Creativity and talent

Creativity and talenthe Sullivans with their edible book, "Olive or Twist."

The Dawes Markwell Room at the Bradford County Library was exploding with creativity last Saturday during their “Edible Book Festival.” Silly or serious, sweet or crunchy, the edible books were made of food. 

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Ember Bowes with her edible book, “Where the Wild Things Are.”

The different foods entered in the contest were inspired by favorite books, which were displayed with the edible books. They ranged from Spiderman, made of strawberries, to Just Peace, using the popular Easter “Peeps” to create the edible masterpiece. 

There were several Dr. Seuss books. Green Eggs and Ham was made from pistachio pudding with Vanilla Wafers as the egg yolks in the middle. Hop on Pop was changed slightly to read Hop(s) on Pop displaying cookies made from beer containing hops sitting on top of a soda pop can. 

Creativity and talent

And speaking of changes, Oliver Twist was twisted to read Olive or Twist with a jar of green olives and several packages of Twizzlers displayed. It read, “Olive or Twist: Choose one!” Most people chose the Twizzlers over the olives!

Lea Chisum-Chaffee, administrator of the Bradford County Library System judged the edible books.

The funniest was determined to be “Olive or Twist” made by the Sullivan Family. The most creative was “Dinosaur Dig” created by Sloan Greenough. The most delicious entry was the “Winter Frost” rice pudding entered by Megan Greenough.

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Megan Greenough with her edible book, “Winter Frost.”

People attending also got to vote. “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food” made by Stephani Wallen and “Where the Wild Things Are” created by Ember Bowes were the most popular.

The best part of the morning was that everyone got to sample the edible books. 

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Casey Smith doing his magic card trick at “Troy’s Got Talent.”

Later that afternoon, in Troy, at the Holy Trinity Church on Redington Avenue, there was a talent show taking place in the sanctuary. There were five participants – three singers, a magician and an artist – in “Troy’s Got Talent” hosted by local artist Bonnie Bell. 

First place was awarded to Casey Smith for his magic card trick. All participants received movie tickets.

At the age of ten, Smith’s talents go beyond his deck of cards. He is the youngest junior volunteer at the Farm Museum in Troy. One of his favorite subjects in school is history. He loves to learn about the Civil War and participates in Civil War re-enactments.

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Stephani Wallen’s edible book, “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food.”

Smith may be showing his magic card trick at future events taking place at the farm museum and heritage village.

“I work there at the Farm Museum,” said Smith. “So I’ll just be there.”

April 7 kicks off National Library Week. No matter what your talents are, the libraries in our area have great resources for finding new ones.

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