It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Theresa Schimmel


Schimmel book cover

On their annual summer visit to the Watch Hill Carousel, Otto and Thora are excited to try for the brass ring that will earn a free ride. But when Otto retrieves the brass ring and decides to keep it, he has no way of knowing that its magical power will take him and his twin sister into the carousel panel paintings, where they will experience thrilling adventures.

The Carousel Adventure features the Watch Hill Carousel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.  Believed to be the oldest continuously operating carousel in the country, it consists of twenty wooden horses with real horse hair tails and manes. Suspended from rods with no platform, the horses seem to ‘fly’ through the air as the carousel turns.  In the center of the carousel are large painted panels, reproductions of famous 19th- and 20th-century paintings. The illustrator of the book’s cover, Gary Anderson, painted the panels on the Watch Hill Carousel and refurbishes the horses.

A hard cover book, The Carousel Adventure will keep children riveted as they experience the exciting adventures of Thora and Otto in each chapter. The book is designed to both entertain and educate. Reproductions of the carousel’s paintings are depicted at the beginning of each chapter with non-fiction pages on the paintings’ subject matter at the end of each chapter.

Schimmel

The author of three other children’s books and an adult novel, Theresa Schimmel is a former teacher and educational consultant. Her short stories and poems have been featured and won awards in literary magazines and newspapers. She is a member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors. Married with two adult sons and two grandchildren, she resides in Rhode Island with her husband, Steve. Her books can be purchased through www.tamstales.net .

OPPORTUNITY! The author has offered to discount her book by 50% (from $24.95 to $12.50) to one winner. When you comment on this blog post, be sure to indicate if you want to enter the drawing. One winner will be chosen at random and the author will contact you directly. Contest ends one week after publication. US residents only, please.

 

J is for Tom Jones


No, not that Tom Jones.  Too bad, because he’s at the top of my list – one of the best voices ever.  Back in 1969, I didn’t understand why women tossed their underwear on stage when he sang.  Come on, I was eleven.  I get it now.

 

 

This is the one, the “other” Tom Jones.  His best-known musical, for which he wrote the lyrics, is “The Fantasticks.”  I would imagine just about every high school theatre department has put on a production of “The Fantasticks.”   Some beautiful songs emerged from this long-running musical, including “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and “Much More.”  But one song rose above the others:  “Try to Remember,” with words like fellow, billow, pillowwillow, and of course, follow.

My sister taught me this song while we’d stand at the end of our long driveway, waiting for the school bus.  We lived in Johnston then, when it was still rural, and our white house sat way back from the road, which was actually US Route 6.  There was a reservoir across the road, but because the road was a highway, we couldn’t cross it.  Ever.  My sister must have been taught the song by our mother.  I also heard it on the radio, WLKW in the morning.  We’d mimic all the ‘follows,’ giggling through it.  When I listen to it now, my heart is full of memories.

The first person to sing this song on Broadway was Jerry Orbach, before he became known to television viewers through Law & Order.  Others who have sung it include Andy Williams, Harry Belafonte, Julie Andrews, and The Brothers Four.  Here is Ed Ames singing – he made it famous on Broadway and on the radio.