November 7 - Leslie joins other authors at the Local Author Expo at the Brunswick Library Branch, 3649 Center St., Brunswick Ohio (Route 303/Center Road, just a mile from I-71). The perfect place to begin your holiday shopping. Books make the best gifts because they keep on giving.
September 29 - Personal tour and talk about the history of the Island to 45 young ladies from Laurel school. Ken wrote: "Thanks again for the great presentation. We are already thinking about next year and will definitely keep you in the loop!"
September 17 and September 24 - Presentation and personal tour of the Kelleys Island History Museum to the Road Scholars. So glad to have them back!
September 21 - Leslie again visits the Senior Mens Fellowship Club with a 10:15 presentation on Kelleys Island and the Civil War. This tiny island suffered greatly: 8 men died of disease, one died of battle wounds and 5 were wounded, 5 were captured (Cahawba Prison and Libby Prison) and one survived the Sultana explosion. An additional 26 soldiers were captured by the Confederates in the plot to release the prisoners of Johnson's Island!
September 12 - Make this one of your stops after sampling the delights of the Island Wide Yard Sale. At 11 a.m., Pat Hayes of our local Audubon Club will present a short program on Monarch Butterflies. He will actually tag butterflies which is so cool to watch. You can even adopt a butterfly and track its migration on the web. Make sure you visit the museum and gift shop and meet local artists, authors and artisans. Of course, Leslie will have her books and posters.
August 15 - Homecoming - Stop by Leslie's booths and check out some of the Island's unique history. This is a fun-filled, family oriented day of games, food, music, and shopping. (check out the slideshow link on our Video page.
August 8 - The island’s Historical Association and museum will offer a day of activities, including a free concert, free presentation, and free admission to the museum. Since Leslie is a Board Member, she will be there all day conducting tours and signing her books.
August 1 - Leslie joins other local artisans, crafters, artists, and writers at the history museum. This show is open to anyone who has a marketable talent, just aching to see the light of day: Music, Jewelry, Pottery, Writing, Painting, Knitting, Sewing, or that category that simply defies description. These talented people offer a perfectly unique shopping experience. While there, tour the museum and gift shop and visit the historic Stone Church, built in 1865.
July 17-19 Leslie will have a booth with her books and posters at Island Fest. This is a family friendly event. Saturday will be filled with fun starting with a Parade at 11am. Games, more unique gifts from local vendors, food all day and into the evening. Fireworks after dark and a street dance for all ages. www.KelleysIslandChamber.com
June 17 - Leslie steps on a bus to narrate an historic tour of Kelleys Island. My thanks to UAW 86 retirees - what a great group! Linda wrote: It adds so much to a visit to have a pleasant, knowldgeable guide." Really, Thank YOU.
June 13 - Stop by and visit Leslie at the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council Arts & Crafts Festival in beautiful Lakeview Park, 1100 E. Perry St., Port Clinton OH. A few years ago they moved this event from the downtown streets to the beautiful shaded park just east of Port Clinton and overlooking the lake. It is the PERFECT place for people watching and shopping. There was a big crowd all day. Check out the Arts Council website - they have events all summer.
May 19 - Once again Leslie presents a program to the Ottawa County Geneology Society. This time on Kelleys Island and the Civil War. 7 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton 43452. This is such a great group. Loads of great questions.
May 17 - Leslie Korenko joins other members of the International Writers Assoc. in celebrating the 115th birthday of Helen Steiner Rice at the LCCC Lorain Co. Community College Learning Center, 201 W. Erie Ave, Lorain OH from 1:00-3:00. It was so exciting to gather the talented authors of IWA/FHSR (International Writer Association/Friends of Helen Steiner Rice) and see the new LCCC Lorain Learning Center! Charlene Connors portrayed Helen Steiner Rice and gave a wonderful summary of her most interesting life! Dr. Mary Hilaire Tavenner, local author and President and Foundress of IWA/FHSR, oversaw the activities. "High Tea" was held and a dozen authors set up shop to talk about their books and took turns talking about their years of effort to create their books.
May 16 - It's Free Museum Day at the Kelleys Island History museum. Leslie will be there guiding people through the museum and signing her books. Over 100 people stopped by to say hello!
May 4 - Leslie Korenko will present a program about the history of Kelleys Island at 10:15 to the Senior Men's Fellowship Club, 620 Water Street, Sandusky OH 44870. WOW - what a great group! There were well over 50 people there. They want me to come back in the Fall and do the Civil War presentation.
April 25 - Stop by the Sandusky Maritime Museum, Leslie will be presenting a slide show on the History of Kelleys Island. This was a small but vocal group - sharing their stories about the Island. Hooked up with Schlesselmans and a few other old Island families.
April 11 - Leslie presents a program on how to blend history into your writing and where to get your information. at the NORTHEAST OHIO CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, Route 58 & Route 2, Amherst. What FUN! I explained the ways that using history could be valuable in writing and promotion, touching on everything from research, the final book format, Facebook, websites and pretty much everything AND the kitchen sink. The best part though was when one attendee said that my presentation gave him his AH-HA moment - a way to organize and finalize his book idea. What a compliment!