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March 8, 2013 Trafalgar 24

Trafalgar 24 on March 8, 2013 – Sell-out event in Whitby.

I was delighted to be one of six local playwrights to participate in Trafalgar 24, produced by Driftwood Theatre under Jeremy Smith. These six playwrights gathered at Trafalgar Castle School on the evening of March 7th to spend the night secreted away writing six separate plays. Friday morning, March 8th, actors, directors and stage managers arrived to whip those six plays into shape.

Friday night, 350 theatre lovers arrived for a silent auction with fine wine and sweets and, of course, to see all six of the brand new plays.

The audience voted for best play and a panel of judges made the final decision. The winning playwright received funding to workshop his play for the professional stage. Thanks Driftwood for the opportunity. Everyone wins.


Feb. 13, 2013 Valentine’s Day Luncheon at Wilmot Centre

About 80 seniors dined together at their monthly luncheon at Wilmot Centre Missionary Church, near New Hamburg, Ontario. My good and talented friend Carol Weicker sang a duet with me for old time’s sake, and then I had the hour to tell my story and sing for the group. Lots of laughter and a few tears. God is good.

If you have a few minutes, go to Carol’s website to hear her sing and read her story:

Author Readings at CRUX BOOKS

A Second Cup Of Hot Apple Cider is now a Canadian best seller. 15 of the stories in the inspiring anthology have won writing awards from The Word Guild, including, I’m thrilled to say, my two stories “Charlie” and “The Bulletin Board”

The 37 authors have performed dozens of author readings in bookstores, libraries, churches, book clubs and interest groups across Canada. This time five authors gathered at Crux Books (Wycliffe College and University of Toronto) to read portions of their stories: Armig Adourian, Marguerite Cummings, Bonnie Beldan-Thomson, Wendy Nelles and myself, Adele.

Adele Reading "Charlie" at U of T CRUX BOOKS, photo by Marguerite Cummings

Adele Reading “Charlie” at U of T CRUX BOOKS, photo by Marguerite Cummings

The library hall above Crux Books is a delight with stained glass windows, browsing benches in the bay windows, miles of books on the shelves, hot apple cider, and eager ears to hear. Thanks to Crux Books, at Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto.

2013 01 26 HAC2 at CRUX BOOKS Poster

The Costumer’s Notebook by Rae Stephens ~ new book !

It’s DONE!

The Costumer's Notebook by Rae Stephens

The Costumer’s Notebook,                300 pages of tips & truths for
behind-the-scenes show biz.

Film and Theatre backstage artists and crew will be glad to know that “The Costumer’s Notebook” is finally at the printer. Adele Simmons is the proud editor of this manual for careers in costuming and wardrobe for theatre and stage. Author Rae Stephens will be signing books at two Book Launches:

Calgary:   Thursday, Sept. 6th  from 7-9pm at Boston Pizza Chinook Centre, 232 – 6455 Macleod Trail SW.

Lethbridge:   Sunday, Sept. 9th  from 4-6pm at Mocha Cabana Restaurant, 317-4th St. S.

All welcome at the book launches. Come meet the author Rae Stephens and have her sign your copy of her book. Schmooze with theatre, film, university and college people! And I’ll be there to meet you, too!

If you can’t make it to the launches, you may order your book for $44.95 plus shipping.

Special guest price of $30 at the book launches.

Email your book request to:
The Costumer’s Notebook ~ for professional costumers and volunteers in film and stage, for drama teachers, university theatre program directors, workshop instructors, for directors, set supervisors, dressers, background-extras supervisors, and wardrobe supervisors.

May 5th Adele’s Song Debuts at Ontario Writers’ Conference,

Almost 200 writers, editors, publishers, and agents at the Ontario Writers’ Conference were present to hear George Craig sing my song BLOCK BUSTER. It’s a tongue-in-cheek cryin’ blues tune about writer’s block and the rescue from it. The song was commissioned by the Conference planners to illustrate another area of writing – songwriting. 

Kevin Craig’s song WORD BY WORD was also featured, in the rich baritone voice of George Craig. Thanks, George, for your effort and enthusiasm to present our songs. 

A Second Cup Of Hot Apple Cider breaks records and breaks into Canadian Best-Seller status !

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider News update May 2012

Adele is thrilled to be featured in this Canadian Best Seller, along with 36 authors from across Canada.

Mother’s Day is a great occasion to purchase copies for gifts.

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May 1/12 “Charlie” goes to the Pub

Event:  Words Of The Season 

Date:   Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Place:  Trinity Irish Pub in Whitby, ON

~ a seasonal event to showcase authors, produced by Michael Kashmanian of the Durham Theatre Festival with support from the Writers Community Of Durham Region (WCDR). The evening featured short readings and songs by 18 local writers, including Adele. She read and sang her story from A Second Cup Of Hot Apple Cider – “Charlie” – accompanied by her guitar. There were over 70 people in the homey restaurant, including children. Over hot wings and beer, to couples and families just out for a nice evening, the words rang out through the pub… “Cigareetes And Whuskey”, “Danny Boy”, “It Is No Secret” and the finale “Jesus loves me.”  
Good food, good people, good words from all the authors and singers.
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Feb. 7/12 Adele sings & reads, Millbrook

Feb. 7/12 Adele reads in Millbrook

2012 January & February ~ Ongoing

So what’s been happening?

~ Editing textbook by new author (going to print soon), writing for assignment and submission, author readings (for A Second Cup Of Hot Apple Cider), pursuing completion of my memoir, The Cabin ~ No Ordinary Miracle (participating in Sue Reynolds’ year-long workshop A Novel Approach To Memoir), taking writing workshops, vocal coaching for talented young singers, playing and singing in bands, directing Ukulele Club and youth music, worship team singer/musician, worship leader for seniors ministry.