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Breton Bay Publishers at local Beer Festival

St. Mary’s County has an annual event called BeerFest.  It’s an amazing event, with live bands, arts and crafts, food, and a wide variety of beers to sample.  Breton Bay Publishing had a booth in the arts and crafts area, giving an opportunity to meet the authors and have purchased books autographed.


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How to Add a Post

The following instructions are for creating a new post using WordPress.


1.To create a blog post, you need to be in the “back end” or “Dashboard” of your website.

New Post

2. Click on “Posts” (the third item down – shown highlighted above).

Post Screen

3. This screen will then come up for you.

4. Type some text here. in the box that says “Add New Post”.  This is the title of your new post.

5. Then in the large box below that begin typing your blog.

6. Add an image by clicking on the button called “Add Media” above this box.

Select Media

7. Select the image you want and drag and drop it on the “Insert Media” area.  You’ll see the other images in the image library.  Just drop your new image on top of them.  The screen will become blue momentarily and then the new image will be in the upper left corner of your image library.

8. The image you just dragged into this window (above) will now have a checkbox on it.

Select Media

9. To the right is a bar that contains information about the image you’ve selected.

Media Image Info

10. You can change the title, add info to the caption, etc.  You can change the alignment and size.  I don’t usually mess with the “Link To” information.

11. To insert it into your post, look for the button in the lower right side of the screen

Insert Button

and press it.  Wa-La!  You’re added an image to your post.  That image is now permanently in your “Media Library” so you’ll be able to use it again any time you want.  You can use that same image anywhere on your website.

Publish Options

12. Now.  Before you publish your new post, take a peek at the stuff in the bar on the right side of your screen.  You can save this post as a draft, you can preview it, you can make it visible to just you, to people who know the password (you assign a password to the post), publish immediately or schedule it for a particular day and time, or you can just publish.  Categories – You can use the existing ones or add new ones.  Tags – same thing.  Lastly  is featured image.  You can select an image from your media library to make the featured image for this post.  I wouldn’t mess around with this for your first few posts.  It’ll probably raise a couple of questions that will require an answer from myself.  It has to do with which theme is being used for your website.  That featured image is used with some of the features of certain themes, but not with others.

13. Once you hit that PUBLISH button, you’ll have a finished post on your website.  Congratulations!

Finished Post

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Book Signing at Keepin’ It Local

Ellynne Davis and Joyce Judd will be signing their new book “The Chesapeake Cats and the Easter Surprise” at Keepin’ It Local on Saturday, March 28, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Keepin’ It Local features fresh produce and baked goods, finely made crafts, jewelry, some antiques and paintings which are all products of Southern Maryland.

Ellynne who has had starring roles in several Three Notch Theater productions will be reading her rhyming verses to all the children who attend on Saturday.  The story is about an unusual Easter Bunny who arrives in disguise as she hides the eggs for her little friends. In addition to the story the book contains a bookmark to color, a bunny rabbit paper doll and some kid friendly recipes.

There is nothing like beginning your Easter celebration here in St. Mary’s County, we are all about “Keepin’ It Local.” Address: 25760 Colton Point Road, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

Phone: 1 (301) 475-7888

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Ellynne Brice Davis and Illustrator Joyce Judd Book Signing!


Join Fenwick Street Used Books and Music as they host Ellynne Brice Davis and Joyce Judd and get your copy of their new book, The Chesapeake Cats and the Easter Surprise, signed between 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, March 13th.

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Baynet Book Review by Dick Myers

Chesapeake Cats return with an Easter surprise

Leonardtown, MD — Those three crazy cats are back. Local author Ellynne Brice Davis, illustrator Joyce Judd and editor Myra Rapsa have once again collaborated on a children’s book about three cats that live on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Last year the three collaborated on “Halloween Fright on a Chesapeake Night” about three black cats who venture out of Halloween. This time the cats have been transformed into orange tabbies and the holiday is Easter for “The Chesapeake Cats and the Easter Surprise.”

In the new book the three cats decide to put on an Easter party and venture out to a town somewhat reminiscent of Leonardtown to pick up supplies, including EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). In one of Judd’s many clever illustrations, the cats are seen “On their walk to the Wharf” where they pass “Breton Point Light, the bank, the museum and Let’s Fly a Kite.” Their destination is the store called “Miss Bunny’s Delight,” operated of course by Miss Bunny. She stocks food colors (red, purple, green and indigo) and jelly beans (cherry, grape and pistachio).

Home from their trip the cats prepare the meal and tidy the house. They awake Easter morning to a surprise outside – “someone in disguise” hiding Easter eggs.

The bounty is collected by everyone in the neighborhood and the Easter dinner, of which Miss Bunny is an invitee, is a big hit. The cats soon recognize Miss Bunny as that stranger in disguise.

At the end of the book there are several pages that can be colored and used as bookmarks plus a build your own Easter bunny design. And Davis adds several recipes from her previous book — “Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook.”

The Chesapeake Cats and the Easter Surprise is the perfect addition to the Easter basket along with the colored eggs and candy.
The trio, all retired St. Mary’s County school teachers, will be on hand for a book signing as part of Leonardtown’s First Friday March 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Fenwick Street Used Books and Music. Other signings are scheduled at the White Rabbit in Leonardtown Saturday March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon and Keepin It Local in Morganza Saturday March 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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