Peschel Press at Hershey Winter Arts Show

The Winter Arts and Crafts Show is coming up Saturday at Hershey High School, and this marks a milestone for the Peschel Press.

I haven’t talked much about what I’ve been doing since The Patriot-News let me go at the end of 2012. I’ll cover that in a later post, as it’s been an interesting two years, with lots of ups and down.

But Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., we’ll be in the high school along with about 130 other dealers, selling our line of six books, plus book/grocery bags that Teresa spent the last few months sewing up.

Here’s where you can find us, at table 91. Go in through the main entrance by the office, head straight down the hall, turn left, and we’ll be the first table on the right.

Peschel Press will be at Booth 91. Avoid the letters.

Peschel Press will be at Booth 91. Avoid the letters.

Books will be $15 each, signed, and if you buy three books, we’ll throw in the fourth one for free! Book bags will be $10 each, and if you buy three, you get the fourth for free!

We’ll also be serving Teresa’s famous (at least in our house) butterscotch crunchie cookies, and offering the recipe free for every book purchase.

While this is not our first show, there’s a different feel about it. For the first time, we bought banners and posters, and printed flyers to display and give away.

Rehearsal space for the show. Click on the photo to embiggen.

Rehearsal space for the show. Click on the photo to embiggen.

It’s one thing to get books printed and sit behind a card table talking to readers. It’s another to see your company’s name and products reflected in something that wasn’t hand-drawn using Sharpies. It’s not just a banner, it’s a mirror, telling you “this is real. Don’t blow it.”

I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. We may not sell a thing. I tend to be pessimistic about these things, and I’ve found that any kind of success becomes that much sweeter for it. If nothing else, it’ll be nice to talk to the shoppers and see what they’re looking for, and walk around and feel like part of Hershey for a bit.

Then it’ll be back down in the basement to work on the next book.