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Author Kirby to appear at Maple Syrup Festival

Thursday, February 13, 2003

ROCKVILLE, Ind. -- Susan Kirby, award-winning children's author, will sign books during Maple Syrup Days at Billie Creek Village, Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2.

Each of Kirby's four books takes place in rural American during the turn-of-the-century. Each story revolves around a child in relation to a quilt pattern. The quilt leads the child through the stories of their ancestry and shows a glimpse of history.

On Feb. 21, Kirby will entertain and teach more than 200 grade-schoolers with interactive, historic presentations. Children will learn that because historic quilts use fabric from the lives of families and friends, each quilt tells a story that should not be forgotten. As she digs through her trunk, the school children will try on clothing, make up stories and step into the roles of children throughout history. Adults are welcome to attend the shows.

Other performers will include The Hampel Family, performing each day during the festival, featuring their "hysterical history" in the Livery Barn.

The Maple Syrup Days celebration is named for making maple syrup! Visitors will be able to see the trees tapped for their sap and watch as the maple sap is boiled down into syrup.

Hours for the celebration are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Admission is $3.50 per person, members and children under age 4 are admitted free.

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