CHESTER, Vt. –Phoenix Books Misty Valley will host two book signings the weekend of Chester’s Fall Festival this
September. Local historian Ron Patch will visit the store on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1-3 p.m., and “Vermont Wild” author Megan Price will appear on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ron Patch’s book, “Local History,” is a compilation of columns he has written since 2013 for the Vermont Journal and Shopper newspapers. Most stories revolve around area historical events or individuals. Others are just plain fun, and even share real life experiences of the author. Many towns covered by the articles are based in Windsor and Windham counties; included are the towns of Springfield, Chester, Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Londonderry, Grafton, Peru, Andover, Westminster and others. You will learn about some of Vermont’s earliest settlers, as well as a few real “interesting” characters. Over 115 stories are included in the 282-page book.
Ron Patch is a native and lifelong resident of Chester and has been an antiques dealer for the past 47 years. While working in his antiques business, he became interested in the history of the antiques he bought and sold, and how these objects relate to Vermont culture. Through this work, Patch has come to learn and understand the history of Old Vermont and its inhabitants. He has collected numerous books and documents he has found concerning Vermont’s history, and has given many talks on Vermont history in area towns. As of this writing, he continues to expand his antiques business, and as a point of note, he is the president of the Chester Historical Society.
A former award-winning journalist and Vermont legislator, Megan Price has been called a “folklore artist” for her ability to
breathe life into little known, true tales of the Green Mountains as told by those who lived them. “The books are a working man’s history,” Price says. “The stories combine history, humor, conservation, danger and courage.” Price gives credit to the retired game wardens who share their adventures with her, putting their names and photos in the books. “I’m always looking for more wardens, more deputies, more good stories, from any state. I want to save good stories and share them. I hope people will stop by and pass along a name of a retired game warden or deputy with good stories if they know someone,” she added.
To date, there are four “Vermont Wild” books and one “Maine Wild,” all chock full of game wardens’ true stories. A new “Vermont Wild” volume will be released in time for the holidays. Whether confronting moose, rescuing raccoons, training reluctant tracking dogs or searching for clues to catch clever poachers, Price’s true tales of our North Woods resonate with all ages, tourists as well as Vermont natives. The “Wild” books are taken to hunting camp, taught in middle and high schools to encourage children to read and write their own stories, read aloud in nursing homes and mailed worldwide to those who love Vermont.
These events are free and open to all. Phoenix Books Misty Valley is located at 58 Common St. in Chester. Copies of the featured books will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-875-3400 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz.
About Phoenix Books:
Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability, and is a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Phoenix Books Essex, Phoenix Books Burlington, Phoenix Books Rutland and Phoenix Books Misty Valley are Vermont-owned, independent bookstores. Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies. Seven Days readers voted Phoenix Books the Best Bookstore for the newspaper’s 2013-2017 Daysie Awards, and Rutland Herald readers voted Phoenix Books the Best Local Bookstore for the newspaper’s 2016-2017 Best of the Best awards.