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Normally Memorial Day is a holiday focused on remembering those who died in war while serving with one of the branches of the United States military. However, in light of all that’s going on in our country and around the world right now, staff at The Waters of Oak Creek decided to turn the holiday into more of a celebration.
One of Lakeville residents James and Sharon Lewis’ greatest joys in life is spending time with their youngest grandchild, Courtney, who lives in Colorado. James says the 9-year-old is extremely creative, and when he decided to make good on a promise he had made to himself decades earlier to write a children’s book about the Great Blue Heron that used to come up on his uncle’s lawn in Florida when he was a kid, he turned to Courtney for help framing the story.
Courtney Figures it Out, which was just released in April 2020, begins with Courtney in bed, thinking about the problems she will likely face the next day when she brings her best friend, Aaron the Heron, to school. Throughout the story, she faces one challenge after another related to the bird, but stops to think, and figures out what to do. The story was partially inspired by the fact that Courtney lives with Attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and has learned to cope by going to a Plan B when things aren’t going her way. ADHD is a chronic condition that often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. Approximately 129 million children live with the condition worldwide.
The story RMA Publicity wrote about the project, Lakeville Couple Help Granddaughter Write Book, was published in Sun This Week newspaper's Lakevlle edition in May.
Book 5 in the Cooked to Death series (Restaurant in Peace) was released on Feb. 14, 2020, but the launch party of course had to be put on hold due to the pandemic. It has been rescheduled for Sat., June 27 from Noon - 2 p.m. at Once Upon A Crime (604 W 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55405). Several of the authors whose stories are included in the latest book in the anthology series plan to participate in the launch event.
The book features mysteries involving food, and each story is accompanied by a recipe provided by a restaurant. Among those included, Mango Walleye from Tavern on Grand in St. Paul, Minnesota; Chimichurri Steak Sandwich provided by Northern Lake Tavern & Grill of Chisago City, Minnesota; Kotopoulo Lemonato/ Riganato with Potatoes from The Naughty Greek; and Dunsmore’s Delight, a cake recipe provided by the owner of Crooner’s Lounge and Supper Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
When historians look back on this period of time, there are a few phrases they are likely to come across: “flatten the curve….we’re all in this together… the new normal…. shelter in place." They’ll also be able to get a sense of what life was like thanks to one Buffalo, Minnesota family of five.
The Ferdig family opened their door to documentary filmmaker Brandon Ferdig for his latest film "An American Family: Sheltered in Place". The film debuted online the evening of May 13 on the YouTube channel, The Periphery. Here is the trailer: https://youtu.be/XKrxf4lB2qE
This documentary captures a day-in-the-life of the filmmaker's brother’s family as they navigate this new normal in America. Rockford School District Band Director Jerald Ferdig teaches remotely. His three children, Robert (8th grade), Veronica (4th grade), and Christopher (Kindergarten) attend classes online. And wife Maggie, laid-off from her job, helps the children with their schoolwork and manages the household.
"We're all used to this by now," said filmmaker Brandom Ferdig. "But the shutdowns have been a monumental shift for millions of lives. I wanted to document this period in our country by documenting the everyday life of those adjusting to this 'new normal'. By capturing this family's thoughts and feelings, I was surprised how impactful a story about inaction can be."
RMA Publicity secured stories about hte documentary's release in the Drummer and Crow Wing News.