Days Eleven/Twelve

After a second restful night at the comfortable Brookville Inn, it was on to the town of Aurora, on the Ohio River. We had plenty of free time since the event wasn’t until the evening, so right after we checked into the cozy Herman Leive House, we visited the Hillforest Mansion, home of wealthy industrialist Thomas Gaff. Beautiful furnishings, plus a display of period wedding gowns, made it a fascinating trip back in time. Gaff could afford the very best, and the mansion is stunning, but there was no indoor plumbing, no running water, and no toilets. Instead, this rich family used chamber pots and a 3-seat privy behind the house. Forget the good old days; I want my modern bathrooms.

Outside the Hillforest Victorian House Museum

Outside the Hillforest Victorian House Museum

That evening, I spoke at the Aurora Public Library, where I met Director Mary Alice Horton, who did an amazing job getting the word out about my appearance, which drew an audience of nearly 60. The library staff had even featured my books on a parade float the week before, decorated with big displays of my “books”!

Parade float featuring my books!

Parade float featuring my books!

With Mary Alice Horton, posing next to one of the parade displays.

With Mary Alice Horton, posing next to one of the parade displays.

With librarian Kim Batchelor

With librarian Kim Batchelor

Afterwards, Hubby and I had the pleasure of sipping margaritas with Mary Alice and her daughter Michaela at a local Mexican eatery. (I’m a San Diego girl, and anything with salsa is my kind of food.)

with Mary Alice and her daughter Michaela.

with Mary Alice and her daughter Michaela.

The next day, Aurora Library hosted a second event at the Dearborn Country Club, where a room full of library board members, Friends, and patrons joined me at dinner.

Dearborn Country Club dinner

Dearborn Country Club dinner

On the dessert table were specially designed cupcakes with my book covers, courtesy of librarian Kim Batchelor (who almost lost them all when a sudden traffic stop sent them flying in her car!)

Tess cupcakes

Tess cupcakes

A grand evening, made possible by the staff of the Aurora Public Library!

Staff of the Aurora Public Library.

Staff of the Aurora Public Library.

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