Three (3) years ago today, John and I headed out in our new 30 ft. RV, headed for the Midwest to promote the nonfiction book I had just published, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s. amazon-Mrs.-Therese Crutcher-Marin
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Annual Convention was being held Schaumburg IL that year and part of the book tour was to attend the convention where I would sell the book. One of reasons I wrote the book was to donate 100% of the proceeds to HDSA; two other reasons were to heighten Huntington’s disease (HD) awareness and honor my three sisters-in-law who had passed away from HD complications. hdsa/annual-convention/2017-2/
John and I spent three months touring the Midwestern states, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, attending 11 HDSA Team Hope Walks, engaging with families at Walks, listening to their HD stores, talking with TEVA reps and selling the book.
In July, we attended the four (4) day Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah OK, birthplace of Woody Guthrie. It was hotter than hades but a wonderful experience. I was thrilled to meet some of the Arlo Guthrie family members. We also visited the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa OK and I held a book discussion with community members. Woody Guthrie Folk Festival/2017-book-tour/
John and I returned home at the end of August 2017, and I wanted to keep traveling, but we needed to get back to reality.
Last summer on our 3-month book tour through the Midwest in our RV, John and I attended the WoodyFest, July 12-16. We had so much fun listening to music, meeting so many talented musicians who are keeping the spirit of Woody alive through their music. This year was the festivals 20th anniversary. https://www.facebook.com/WoodyFest/
The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival is held annually in mid-July to commemorate the life and music of Woody Guthrie. The festival is held on the weekend closest to July 14 – the date of Guthrie’s birth – in Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma. Daytime main stage performances are held indoors at the Brick Street Cafe and the Crystal Theatre. Evening main stage performances are held outdoors at the Pastures of Plenty.
At the festival, I met some incredible people from the HDSA Oklahoma Chapter; in particular Andrea Garrett, president. We worked together, shared a booth all four days.
On Saturday, July 8th, 2017, at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa Oklahoma, I was given the opportunity to hold a book discussion for Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s. Woody Guthrie Center
I brought my computer with my new PowerPoint presentation and at 2 p.m. that afternoon, I stood before a small crowd and spoke about Watching Their Dance. It was very exciting to be there where Woody’s life is honored in such a beautiful way. Outside the theater, I had a table displaying the book and it was there I met some members from the HDSA Oklahoma Chapter; President Andrea Garrett, Wanda Marie Kohut and Shelley Self. http://oklahoma.hdsa.org/
Strolling through the center after the event, I learned a lot about Woody and his talents. Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was one of America’s greatest folksingers and most influential songwriters. He was also a writer, artist and advocate for the working people of America.
Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website https://www.theresecrutchermarin.com & on Amazon,B&N, & in Kindle,Kobo,Nook, iBooks file. 100% of the proceeds is being donated to HDSA in the U.S. and to Huntington’s disease organizations around the world.
John and I fell in love with Wisconsin, a midwestern U.S. state with coastlines on 2 Great Lakes (Michigan and Superior) and an interior of forests and farms. We enjoyed the uncrowded freeway and the calm attitude of the Wisconsin people.
It was so much fun watching the kids, teenagers and adults participate. John and I stayed the whole day and I sold 15 books and donated $100.00 to the event.
We tasted the famous cheese curds while we were in Wisconsin and found them just awful; they squeaked when you chewed them and tasted like rubber. (We must be missing something because so many love them).
Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website https://www.theresecrutchermarin.com & on Amazon,B&N, & in Kindle,Kobo,Nook, iBooks file. 100% of the proceeds from the book is being donated to Huntington’s organizations around the world.