The Book Signing, Parade & Fair During Pioneer Days

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A most delicious beginning to a most delicious day. Beth’s Eggs Benedict was the best breakfast of the trip!  I was up at 4:30 am, too excited about the book signing to sleep.

We went to the mural dedication at 11 am.

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This photo doesn’t do justice to how realistic each individual appeared. I could imagine snapping my fingers and them coming to life and leaping off the wall. They were painted by Kelly Meredith, a local artist who has done several breath-stealing murals in the area.

She’s also the President of the Butternut Historical Society and a town council member. And she does it all with a smile. Great great lady! Here she is at the second mural unveiling, where she gave the closing speech and quoted a line from Six Train! It gave me goosebumps. She’s standing with George Faltinosky, a retired schoolteacher who lends a hand whenever and wherever needed.

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Troy Scherwinski, the Village of Butternut President gave the opening speech.

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Walter Fischer, son of the famous wrestler Charlie Fischer, was the keynote speaker for the dedication.

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Despite the rain, there was a wonderful turnout for the mural dedication, “Every Life Tells a Story”.

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People gathered to take pictures with their ancestors in the mural.

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Then we went to the second mural dedication on the side of the Butternut Area Historical Museum.

After the dedication, Dad and I went to the museum to get books and carry them over to Ruth’s Quilt Shop to set up for the signing. It was ten minutes before the signing was set to begin. We opened the door to over a dozen people, waiting to have their books signed. Ruth had set out coffee and her delicious homemade scones.

Jody Scherwinski leapt in to help and between the three of us, we were set up for the signing in record time. Big thank you to Jody–she stayed with us for the entire event and was an absolute lifesaver!

Sorry to say I have no photos of the book signing because it all went so fast! (If anyone has any, please send them my way!)

We had 48 books left to sell and we sold them all. People were purchasing multiple copies. Dad had to stand up and regretfully request that each person only buy one book.  We still sold out early on and had to take preorders!

We sold a total of 58 books and took preorders for 17 more! It was my best signing ever.

Toward the end of the signing, poor Dad had to step away from the cash box and go outside because of an emergency back home. We had no cell service in the building and Mom was texting that our well collapsed in CT! Luckily, Jody jumped in and helped process orders and make change. She’s such a great person.

(BTW on the well front, parents had to drill a new well and set up water storage tanks in basement. Let’s just say I need to sell several thousand more books to help cover that cost.)

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As the signing wrapped up, Ben who helps out at the Historical Society came in and presented me with butternuts. They are the reason Butternut got its name. We took the whole container home and are planning to plant a few in our yard. That way a little of Butternut will always be with me!

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Later that night, Dad and I met up with Kim and John from the Third Story Writers Guild for drinks at the CCC.  Then we headed to AJ’s for dinner–prime rib. Great dinner conversation about Ian Hunter and Buffy.

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And Brennan’s Green Brier to meet Terry Brennan and have another drink. It was the place to be on Saturday night. And the drinking songs. I’m still giggling about them. And trying to figure out how to work them into my next book.

The next morning it was in the 40s/50s. Everyone was dressed for fall. The coldest Pioneer Days’ parade yet people told me. Here is a pic of me and George getting ready to be in the parade! It was so exciting to see all the floats at the school lining up and waiting to make their way down the parade route! Kelly stopped to give me a corsage (it was a lovely lily). I can’t believe she has time to do all these things!

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George went to the local dollar store and got felt letters to spell out “Say Hi to Kourtney” and put it on the driver and passenger side doors. Everyone was saying hi and waving. It was the most awesome moment ever. I’ve never felt some welcomed in my life!

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After the parade, Dad and I went back to the museum to take a few more preorders.

Then we headed up to the fair to meet Kim and her daughter, Lexie.

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We got a few more preorders there too!

Then we went to meet Ken and Lori Kiefer of Deer Haven Lodge. Dad got to feed the deer and we ended up in Glidden for dinner. But first, here’s a shot of us with the black bear.

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We ended up having a delicious meal with Ken and Lori at the Green Lantern. This restaurant had terrific ambience. So much thought and attention was given to every detail of the place.

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And the food. OMG. I loved their fried cheese curds and fish fry! Teresa also placed a preorder with us!

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Then I went back to Munro Manor and sat beside the fire.  Jack and Ella took turns sitting with me and when Beth came home we had a great talk. And that’s how my last night in the Northwoods ended.

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34 Responses to The Book Signing, Parade & Fair During Pioneer Days

  1. Congratulations on a big sales day, Kourtney! That must be a terrific feeling. Thank you for sharing the good news and all of the wonderful photos. Your posts always make me hungry. 🙂

    • Thanks Jill! It was amazing to have people so excited about my book! 🙂 Best feeling in the world. It was such a wonderful trip. Feels like a dream now. LOL. I do love my food photos. 😉

  2. kathils says:

    Sooooo…. what line did she quote in her speech?!!? Thanks for all the food pics. I haven’t had breakfast yet and now my eyes have told my stomach we’re hungry!!! Sounds like you had a fantastic time. Congratulations on the success of Six Train!

    • LOL. It was the line about Butternut being a town that was waiting for its moment. 🙂 Glad to help move you along toward breakfast. Best week ever. Aw thank you! It wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing people of Butternut. 🙂

  3. What an amazing journey. How wonderful to know this quintessential small town friendliness still exists in real life (and not just in books and movies)! And the celebrity treatment! These are moments you’ll never forget. I’m so happy to hear you sold out of books and were forced to take orders, and more orders, everywhere you went. Thanks for sharing the details of your trip, and these fantastic photos that helped it all come to life.

    • It was like I was given a glimpse of the very best in people. Something you rarely see. And yet this town is brimming with it. They were so gracious and so welcoming. I’ll never forget a moment of my time there. And I’ll definitely go back again. It was crazy unexpected. We thought we were being optimistic with 58 copies. The most I ever sold in one signing was 38. LOL. It was a wonderful wonderful time for me and Six Train. Aw, I really wanted to show what a special place Butternut is. I hoped I captured 1/10th of it.

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    58 sold and 17+ preorders? Way to go, Kourtney!

  5. Mae Clair says:

    What an amazing time! You rocked it!! And so did Butternut!! Congrats!

  6. Maxine Kleinsteiber says:

    Those butternuts are from Jeannie’s backyard where the squirrels and deer roam. It is common for all sorts of wildlife to wander the village after dark, sometimes a few people do, too!

  7. Sounds like an utter blast! Glad you had fun. Looks like a great time.

    • Thanks Kitt. It was the best author experience to date. An absolute extravaganza. And I have never met more amazing people. They showed me how kind and generous human beings can be. 🙂

  8. wawmauro says:

    Kourtney,
    It has been such fun reading about your trip I’m sure I’m going to recognize some of these places in you next book! Glad you had this wonderful experience.

    • Aw thanks Wendy! LOL. You definitely will notice some of these places in the sequel. I foresee a dinner at The Green Lantern and a trip to Butternut Lake in Kai and Oliver’s future. 🙂 I felt really blessed to be there. 🙂

  9. K. Lyn Wurth says:

    I love the update and pictures. Sounds like you’re going to end up on that mural…what’s it like being a parade star?!? So cool. Thanks for sharing! And way to sell books…

    • Thanks! I really wanted to capture as much of the trip as I could here. LOL. I wish. There are so many others that deserve a spot there before me–Maxine and Jeannie and George and Ruth and Kelly and Jody and Troy and Walter. I really want to thank everyone for a wonderful wonderful time. I learned so much. OMG, I get so nervous being the center of attention–my biggest fear was tumbling backwards out of the car. But George was the smoothest driver and I remained upright. It was wow. Having so many people say hi and wave to me. I couldn’t believe this was really happening to me! 🙂 That was some amazing word of mouth at work that sold so many books. 🙂

  10. jmmcdowell says:

    Yeah, Go Pack! 😀 Sorry, had to sneak that in there. I’m not really a football fan, but hubs is from near Green Bay. 😉

    Your photos bring back lots of memories of the North Woods, and it’s great that you had such a wonderful time. When you think about how small the community is, that was a GREAT sales percentage!

    Real cheese curds. Sigh. You just can’t get them anywhere else. 🙂

    • LOL. Understandably. 😉

      That’s awesome that the pics sparked memories of good times. All I can say is I had 100 times more fun than the pictures could capture. Indeed. The bookstore in Park Falls has bought 48 copies of my book. We sold 88 at events. That’s a huge percentage and more than we ever thought possible.

      Please, the loss of them is still so profound. Sniff. sniff. I must get back up there next summer. 🙂

  11. Sandra Tansley says:

    Great Food Nice People. You Really Were A CelebriTy. Id Like To Visit There. It Seems So Nice. Congrats On Your Book Sales. Read It. Fabulous Writing. When Is Sequel?

    • They really welcomed me into their community and made me feel special. It’s worth a roadtrip to their corner of the Northwoods. Thanks! I was delighted to find such a great audience there. LOL. Sequel is ruminating in my brain. Hoping to outline something soon. 🙂

  12. Kate is says:

    I am just back from breakfast and had those very eggs. 🙂
    It’s is wonderful Kourtney. Thank you for letting his introvert live vicariously though your trip.

  13. Yatin says:

    Wow that sounds like a productive day with loads of fun!! 🙂

    • It was a great time. Amazing book sales, cool people, and my first time being the main event in a the parade car. When I was a kid, my grandpa was in politics so he would sometimes take one of the grandkids to ride in the parade with him.

  14. EllaDee says:

    Thank goodness just looking at food photos isn’t calorific… Beth’s Eggs Benedict and the fried cheese curds look fantastic. The star though was the photo of you in the Say Hi to Kourtney car… you sold so many books I think because you made it so personal… who could resist 🙂

    • Seriously, otherwise I’d be 600 lbs.;) They were worth every calorie. Wasn’t that amazing? George went above and beyond for me. But completely typical of Butternutians. LOL. Aw thank you. 🙂

  15. Debra Kristi says:

    Wow! Looks fantastic, Kourtney! Congratulations on all the book sales. How fun to be in the parade like that., not to mention all the other fun things you did. You have such a great Dad. 🙂

  16. Pete Denton says:

    Fantastic book signing news. They’re brilliant numbers. Love the drive through with your name on the side of the car. Great touch 🙂

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