“Winnie the Pooh.” “The Wizard of Oz.” “Peter Pan.”
We’ve all read these classics to our children and grandchildren. Just like our parents did for us.
It’s exciting to spend time in Hundred-Acre Wood. The Land of Oz. And Neverland. It never gets old. And never falls out of fashion.
But, why not mix things up a little? Try something totally different at bedtime? Share something that no other child has heard as they drift off to dreamland?
You can actually write your own bedtime story. One where your child is the star, surrounded by a supporting cast of family members, friends, pets and familiar places.
Join local authors Marie Mitchell and Mason Smith (“Squatch Watch and Other Stories,” “UFO: Unidentified Feathered Object,” “48 Hours,” “The Lost Dispatch”) for “Once Upon A Time: Personalizing Bedtime Stories.” They’ll guide you through developing your own personalized story for a young reader.
“We wrote stories for all four of our children for birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions,” Smith says. “It was fun to see their reaction as they recognized people and places in the story.”
“When Ingrid was younger, playing the violin and dancing around the house in her fairy wings, we wrote a short story for her about a lost fairy searching for a way to get home,” Mitchell says. “Of course, Ingrid saves the day by playing a tune that helps the fairy find her way back.”
“We’ve written several stories about Ruby’s black bunny, Trinity,” Smith says. “Our fictional one, named Ambrose, is a very brave bunny who solves mysteries. He foiled Oscar (the stuffed) Owl’s diabolical plan to devour the entire family.”
“Marlowe’s stories generally revolve around soccer,” Mitchell says, “since that’s been his enduring and endearing passion since he was four.”
“And you never get too old to enjoy a personalized story,” Smith says. “We wrote one for our oldest son, Mitchell, a few years ago when he was attending Centre College. It was about a building on campus that was allegedly haunted.”
“The fun thing about writing is you can make your favorite children, and yourself, heroes — with superpowers if you want. It’s up to you to weave their interests into a compelling story that brings you closer together,” Mitchell says.
The four week class, “Once Upon A Time: Personalizing Bedtime Stories,” begins Thursday, Jan. 9. Time: 7-8:30 p.m. at Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St. Cost: $45. Sign up by calling: 624-4242.
“Winnie the Pooh.” “The Wizard of Oz.” “Peter Pan.”
Puppet parade planned Saturday in Berea
The city of Berea will be celebrating Puppets in the Park on Saturday as part of the National Day of Puppetry.
Central choir enjoys week in The Big Apple
The Madison Central High School Choir brought Kentucky to The Big Apple on Wednesday with a rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home” and a cheer for the University of Kentucky Wildcats outside NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center.
Hamlet, Ophelia given sharp portrayals at EKU Center
They may not have packed the house the way a rock ’n’ roll band could have, but The Acting Company’s cast of “Hamlet” delivered an intense as well as entertaining performance Wednesday night at the EKU Center for the Arts.
RAAC Celtic Festival is Friday
Irish music, dancing and food will be featured as the Richmond Area Arts Council celebrates Kentucky’s Celtic heritage Friday evening.
The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at RAAC, 399 W. Water St.
March Class to make Double Wine Basket
Sign up today for the March basket class at the Richmond Area Arts Center. February’s class is already filled so don’t put off reserving a spot in the March 29 class.
March class participants will weave their own handy and decorative basket suitable for storing two bottles of their favorite wine, the Double Wine Basket.
Still time to join the Madison Strings
“Get down your ‘fiddle’ and resin up your bow.” There’s still time to join the Madison Strings.
Two levels of strings are being taught Wednesday evenings this semester at the Richmond Area Arts Council, 399 W. Water St.
Still time to join Madison Singers’s spring semester
It’s not too late to join the Madison Singers for their spring semester.
Rehearsals are conducted every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
RAAC annual Celtic Festival is March 14
The Richmond Area Arts Council will host it annual Celtic Festival on Friday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Patrons will enjoy Irish stew, delectable desserts, drinks, music, dancing and more.
Clark-Moores, Model students selected for state children’s chorus
Sydney Jones, a sixth-grade student at Clark-Moores Middle School and Katrina Godsey, a fifth-grade student at Model Laboratory School, have been accepted as members of the 2014 Kentucky Children’s Chorus.
Treble Clef Youth Chorus still accepting members
La, la, la la! The Richmond Area Arts Council is still accepting spring semester registrations for the Treble Clef Youth Chorus.
This outstanding chorus continues to grow and gain recognition throughout the region. Your child needs no prior experience, just the desire to sing.
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