For over thirty years, I’ve enjoyed both hobby and vocation as a writer, speaker, and dramatist, including many years teaching both adults and children using the precepts of Principle Approach Education, from the Foundation for American Christian Education. I have served in the public, private, Christian, and home school environment, tailoring classical and original literary and dramatic programs to each unique audience.
Affectionately known as, “Miss Kathy,” families in the Southern New Jersey region have looked to me for reading recommendations and creative ways to promote literacy in their school age children. My various speaking and story programs promote a love of books, reading, and learning, assisted by my collection of eclectic costuming with a vintage flare, a trunk full of props–and plenty of hats–for interactive storytelling audience participation. Each program reflects the joy of life, beauty, and celebrate the highest in character virtues. For the most updated details on current speaking programs, visit Pageant Wagon Publishing.
My husband Ed, complements me as a career bookseller and master storyteller in his own right. We often perform together and share a love of literacy and enthusiasm for assisting others to find their reading niche–promoting family literacy and discipleship through performance storytelling and curriculum in the Old West themed Clementine Jones Drama and Derring-Do Books!
Ed and I always dreamed of opening our own bookstore, but the industry has changed so much in the past ten years that a brick and mortar storefront is no longer a goal. However, ONLINE options have advanced to where PAGEANT WAGON BOOKS is now a reality!
We fill our “virtual bookshelves” at our AMAZON storefront site with gently used titles for the whole family. As discerning readers, our titles will reflect traditional values, biblical principles, and quality classics to enrich the reader of all ages with truth, goodness, and beauty.
My own works are currently available through our independent publishing company, Pageant Wagon Publishing:
Check out what’s in the works in the way of resources for Christian living, devotional/inspirational reading, curriculum enrichment literacy materials for homeschool, drama for church, school, the community, and more on our Pageant Wagon Publishing Website!
Plus–hot off the Pageant Wagon Publishing press are the first two picture books, audio books, and study guides in our, Fable Springs Parables ~ for children of all ages!
The hardcover, paperback, and audio book, of books one and two are currently available in our Pageant Wagon Publishing Book Shop.
Book tour events keep Miss Kathy, illustrator Noah Berge, and audio book musician Haley Richardson, a six time All Ireland Fiddle Champion, very busy bringing informative and entertaining performance storytelling to family audiences.
Experience is the Best Teacher
From 2004-2011, my alter ego, Miss Kathy, hosted Tale Spin Stories, a popular preschool storytelling program at Center Court in the Cumberland Mall. Over the years, I watched the little ones grow into enthusiastic elementary school students. Even now, I run into many of them when I bring literature programs into the local schools. I watched them grow from infants in strollers, to curious toddlers, to engaged preschoolers making their first inroads to lifetime literacy. A rewarding joy! Tale Spin Stories was the testing ground for many of my programs later expanded for other venues.
Drama for Days
With the stage playing a huge part in my creative life since my own childhood, there has been a lot of drama in my life! With over thirty years of theatrical play-writing and stage direction experience, I’ve employed my love of performance storytelling in countless venues, including many years instructing fall and spring semesters of drama classes for home school students with The Pageant Wagon Parable Players Home School Theatre. Pictured below in a cast photo from the 2011 spring production of Vineland Makes Headlines.
The show was an original adaptation of the local history program I share in schools each year detailing the history of our hometown of Vineland, New Jersey, in celebration of its 150th anniversary. We took this one on the road to perform in other community venues in the spring of 2011.
In addition, from 2005 through 2009 I was the writer, director, and producer of Pageant Wagon Production’s Old-Fashioned American Melodrama Summer Family Theatre.
|The Pageant Wagon Players in the cast photo of our final
production, “Showstoppers at Starr’s Theatrical Emporium”
|Flanked by Matt Jordan, portraying Abraham Lincoln,
and Dr. Frank Demaio as Vineland founder, Charles Landis.
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and realize His ideal of happily ever afters!