And by the way, this was all on a WVU game day-- and Mountaineer football games are always a statewide event (WVU won 35 to 6, for the record.)
I was introduced by Library Manager Julia Todd who pulled it all together, and before I started the workshop, the mayor of Clarksburg, Catherine Goings, who I had just met, came up and gave me a certificate from the city of Clarksburg! And then I got one from the governor of West Virginia. Pretty neat.
The workshop was lots of fun with a wonderful variety of people--professors and high school age students and seniors, published writers and beginners, everyone eager to write, most willing to share, their thoughts if not their writing.
Dear Anna Smucker came to the reading, and Steve and Beth Goff. He's the former WV Writers president. And for the whole day, instigator and informal publicist, money collector for my sales (she brought cash for change) and doyenne of West Virginia literature, the inimitable Phyllis Moore was there. Her license is "BKWORM," and she knows everything about writers and books in West Virginia.
This is the first Italian restaurant I ever went to--it was a big deal for my family to go out at all and to go to Minard's for spaghetti and meatballs (and salad and Italian bread!) was the height of culinary delight. It's still a fine restaurant, recommended to all of you when you go to Clarksburg, West Virginia, where I was born, and where today I felt like I was truly coming home.