What would Ben Franklin do?

Greetings, Citizens from G.Robin Smith. I present Chautauqua (1st person presentations) on Benjamin Franklin as fundraisers and educational programs around the Puget Sound (and beyond). This Blog (such an un-musical term) is to try out the medium and to leave (if I stay with it) an account of how the performances go, since they are beginning to take off, it seems. anon, G.Robin.

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Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

see www.Ben-Franklin.org and www.InteractiveHistory.net

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

PTA Conference, Texas and onward.

It's been near a month, brave explorers. Much has happened, but with the help of many friends and supporters, we are doing well.

Working on "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" I have discovered much already. 'The World is Flat' being just one (the reality of depth perception and how our brain keeps us from seeing what is really there.) The book really works to break the reader free from those misconceptions and enable the natural way to see.)

On April 21-23, Cym, Gareth and I went to Portland for recording sessions for our first album. We laid tracks for about 6-8 songs and other pieces. Cym and I are going back in a few weeks then Gareth needs to go back for further work. The folk album will (I hope) be done by August for Pennsic.

On April 22, our cat Pangur evidently passed away while we were gone. We miss him very much.

April 25 I did Benjamin Franklin at the Snohomish Library (sponsored in part by the Snohomish Friends of the Library, Hardwick's (www.eHardwicks.com) and The Interactive History Company. Cym introduced me, TheDave (a new friend arranged by Craig) was there and video taped it. We have the rough cut and it looks good enough to send to Clay. We are planning a 2nd one with 2 cameras to actually market. The presentation went well and the audience and Library seemed very pleased.

April 27, Awards Banquet for the Leukemia & Lymphoma SOciety Big Climb Fundraiser. Cym was my date and I was feeling pretty good:-) Very nice hosting done at The Columbia Club at the top of The Columbia Tower. Totals: $460,000 total raised (91% increase from last year) 3,290 participants (52% increase than last year). My totals (7th overall, #2 individual racer for money. $3,316.65 is what my friends and associates raised. We start next year's fundraiser on July 1, 2006:-) Our Team is "The 20,000 League" for that is the dollar amount we want to surpass.

May 1, Cym's an my 11th Anniversary. Spent the day gardening. It was great.

May 4, prepared for the Washington State PTA Convention.

May 5-7, we set up in a display room at the SeaTac DoubleTree Inn. We handed out hundreds of fliers, met many PTA members (I, dressed as Franklin.) We learned a lot, and most importantly, made a very good impression on lots of fundraisers and student advocates. I hope we get many bookings out of this. It was an exhausting weekend, but very rewarding. Sharon Clarke came down on Sunday and helped. The room (mostly arranged by Cym) looked great with displays showing the many classes done by IHC (The Interactive History Co.)

Must run, more anon, Best, Robin.