Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beatles At The Ridge

Walnut Ridge Airport
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, is a small town that celebrates the Beatles event that occurred there in 1964 and it is a true celebration. The event is FREE, the parking is FREE and the memories are priceless. This event is near and dear to my heart, not just because it's about The Beatles, but because of the genuine intent of the citizens to conduct a festival that benefits the entire community. Through the hard work and vision of its mayor, Charles Snapp, this Beatles festival has received critical acclaim around the world, notably, it was named by USA Today as one of the best Beatles places to visit.
My descriptions of the festival would result in a Mark Lewisohn-type tome, so instead of filling the page with words, I'd like to share the Artists & Authors Symposium schedule and show you what you are in for this weekend! You can also hear Mayor Snapp and his sister, Carrie Mae, on an episode of Recipe Records Radio Show - link is below. Hope to see you at The Ridge!

Radio show:
Tune in to hear my interview from 2013 with Charles and Carrie Mae Snapp of Walnut Ridge:

The Beatles & Fats Domino
Fats was a great early influence 

FRIDAY, 16 September 2016
2:00 p.m. – Displays open for viewing at “The Studio”

4:30 p.m. – “Meet and Greet” reception with all authors and artists present

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at “The Studio”
Featured Author Jude Southerland Kessler
Jude & Ivor

Jude Southerland Kessler will start with an introduction of this year’s artists and authors, then follow with presenting a multi-media show: “Lennon’s Liverpool: The Beginnings of The Beatles”Jude is the author of three books (of what is to be a nine book series) on the life of John Lennon: “Shoulda Been There,” “Shivering Inside,” and “She Loves You”. She is currently working on Volume 4, “Should’ve Known Better.” 

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at “The Studio”
Featured Author Ivor Davis
Ivor Davis
Ivor Davis who toured with The Beatles in 1964 and wrote “The Beatles and Me Our Tour” will present: “The Sixties: Eyewitness to History: From The Beatles to Bobby Kennedy”
In 1964, Ivor Davis was hand-selected to accompany The Beatles on their North American Tour and was the only journalist with the group for all 34 action-packed days. Davis was also the only newspaper writer invited to accompany the Beatles for the amazing “Rock and Roll Summit” when the Beatles finally met Elvis Presley in Los Angeles on 27 August 1965 – 50 years ago this Summer. In 2014, Davis broke his long silence and shared the “rowdy and riotous” memories of that historical summer trek in a fast-paced book entitled The Beatles and Me on Tour.

7:30 p.m. – Book signing for Ivor and all authors. Artists also available to sign their works.

SATURDAY, 17 September, 2016

All Authors will have their books for sale in the MarketPlace throughout the day

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at “The Studio”
Studio Walking Tour of “Meet the Look-Alikes”
Ken Orth will giving a walking tour of Meet the Look-Alikes, a collection of artwork that parodies The Beatles’ album covers, followed by coffee and a Q&A session.

Ken Orth and Carol Sanders
"Meet the Look-Alikes" Collection

10:15 a.m. – Noon at “The Studio”
Book Release Party & Presentation

Sara Schmidt

Book Release Party for Sara Schmidt’s “Happiness is Seeing the Beatles: The Beatles in St. Louis.” Join us for cake and coffee and a celebration of this new Beatles author! The party will be followed immediately with Sara’s Presentation: “The Beatles in St. Louis,” with a Q&A and book signing to follow!

Noon – 1:15 p.m. at “The Studio”
Lunch and Learn with Aaron Krerowicz

Aaron Krerowicz

Aaron Krerowicz, author of “Days in the Life” will present: “The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.” This 60-minute multimedia presentation will compare and contrast the two through musical examples and interviews with the band members. Please bring your lunch and enjoy it during the presentation. Q&A and book signing to follow!

1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at “The Studio”
“Good Ol’ Freda” Film

Jude Southerland Kessler of The John Lennon Series will briefly discuss Freda Kelly’s role as Official Fan Club Secretary for the Beatles and Freda’s 12 years as a NEMS employee with Brian Epstein, followed by a showing of the award-winning film, “Good Ol’ Freda.”

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Street Vendor Area
“The Secret Stories Buttons Tell”
Lisa Harp's Beatles Button Rings
Antique Button Jewelry Artist, Lisa Harp will present “The Secret Stories Buttons Tell”

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at “The Studio”
“Sing Along with Cameron Hicks”

Cameron Hicks & Ivor Davis

Stay after Freda’s film & have fun singing your favorite Beatles songs, led by Cameron Hicks!

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at “The Studio”
“Tea and Scones” with Lanea Stagg

Enjoy a British tea with scones and lemon curd with Lanea Stagg followed by her presentation: “A Day in the Life of a Beatle!” Q&A on foods The Beatles loved and book signing will follow.

Fire Departments are Hot!
All Authors will collect donations
to benefit Walnut Ridge's Fire

Rande Kessler Sculpture
and Art Will Be On Display

Festive Maryjane Callahan & Lanea

Jude Kessler & John Lennon

Bud Loveall's Beatles Booth
Is A #1 Hit!
"The Octopus's Garden"
by Jon Fuchs
available at Recipe Records Booth

"Martha My Dear" Exclusive Print
for Beatles at the Ridge by Jon Fuchs
Available at Recipe Records Booth

Liverpool Legends 
Performs Free Concert at 7:30 p.m.

Liverpool Legends

You have the chance to win a Fire tablet by attending the presentations!

The Argenta Collection

An incredible photographic display, The Argenta Collection, will be on display all day Friday and Saturday in The Studio.

Would you like a spot of tea?
Cheers, Love!
My British Tea will be held at Beatles at the Ridge on Saturday, September 17 at 4:00 pm

Mrs. McCartney's Tea
The exceptional Angie McCartney sends her love 'from me to you' through a videotape message created just for my audience. You will be able to hear all about Beatles stuff, 'take tea,' enjoy scones and lemon curd and perhaps schmooze with a surprise guest!
Maharishi Peach
(which didn't last long)

Check out Mrs. McCartney's magnificent teas --and also her wines. I am a HUGE fan of her libations! A short supply of her teas will be available for purchase at my presentation.

Were The Beatles the Original Millennials?

That's a very interesting question to ponder. I will be taking a look at this thought at Willard Library on Monday, September 26, 6 pm - 8 pm. Join me for some delicious samples and to hear a comparison of the Fabs to our modern day millennials! 

Sign up for the program here:

BRITBEAT SHOW - OCTOBER 1:  Indiana Theatre, Terre Haute

Back by popular demand! BritBeat – A Multimedia Concert Journey Through Beatles Music History returns to The Indiana Theatre October 1, 2016. 
Join BritBeat along with Fred Whitfield as ‘Ed Sullivan’ and experience a theatrical recreation concert celebrating the greatest rock and roll group of all time, The Beatles. It is their look, sound, mannerisms, accents, costuming and instrumentation, coupled with the Beatles’ iconic vocal harmonies for the ultimate Beatles tribute concert. 
Take a trip through the ascending eras of Beatles’ music history including the Cavern Club, Ed Sullivan, Shea Stadium, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road. Within the concert is award winning multimedia as you’ll experience the music, the moods and emotions of the 1960s with a stunning backdrop of projected images and video that will immerse you in a fantastic journey back in time and channel you back to the Beatles’ historic explosion onto the pop culture and music scenes in the turbulent decade of the sixties.
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Peace & Love,
Lanea Stagg
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Grey Stone - Evansville Local Authors Episode #10

Once again, you are invited to get acquainted with two Evansville authors who are celebrating the release of their young adult fantasy novel, Grey Stone. Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy gained inspiration from their children, spouses and a keen sense imagination to pen this brilliant fantasy which was published as a result of winning a contest with Ink Smith Publishing. The talented writers will be on my radio show today! Please tune in and call the show to ask questions - link is below.
Jean Knight Pace also has essays and short stories published in Puerto del Sol, The Lakeview Review, and other literary magazines. She lives in Indiana with her husband, four children, 6 ducks, and a cat. 
Jacob Kennedy is an ER doctor who dreams werewolves and tournaments in his free time. Read more about the duo below.

But back to the story.....
In the land of the great red sun, wolf-shifters reign—able to wield magic and shift form at will while privileged wolves serve them. Dogs rove through the woods in packs speaking, singing, and scavenging—afraid to befriend the humans who live repressed. As the lowest of all four races, the humans work at mines, fashion metals, and send over half their gains to the wolf-shifting king.
However, when Pietre, an impoverished human boy, finds an unusual, orphaned pup in the woods and the wolf-shifting prince is sent to arrest the boy’s father soon after, both boy and prince begin to realize that obeying the rules might be just as dangerous as breaking them. Unfortunately, breaking the rules means they’ll have to learn to work together if they want to change their world before it turns on them. 

Jean and Jacob will be on my radio show Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. CST! Tune in live or listen to the archived show immediately following (same link):

Meet Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy:

Jean Knight Pace
This is the first book for both of us. We drew a lot of inspiration from our families and our love of reading. A lot of people ask how it works with two writers. I don’t know how it works for other people, but this is what we did for this book. Jake came to me with an idea he’d had and asked if I was interested in developing it with him. I thought it was a great idea and was loving all the fantasy books my son was bringing home. For the first draft, Jake and I would get together once a week or so to develop the story and hammer out ideas, then I would go home to write a chapter or chapters for what we’d talked about that. Then of course came the editing and the selling of the book. That took a while.
Jacob Kennedy
We actually sold the book to our publisher by entering a contest hosted by Ink Smith Publishing. And then we won! It was a fun and surreal experience. I actually entered the contest on second-to-last possible day (on Halloween actually). And then I kind of forgot I’d entered it, because winning a contest seemed like such a long shot. Then that December I was working on the next book we were doing and out of the blue I thought, “Hey, that contest should have the results out by now.” I hadn’t received an email or anything, so I just went to the website to see who had won. I scrolled down from third place to second to first. And there we were. It seemed unreal. I was like, “Why haven’t I gotten an email about this?” So I hopped over to my email and there was a message from them—I’d received it in the last two hours. The whole thing was just crazy. And fun.

How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?  

The idea for this book was Jake’s. His wife had a dream about his daughter’s teacher becoming a werewolf and saving his daughter (so… a dream about a good werewolf). From this, Jake got the idea to write a book about wolves, dogs, werewolves, and a girl. It was a piece of magical realism (monster style)—a regular girl living a normal life in a small town—until strange things start to happen and she begins to realize that there are werewolves in her town. But that story had tons of back story about a different world where werewolves reigned—some good, some bad. When Jake sent me a few of his ideas, I couldn’t help but feel that the back story could also be its own book. That’s how Grey Stone was born (and, yes, you should stay tuned because we are working on the companion book—the one about the girl—right now).

We started the book in 2012, so it took about 2 ½ years to write and then some time to tweak after that.  

Jean and Jacob will be at BARNES & NOBLE 
Evansville, Indiana
This Saturday, August 20
3:30 p.m.

Find the authors at these links:

Twitter: (@jeanknightpace)
Jean also writes a food blog:

Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana

Our Evansville Local Authors group is giving a series of presentations which is sponsored by Willard Library! You can register on Willard's website to attend the presentations. (guess who's giving a presentation on The Beatles in September ;)

Willard Library Presents: Evansville Local Authors Series Schedule:

August    22, 6 pm – 8 pm:   Carolyn Howard
Author of “The Cliffords & Mr. Orr” – A snapshot of life in Evansville, Indiana from 1915 to 1920
A presentation that outlines the valiant services performed by the men and women of Evansville during World War One. Learn about rationing, the American Red Cross, meatless days, gasless days and the Spanish Influenza pandemic that affected millions world-wide.

September   26, 6 pm – 8 pm:   Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records – A Culinary Tribute to The Beatles
The author of the Recipe Records cookbook series, Lanea Stagg will spend the evening discussing the question:  “Were The Beatles the Original Millennials?”
Listen to a history of the Fab Four and their behavior during their formative years and compare it to today’s phenomenon: The Millennials! The presentation will include audio/video displays along with samples from Recipe Records-A Culinary Tribute to The Beatles. Beatles fans and millennials who are curious about the group are going to Love It – Yeah Yeah Yeah!

October   24, 6 pm – 8 pm:  Rick Kueber and C. A. Jamison
Rick is the author of the “Frost & Flame” trilogy and “The Convergence Saga” sci-fi series
Jamison is the author of “Polarity – Children of the Orb”
Kueber’s “Frost and Flame” trilogy mentions Willard Library in book 2. Kueber will speak about his books along with a viewing of photographic evidence of hauntings; also audio clips of spectral voices. Kueber will also be speaking about his Science Fiction series – “The Convergence Saga.”
Jamison’s YA sci-fi book will be discussed along with a new horror-ish book she is releasing in October.  *May include an appearance by the Evansville Paranormal Team.

November  28, 6 pm – 8 pm:  Evansville Local Children’s Authors:

Patricia Easley – Author of 13 books for children such as “The Mighty Mascot Miss ODee” – Evansville’s Freedom Heritage Museum’s canine mascot
Donna Hendricks – Author of “We’re Combing the Beaches and Doing Projects”
Lanea Stagg – Author of “Little Dog in the Sun” and “Little Dog About Town-An Evansville Tail”
The children’s authors will each give a presentation about their books and encourage holiday shoppers to give the gift of books to children!

January  23, 6 pm – 8 pm:   Teen Night!
Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy – authors of “Grey Stone”
The pair will chat about their book and also give a presentation for teens. They will talk about the process of creating a book of fantasy--how to get ideas for books, develop them, and refine them. During the course of this discussion, small writing exercises will keep the teens engaged and to get them writing some of their own ideas. Middle school/High schools are invited to attend!

February  27, 6 pm – 8pm:  LOVE of Poetry!
Honey Angela Williams – author  “Life More Abundantly and Other Powerful & Inspiring Works”
M. Dianne Berry – author of “Things Happen When Women Dream”
Two prolific Evansville poets will discuss their published works and also recite poetry to celebrate the month of LOVE!
An extra treat will be the appearance of Evansville musicians, “The Honey Vines” who will join the evening to discuss writing song lyrics – which is really … POETRY!


Peace & Love,
Lanea Stagg
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Sean Redenbaugh - Evansville Local Author Series, Episode #9

Sean Redenbaugh will appear on my next radio show to talk about his debut fiction novel, Sunlight Parted. Thank you again for tuning into this terrific series - my stats have been off the charts!
Please check the schedule below for upcoming Evansville Local Author events. We will be appearing at Haynie's Corner First Fridays Event - next Friday evening. Fun will be had by all, so check out the festivities! 

Tune in live tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. CST at this link:
If you can't listen live, the archived episode is available at the same link (after the show closes around 5 pm)

Evansville Local Authors can be found on Facebook:


Sean Redenbaugh:

I am from a tiny town in west central Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University.  I used to be a professional photographer in Evansville for 7 years.  I currently write computer code during the day and fiction by night.  I am an avid book collector and reader.  I have published a poetry and photography compendium titled Distant Lands of Solitude and a fiction novel titled Sunlight Parted.  Sunlight Parted has received great reviews and was included on a list of the best Indie books of 2015, according to Phoenix Publishing Group.  Cara Lockwood, 12-time author and USA Bestseller wrote:  

"Sunlight Parted is an amazing love story without being sappy or too saccharin, it draws the reader in with high emotional stakes and an incredibly interesting take on life and death. I found it so meaningful, I got teary at the end! Books don’t usually affect me so directly, but this packs a heck of an emotional punch. Bravo!"

I am 36 and married and in love with my wife Amanda (graphic designer for Evansville Living magazine) and my dachshund, Spades.  I am an avid golfer as well.  
There is more on my bio page here if you want to look:

Sean has recently begun the process of turning his book Sunlight Parted into a movie script, with the help of long-time friend and Hollywood actress Katie Glover.  Check her out on!  Together, they are planning a production company to do creative projects, their first being to turn this story into an Indie Film.  It is their plan to film it mostly in the Midwest, using local Evansville talent and locations whenever possible.  This project is in the beginning stages, so keep your ears and eyes open for more information about it.  

The book is available locally at Barnes and Noble on Green River, and at River City Mercantile on Main Street.  Available online at,,, and pretty much anywhere else that sells books.
Also in the kindle and e-book stores.

Evansville Local Authors

Mark your calendar for future Evansville Local Author Events:

Thursday, August 4 - Hot Summer Facebook Party  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Like the Facebook page for Evansville Local Authors and join the party. Interviews with the authors, give aways and refreshing fun!

Friday, August 5 - Arts Council First Fridays Event -- Haynie's Corner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The ELA table will be located near Patchwork Central

Monday, August 22 - Willard Library Presents: Evansville Local Author Series
Kickoff with Carolyn Howard, author of "The Cliffords and Mr. Orr"

Peace & Love,
Lanea Stagg
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