BookFest 2018 Vendors
Gaby Smith Noye is a contemporary painter newly based in Rochester, Pa. Her color and texture-infused abstract style is inspired by themes from Eastern religion and philosophy, Feng Shui, and nature. Her earlier works have been exhibited in British Columbia and Pittsburgh.
Novel Breads Co. is an artisan bread microbakery featuring unique breads made with local ingredients and often inspired by literature.
Wim Wetzel, a 1966 graduate of Beaver Senior High School, will be signing his book, Empty Open Hand: A Survivor’s Story, and selling his metal art. His book details his family’s immigration to Beaver County in 1956 and describes his parent’s 4-year imprisonment in Japanese POW camps during WWII in Indonesia and how they ultimately made their way to America. During his 24-year career Wim obtained several college degrees, culminating in a PhD in Business Administration. He is a certified FAA Single and Multi-Engine Instrument Flight Instructor, is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) and filled senior leadership and management positions at Hughes Training Inc., Raytheon Training Inc., Citizens Communications and NEC Corporation. Many know the Wetzel family because of the Karate schools created by their father, Willy J.C. Wetzel, who brought the first publicly advertised and managed Kung Fu school to America. Before this, Karate schools were only found in secret and behind closed doors and not advertised in public.
BatCat Press is a small literary publishing company run by the students of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School.
Sam Allen is a writer and retired librarian who tries his best to maintain the flame of hope and knowledge by finding good homes for orphaned books. His one man show, “Fire and Ice: The World of Robert Frost” has been well received at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region and across Ohio.
SAVE THE PAGES!
Janet Shaddick says, “I taught first grade for 36 years. In my retirement, I’m trying to make amends for a lifelong bad habit of folding page corners. I’m trying to SAVE THE PAGES! In my free time I make and sell inexpensive, embellished bookmarkers that slide on the top corner of a book page, marking the pause in a good read. Just a simple thing to keep the books happy!”
E&G Designs specializes in creating farmhouse-inspired signs, home décor, and seasonal décor. Every piece is a unique design that is hand-painted and handcrafted to create the perfect finishing touch in your home.
Usborne Books & More offers a line of fun, interactive, award winning books. We will have lots of great titles for infants through young adult from two fabulous publishers, Usborne and Kane Miller. Stop by our booth to let your kids do a free coloring activity and find out how you can earn free books!
The Giving Girls
Gianna and Antonella began by sending holiday packages to soldiers, celebrated law enforcement appreciation day with three local police departments, donated to the local humane society, and started a free food pantry at the Beaver County YMCA. Now they are partnering with the Adoption Connection to have a Christmas Party for adopted and foster children!
The Big Sno is delicious gourmet shaved ice! We will be located in the Vollmer’s parking lot, across from the Beaver YMCA. Stop by and enjoy one of our amazing flavors—you can even make your own combination!