Saturday, February 8, 2020

A Guide to Becoming Un-Serious

An accidental, but fun part, of writing the BryonySeries is that we inadvertently created a new holiday, which is happens this Thursday.

Its entire development is complete nonsense and based on real events. Coincidentally, it comes about the time in winter when the holidays are done (Feb. 13), and people are longing for spring.

So in these next few days leading up to Calkins Day, I'll run some old posts that discuss, recap, or in any way encourage you to come out and laugh with (at) some very talented people who are prepared to entertain you from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13, at the Book and Bean Cafe, 3395 Black Road, in Joliet.

Here's the first post, which should give you a basic idea.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Calkins Day is a Month Away

What is Calkins Day, you may ask?

Why, it's the BryonySeries' very own holiday. It's a time to celebrate laughter, imagination, and generosity.

When is it?

On. Feb. 13, the date of Ed Calkins' birthday. (Yes, Virginia, and everyone else, Ed Calkins is real. And so his birthday).

How does one celebrate?

A parade with the distribution of candy is ideal, but impractical. Although one year, we did have a parade of two people last year. The footage is below.

Are any foods associated with the holiday?

Any of the foods listed in chapter 29 in Staked! would suffice. At the very least, serve some Irish soda bread.

You can buy a copy of Staked! HERE.

The BryonySeries cookbook, Memories in the Kitchen, Bites and Nibbles from "Bryony," has a very nice Irish soda bread that's become my family's tradition for Calkins Day. And when you buy a copy (which you can do HERE), all proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties.

Should I wear anything special?

Jeans and a striped shirt. Or a kilt. Ed has worn both (although not at the same time).

Will Ed Calkins be making any appearances?

That's the plan, if he can get a sub for his newspaper route. Details HERE.

Is Calkins Day just an excuse to sell books?

Um, no. The holiday began in Ed's mind long before he became a character in my series. In fact, the idea for vampirizing him came after I missed yet another parade (He hosted very short parades).

For more details on this most pretend of all pretend holidays, read the post from 2011:

Here I am on Feb. 13, 2017, wearing my Calkins Day garb, candy bowl in hand, ready for the parade.

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