Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the tragic ice bridge incident that is the basis of my graphic novel. For an excellent answer to the question: what IS an ice bridge?, you may want to visit Joel R Paradise on FaceBook. He has some incredible photos, some of which I have never seen. Also, a post card sent just days after the incident, of a photo taken just as the ice bridge broke loose! Connecting with history can be an exhilarating experience.
I’m working diligently on the third chapter and putting it all together for Volume I. The plans are to launch the published book on August 1, this year, at the Sheffield Bicentennial’s Pioneer Picnic August 1st. It is held on the grounds of the Jabez Burrell homestead (Burrell Hecock’s forefather) and includes a pot-luck lunch, pie contest, tour, and a book signing with yours truly, as well as other activities. My sister-in-law, Marty, will be there to tell about the families of the first 25 settlers and how they relate through marriage. All are welcome! I hope to see some of my Niagara friends and distant relatives there.
If you want to find out more, go to www.SheffieldBicentennial.org.