Wine & Words – Victoria Bastedo

Wine & Words was a fun and well-received event last night. We had nine authors who read, five from FVP and four from our community. The pieces were moving, funny, and entertaining. I’m always astounded at the writing quality and talent that emerges in this tiny Valley on such evenings.

Victoria Bastedo was our Special Guest Author for the evening, and she delighted the crowd by telling us of an actual old tree she, perhaps, saved with her expressed upset at seeing a chainsaw nearby.  Then she read the following fun and touching story from one of her blogs, SnoValley Hobbit:

Donago Greenhaven buttoned his new fawn-colored waistcoat. As a rule, hobbits don’t tend to dwell on overt fashion and vanity, but he loved it when his mirror reflected a brightness to his image. From the top of his reddish-gold curls, to the bottoms of his hairy feet, he wanted to appear cheerful, intelligent, and ready for any adventure that might await him over the next hill.

Donago plucked at the red handkerchief that peaked in a triangle out of the upper pocket, making sure it stood out. Tonight he was especially interested in making an impression. Traveling hobbits had arrived in Little Delving, bringing wares for the market, presents for friends, and news of the other regions. He wanted to share in it, the busy world of those who worked, and those who dreamed.

He beamed at himself, at his own bright eye, at the dimple an inch from the edge of his mouth, and his one crooked tooth. He’d been told that he was born ready to grin, and that he’d no doubt die with a last bit of laughter on his lips. He looked fine. From the little round window that overlooked his garden and the distant fields to the west a breeze filtered in a whiff of the sea. The scent must have traveled for many miles, must have flirted with clumps of silver grasses and coasting birdwings, holding its essence to arrive in his room and call to him. It always made him laugh.

“All right!” he told it, forgetting his finery as he hurried out of his bedroom and then outside his hole. His intention had been to visit The Brown Barrel, Little Delving’s busiest Inn, and hear the tales that might be told, but that could wait… READ MORE

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Bard & Starlet Radio Hour Videos

bard-starlet-radio-hour-flyer-2016-ghosts-finalFVP presented Bard & Starlet Radio Hour- Ghosts of Futures Past live on stage at Black Dog Arts Café on Nov. 12th 2016. It was also a book launch party for Victoria Bastedo and Kennedy J. Quinn. Following are some photos from the show and links to the videos of the Readings and Short Plays within the show…Enjoy!

First up, Sheri J. Kennedy, Producer & Owner of FVP, welcomes everyone, and Kennedy J. Quinn gives a reading from new release, The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone, Book I: Journey Key, from FreeValley Publishing: VIDEO Click Here

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Victoria Bastedo then gives a reading from new release Black Poodle Over Seven Hills from Melange Books: VIDEO Click Here

The show officially begin with Director & Announcer Gary Schwartz’s intro of the Actors and overview of Ghosts of Futures Past, taking the audience on a journey into the Snoqualmie Tunnel of Time: VIDEO Click Here

First stop in time was post-World War II with T.A. Henry’s Scripting the Truth, featuring T.A. Henry as Lila & Leslayann Schecterson as Molly with Mike Murdock as the Orderly: VIDEO Click Here

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Onward through the Snoqualmie of Tunnel of Time to a contemporary town in Montana for Victoria Bastedo’s The Past on a Date with the Future, featuring Mike Murdock as Adam, Leslayann Schecterson as Ollie, and Craig Ewing as Grandpa: VIDEO Click Here

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Then it was off to the 1990’s for Rachel Barnard’s Back to Donuts, featuring Mike Murdock as Dad’s Ghost and Leslayann Schecterson as Vanessa: VIDEO Click Here

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Things take an ethereal turn & twist with David S. Moore’s Angel of Terror, featuring Leslayann Schecterson as The Angel, Craig Ewing as The Man, and Mike Murdock as The Doctor: VIDEO Click Here

The wheels of time spin back and forth from 1915 to1910 and back again in Kennedy J. Quinn’s Over Again, featuring T.A. Henry as Miss Livingstone (Lizzie), Leslayann Schecterson as Janie, Craig Ewing as Father, and Mike Murdock as Mr. Thomas Worthington: VIDEO Click Here (clip only) We ran out of capacity so missed the end of this play and of the show…

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And sadly, it’s Over Again… Till next year…. When we hope to do this Over Again. -FVP