Photo by Patsy Zedar
Book cover for "As We Were" by watercolorist Maurie
Verdant Books of Rutland has published "As We Were." A collection
written by the Gables and Friends Memoir Group. These are stories
of love, loss, war and adventure. Memoir writers at the Gables
include: Anna Caleb, June Dorian, Kae Fretz, Dick Hamilton, Dick
Rodgers, Art Wolk and E.L. Bogart to whom the book is
The Friends are primarily members of the Killington Arts Guild:
Judy Gould, Donna Martin, Betty A. Little, Yvonne Daley and
Killington resident Mary T. Holland. KAG Watercolor Artist Maurie
Harrington, who participated in the memoirs group as a writer and
artist, created the book cover. Maurie tried painting a cover based
on the windows, doors and gardens of the Gables, then tried various
Vermont landscapes and finally the memoir group chose her mountains
by the waterside. What the writers wanted to use with their
stories was a picture that captured the feeling of Vermont.
The Gables and Friends Memoir Group evolved from discussions and
classes offered by the Killington Art Guild at the Sherburne
Memorial Library. After the Gables at East Mountain was built in
Rutland Township the group moved there.
In August 2011, when a class Yvonne Daley had been teaching
ended, she offered to edit a book for participants. In the year it
has taken to prepare "As You Were" for publication and to print it,
Yvonne wrote, "A Mighty Storm; Stories of Resilience After Irene,"
taught at San Francisco State University where she is a tenured
professor and directed the Green Mountain Writers Conference in
On Sunday October 28 from 1:30 -3 p.m. The Gables Activities
Committee will present a book review of "As We Were" in the
Commons. Yvonne Daley, editor, and many of the authors will read
short pieces to convey the variety of the writing and the spirit of
the book. Refreshments will follow with an opportunity to talk with
the authors. Books will be available for $14 at the review.