Authors to gather again for annual F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival

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01_JerolineMcCarthy01It’s that time again for a sequel to the popular F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival, the third annual in a series of authors at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, 925 George Engram Boulevard, Daytona Beach.

Readers will have a fresh look on books from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 4. They will move center stage when New York Times best-selling author Omar Tyree discusses his book release. There’s only a $3 charge for entry to the festival.

Director Donna M. Gray-Banks details that featured authors with novel ideas will include Michael Beckford, James Bennett, Dr. Evelyn Bethune, Dr. Michelle Donice and Michael A. Pyle, Esq.

Daytona Beach Commissioner Paula Reed, Donna M. Gray-Banks, author Rahiem Brooks and Internet marketing expert Percy Williams III are shown at a F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival event held Oct. 22 at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center. Brooks and Williams were speakers at the event.(DUANE FERNANDEZ, SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Daytona Beach Commissioner Paula Reed, Donna M. Gray-Banks, author Rahiem Brooks and Internet marketing expert Percy Williams III are shown at a F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival event held Oct. 22 at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center. Brooks and Williams were speakers at the event.
(DUANE FERNANDEZ, SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Another follow-up Jan. 3 is the authors’ “Meet and Greet Reception,” offering jazz, poetry, book selling and dinner prepared by Edward Tucker Caterers. Poetry performances will highlight Milton McCulloch at 7:30 p.m., and Michael Beckford at 9 p.m. at the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center in the VIP lounge, beginning 7 p.m. The cost for the evening is $20.

If you are an author, it’s not too late to become part of the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival. There are less than 15 tables left. Register today. Fifty dollars will hold your table. The weekend cost is $100, which includes a table and two chairs, dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Email Freshbookfestivals@gmail.com to participate and find out the set-up instructions, or call 386-627-4353.

Photographer to display images from Sanford
Donna M. Gray-Banks writes that the genius of Duane C. Fernandez, Sr. is shown in his collection of photographs, “The Trayvon Martin Journey,” recently opening at Bethune-Cookman Performing Arts Center.

F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival Director Donna M. Gray-Banks is shown with master jazz pianist/composer Nat Adderley, Jr., the recent headliner at the “Jeep” McCoy Scholarship Concert & Supper in Daytona Beach.(PHOTO COURTESY OF DONNA M. GRAY-BANKS)

F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival Director Donna M. Gray-Banks is shown with master jazz pianist/composer Nat Adderley, Jr., the recent headliner at the “Jeep” McCoy Scholarship Concert & Supper in Daytona Beach.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF DONNA M. GRAY-BANKS)

She says the photographic journey begins in Sanford and continues to Washington, D.C., hosting 20 stills printed in black and white images that capture the day-to-day struggles of the Sanford minority community.

Gray-Banks says the opening reception will take place Nov. 22, 6 p.m., at the performing arts center, 698 International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach.

If additional details are needed, contact Fernandez at Duane@HardnottsPhotography.com.

Kelley brings play to First Church
Linda Gray Kelley returns to First Church, where the Rev. Gillard S. Glover is pastor, and portrays 11 women encountering Jesus in happy, healing stories that will take the audience from miracles to the cross and the resurrection.

Support theater in your own backyard Nov. 23, 5 p.m., at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. The ticket price is $15, or purchase tickets at the door.

For further details, call the church at 386-446-5759.

Church hosting free Thanksgiving celebration
Residents are invited to join First Church for a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner in conjunction with “The Feed Flagler Community Thanksgiving Celebration.”

The dinner is Nov. 27, 3-6 p.m., at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

For further details, call the church at 386-446-5759.

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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to: Darrell DeVore, Catherine Darby, Nov. 22; Henry “Van” Davis, Frederick Canty, Nov. 23; Edwina “Pat” Smith, Nov. 24; Anne Phillips, Brandon Robinson, Nov. 25.

Happy anniversary to: Eugene and Joanne Price, Nov. 21; Kilus and Betty White, Nov. 24; James and Yolaine Goodridge, Nov. 25.

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