Fun Day!

I had a great time at Gare Fest, a meeting of professionals who own paint-your-own-pottery studios around the country. It was run by Gare, in Haverhill, MA, a leading supplier of ceramics supplies: When I walked in the building, I was amazed by the variety of colorful, appealing ceramics projects.

In my session I read 3 of my picture books–Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster, What’s Up With this Chicken?, and Don’t Call Me Sidney–and suggested accompanying story hour activities. It was such fun to present to friendly, creative people, and when Robyn Pierce, the marketing director, announced that each participant would receive a copy of Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster, I was delighted to hear the crowd cheer as if Oprah were giving out prizes.

Signing books for Gare Fest participants

Signing books for Gare Fest participants


People in line were very patient--especially because lunch was being served!

People in line were very patient–especially because lunch was being served!






To top it all off, I went home with an adorable memento–a mug featuring Esther the purple gorilla–front and rear views–custom-made by talented Gare sculptor, Robert!

Esther's Hanukkah Disaster by Jane Sutton

Esther in Book Form


Amazing resemblance!

Amazing resemblance!




Back of mug: so cute!

Back of mug: so cute!

Aww...Jane loves Gare too!

Awww…Jane loves Gare, too!

4 Responses to “Fun Day!”

  1. Natalie Sforza

    Yay, Janie! Congratulations on such a fun and successful event!
    The back of the mug makes me smile!


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