Meet Miss Kathy

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GREETINGS!  So glad you stopped by to visit and learn a little more about my world!
 
I am a full time professional writer and storyteller under the business name of Pageant Wagon Productions LLC and my independent publishing company, Pageant Wagon Publishing. In addition to books and retreat/conference programs, I create original performance programs for schools, churches, libraries, elder care facilities, adult day care facilities, ladies’ groups, and community groups. I’ve been blogging since 2011 at The Writer’s Reverie and since 2014 at Pageant Wagon Publishing. I can’t be more thrilled with the inspiration and joy it has brought into my life!

 

 

My Mission . . . My Passion

Pageant Wagon Publishing provides biblically based storybooks, study guides, drama scripts, homeschool enrichment,and devotional works to promote a Family Literacy Lifestyle through Christian discipleship for home, school, and church.

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:

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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! 9 books

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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”
My daughter, Bethany, (pictured center in the white dress and brilliant smile) inspired me to start the troupe when she was in high school.  She just happened to have a number of very talented friends who, once taking the stage, the Pageant Wagon Players were born! Our mission:  To bring the historic genre of melodrama theatre to life for contemporary audiences as a family friendly theatrical alternative. We had a very successful five year run making many wonderful memories along the way with many fans and great fun! 
Devotional Drama and cantatas have also kept me busy through the years, most notably as drama ministry director of the Calvary Chapel Drama on the Vine Players. I am currently taking a break from any new large scale drama production projects to devote the time necessary to publishing the many scripts I’ve written through the years for a broader audience through Pageant Wagon Publishing. Soon, other churches, schools, and community groups will be able to produce a Pageant Wagon Production of their own! 
Community Education 
Also active in the community at large, I indulge my love of history by serving in my hometown on the Board of Directors for the local historic preservation group, the Friends of Historic Vineland.
 
Flanked by Matt Jordan, portraying  Abraham Lincoln,
and Dr. Frank Demaio as Vineland founder, Charles Landis.
I perform historical character re-enactments for community education and enrichment in the schools and at public events. Each May, I coordinate over forty historical exhibits and main-stage entertainment for Vineland’s Founder’s Day, celebrating the fascinating history of our town and the Civil War era in which it was founded.  2011 was our 150th anniversary and it was exciting to be a history maker marking this milestone in community growth.

I welcome comments and followers of like minds and purposes to add to the reverie’s retreat. Please share The Writer’s Reverie with your network of friends – and DO actively PIN what delights you from my blog or my beautiful boards on PINTEREST. I “tweet” on TWITTER via @misskathypwp, so I hope you’ll find me there, too! Don’t forget to FOLLOW ME on FACEBOOK – The Writer’s ReveriePageant Wagon Publishing, and Cameo Impressions–the shopping cart connection for may of my fun handcrafted items.

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May you know the riches of God’s abundant blessings

and realize His ideal of happily ever afters!

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