exhibit opens today. Ironically, I was at the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco in March and interviewed the curator and others associated with this exhibit when it was at its home in the museum in the Presidio’s 1500 acre park that used to be a US military base. The interview can be heard by visiting the show notes for that broadcast and clicking on HOUR 2 in either mp3 or Windows Media format: http://www.sabrams.com/showNotes/shownotes.php?showID=000144. My guest when we were at the Disney Family Museum, Anel Muller, told me that she would be accompanying the Snow White Exhibit in the truck that would carry it to Berkshire County and I hope to see her today at the Norman Rockwell Museum when it opens.
In the photo below, you’ll see Mrs. Peter Rockwell, left, and, on the right, me with Peter Rockwell, son of Norman Rockwell, America’s premier illustrator. Peter is a sculptor and lives with his family in Rome where he settled shortly after his graduation from college. Having gone to Italy to expand his study of art, Peter and his wife fell in love with Rome and Italy and settled in. Who can blame them?!? The Rockwell Museum is about 5 miles from my radio studio and is located in Stockbridge, MA, a town whose name you may recognize if you are unfamiliar with Berkshire County, from James Taylor’s lyrics from the song, “Sweet Baby James” in which he mentions the ‘road to Stockbridge.’ James Taylor is a local resident. You will notice as you visit Berkshire County and learn more about its past and present residents that the region is a magnet for creative people. When you get here you’ll know why at once! Inspirational on ever level!
I’ll have about 90 minutes to invest enjoying the Snow White Exhibit at the NRM, but I live locally and am a member of the museum so I can pop in anytime as it will be here into October, and to grab a bite on their lovely terrace just off of their gift shop (don’t miss that experience. . .it’s almost as much fun as the museum itself!) and then I’m off to participate in my first “Writer’s Day” event at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s library where you’ll find a large area of circulating books, a Berkshire Authors Room where you can read books by local authors on site but that don’t circulate, a wonderful children’s room library, and the Melville Room where historic documents and books related to Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick and so many other well known books are archived and available for visitors and Melville scholars who come from all over the world to do their research. Melville’s home, Arrowhead, is about 3 miles from the library and is open to visitors on a schedule but you can drive/walk around the house and grounds if you get there and the house is closed.
At the Berkshire Athenaeum, I am told that Berkshire County authors will be presenting information about their works and the process that brought them to the finished process. This is my first time participating so I’ll find out what it is while I’m doing it and will let you know! Below is a photo from my first Meet the Author and Book Signing at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Pittsfield, off of Hubbard Avenue, and we had people coming and going over a three hour period with standing room only at a number of points. The subject, of course, was centered around my first novel, RUMORS, which is getting amazing reviews. Check out the reviews at Amazon.com at this link, at Barnes and Noble by clicking here and at Goodreads.com where I am proud to be designated a Goodreads Author! Hot stuff. All three places have reviews of RUMORS, some by individuals who have read the novel and some by very serious book review bloggers who have reviewed hundreds or thousands of books. These are serious readers and their reviews of RUMORS has been spectacular so I know you are going to love it!
I will be appearing at the Berkshire Athenaeum next week, June 15th, starting at 2pm, to discuss RUMORS, my novel of scandals, conspiracies, lies, lust, and intrigue that is all wrapped up in rumors, the writing process, and, of course, will answer any of your travel questions or question any of your travel answers!
On June 22, starting at 2pm, I’ll be doing a Meet the Author/Book Signing at The Bookstore on Housatonic Street in Lenox, MA. This bookstore and its owner are straight out of the film “You’ve Got Mail,” in which you step into the special space of a landmark building in an historic town, browse around and swan around and, if you ask the owner, Matt Tannenbaum, any question about the books or authors in his shop, or you bring the items you’ve chosen to purchase to his desk to check out of the store, you’re in for a treat similar to the conversations you heard in the little book shop that Meg Ryan inherited and continued to run, carrying on her mother’s tradition of making a visit to the bookstore a personal and memorable experience.
I hope you’ll come and visit with me today and next Saturday, June 15th, at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, starting at 2 pm when I will do a solo Meet the Author in the library’s auditorium; June 22nd at The Bookstore in historic Lenox, MA starting at 2pm; and put on your calendar that I’ll be back at Barnes and Noble in Pittsfield, MA, shown above, on July 13th starting at 1:30pm. (Barnes and Noble is having me back so I can do this again and again until I get it right!). Come and be with us or we’ll talk about you!
Have to get into high gear and start moving now so I get to my studio with some lead time rather than sliding through the door as the show’s theme song is blaring! Dave hates that!
You can hear Travelers411 streaming live at sAbrams.com if you don’t have a local affiliate near you. Go to the right side of the home page here at sAbrams.com under Travelers411 and click on Listen Now between 10am and 1pm Eastern Time. I can’t wait to share my interview with Fridrik Palsson, live from Iceland, with you. Dazzles the imagination to own a hotel in Iceland. Inspires questions! Now we hope the Electronic Gods are on our side so it all goes smooth as ice!
Catch up with you later!