Marblehead resident Nelda “Nel” Adcock will hold a book signing for her recently published children’s book, “My Firelands Adventure,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 Bayshore Road, Marblehead.
Adcock was inspired to write the book while volunteering at the Keeper’s House annex and gift shop, and enjoying the aroma of apple scones being prepared next door on the Keeper’s House fireplace by fellow docent Ray Machar. She wove the idea of the tempting aroma into a story about Selima Wolcott, Benajah Wolcott’s younger daughter, and a young Indian boy. Selima, who was unhappy about leaving her home and friends in Connecticut to go to the wild Firelands frontier, meets the young boy and shares an adventure. She learns a few things along the way, as will Nel’s young readers — the retired teacher admits hiding many interesting facts in the story.
While reading the book in several area classrooms, she was further inspired to write a play that the children can perform. She looks forward to sharing it with more classrooms.
The book is illustrated by local artist David Schwan and the story and pictures will appeal to children beyond the 7-10 age group at which it is aimed. Adcock, who has degrees from Capital University and Penn State, has taught in central Ohio, the Panama Canal Zone and at the University of Dayton. Adcock and her husband Carl (“Fred”) are also quite adventurous. They once drove all the way from the Canal Zone to Ohio.
The Keeper’s House is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the book signing, fireplace cooking demonstrations by Ray Machar and docent led house tours. The regular weekday open houses start Wednesday, June 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. The book may be purchased at the Keeper’s House gift shop, the Lakeside book store, Ex Libris in Marblehead and soon at Perry’s Monument gift shop. Visit www.thekeepershouse.org for information about the Keeper’s House.