We drove south, past Fort Wayne, into the town of Huntington where we arrived early enough to pay a visit to the Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Museum, where there’s a fine exhibit of VP memorabilia all the way back to John Adams. Far more fascinating than I ever expected, it’s worth a visit for the whirlwind history lesson, including the origin of the term “Gerrymandering.” That’s where I picked up a copy of Dick Wolfsie’s “Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff” — the perfect travel companion for the next two weeks.
At Huntington Public Library, I was treated to lunch with the board members, and got my first taste of an Indiana favorite treat, Sugar Cream Pie. Yum, but oh what a sugar hit! I also heard a slightly naughtier origin story for the word Hoosier. “It’s because there was so much hanky panky here in the old days, you’d often hear the question: “Who’s yer Daddy?” (That was said to me in all seriousness.)
Another jam-packed event with 90+ people and over 100 books sold!
A quick drive brought me to Bluffton, where I met the Wells County Public Library staff for dinner,and then arrived at the library to find my name — literally — in lights.
Emily Marshall (Community Relations) and Director Stephanie Davis had the library decked out in “Bone Garden” theme, complete with a little garden decorated with bones, a bone hunt, and posters everywhere.
While waiting for the program to start, I also got to hang out with a pair of young readers who’d never met an author before:
Another amazing event — over 100 in the audience, and Barnes and Noble was there to sell books.
So now I’m unwinding with a glass of wine in my hotel room, resting up for a big day tomorrow — a visit to THREE libraries.