“We always love hosting events for children, especially fun, educational events that combine entertainment for the whole family,” says Erika Davis of Creekside Books. “Children are always fascinated by butterfly life and their transformations. Maureen’s puppet show and her book are wonderful educational tools that encourage this curiosity about the life of a butterfly.”
About the Author and her book, Molly: A Butterfly Story
Maureen Akey is one of eight children who grew up on a farm in Northern New York State, surrounded by her favorite pets, including a guinea pig and several horses. She spent her summers chasing butterflies and horseback riding in the mountains. She holds three degrees in the biological sciences and currently teaches biology at a local college in her hometown in Florida. Her past times include training horses, working as a field biologist most days and rearing butterflies at her farm “Butterfly Showplace”. Maureen conducts adult seminars on butterfly garden design, butterfly courtship rituals and also presents her children’s puppet shows about butterfly biology at schools, libraries and bookstores. Maureen’s book, The Adventures of Molly the Monarch Butterfly and Friends, grew out of her educational/environmental puppet show. She is currently completing two other books in the Molly the Monarch and Friends book series.
About the Puppet Show
Kids get excited about butterfly biology when they watch Maureen Akey-Myerson and her puppets Molly, Polly and Jean-Claude explain the stages of butterfly life. “Children immediately relate to these lovable characters, and folks of all ages find them appealing,” said Akey-Myerson. The puppet show is interactive and hands-on. It includes plants and flowers that provide butterfly habitat, and may have butterfly eggs, a pupa (immature butterfly), and live specimens.
“This is a busy time of year for most families. I hope this event encourages a relaxed yet entertaining ‘family night out’ for many in our community”, says Creekside owner, Erika Davis.
Creekside Books & Coffee is located at 35 Fennell Street in Skaneateles. The bookstore is the only retail store in the village selling new hardcover and paperback books as well as toys, gifts, greeting cards and other merchandise. The coffeehouse features the freshest roasted coffee in town, a light fare menu and a pleasant atmosphere to relax and enjoy.