Thursday, November 19, 2015

New book signings planned

I will be participating in two book-signing events this holiday season.

The first one is at the North Country Community College Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22 in the NCCC gymnasium in Saranac Lake. I will be at Table 31. All my books will be available for purchase.

The second one is at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, where I will be signing copies of my latest book, "Lake Placid Diet: How the Olympic Village saved my life." The signing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. The store is located at 2491 Main Street.

I hope to see you at one of these signings, even if it's just to say hello. Obviously, I'd love it if you picked up a copy of one of my books as well. Here is the list of the eight books I currently have available:

"Lake Placid Diet" ($17.95)
"Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories" ($24.95)
"Adirondack Attic" volumes 2-6 ($18.00)
"New York's Adirondack Park: A User's Guide" ($8.95)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Lake Placid Diet book now available

As I was struggling to lose the weight I'd gained over the summer, due to the inability to exercise because of my gout, I was looking for inspiration. So I began re-reading the Lake Placid Diet columns online at the Lake Placid News website.

Anyone can read these columns for free on the LPN website, but I thought, "I wish I could get all these columns in one package for easy reference." That's how the book came about. I compiled most of the Lake Placid Diet columns from the first 18 months in book form -- 264 pages -- and paid for a short run - one book for me and 249 for others who would like to purchase copies for themselves. I've found that this was the inspiration I needed, and I'm finally starting to lose weight again.

I've listed the book for sale on Amazon. Buy it here.

Here's the description:

Lake Placid Diet: How the Olympic Village saved my life

Two years after a near-death experience due to his weight, Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn began the Lake Placid Diet weight-loss journey, sharing his progress and struggles with readers every week. He was 470 pounds. Within a year, Flynn made enough changes to build a foundation for a healthier lifestyle, using a community approach to weight loss, and it saved his life. He found many resources to help him, including a fitness center, support groups and natural food stores. In the process he began walking in local races, completing the Lake Placid Half-Marathon twice. With 80 pounds lost, and 170 more to reach his goal weight of 220 pounds, this is just the beginning. The journey continues.
Price: $17.95
Paperback: 5.5x8.5 inches
ISBN: 978-0-99857607-6-2

Monday, August 24, 2015

GoFundMe campaign launched for Gibson Brothers book

As I get deeper into the research and writing for my upcoming Gibson Brothers biography -- "Breakthrough: The Gibson Brothers Story" -- the bills are starting to pile up. Without book sales, there is no funding source to pay for the research and pre-production costs, such as travel. Therefore, today I launched a GoFundMe campaign to offset those costs.

Please support Andy Flynn's Gibson Brothers book.

I've spend more than two years following the Gibson Brothers in locations around New York and Vermont, including multiple trips to their hometown in Clinton County. And now I'm branching out. A couple weeks ago, I covered them at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, and I will be traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina, to cover them at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Show Oct. 1 and the World of Bluegrass concert at the Red Hat Amphitheater Oct. 2. It's important that I cover the IBMA Awards Show since they will be hosting it this year.

Read my coverage of the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival on the Lake Placid News website.

The Gibson Brothers biography is expected to be published in the summer of 2016.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Meeting Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

I'm extremely excited that I've been assigned to write a profile on a bluegrass band from Albany, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, for an upcoming issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. While I enjoy contributing to the Bluegrass Today website, and I'm honored the editor publishes my work, it's nice to have a freelance writing assignment that helps pay the bills.

After seeing Jim and his band perform at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York, a couple weeks ago, I was impressed enough to want to learn more about his music and share a little bit of New York with the rest of the bluegrass world.

Those in the Adirondack region may recognize Jim's banjo player, Scott Hopkins. He's originally from Peru, New York, and he also plays banjo for Beartracks, one of my favorite bluegrass bands based in Clinton County featuring Julie Hogan and her brother Tom Venne. They are good friends with the Gibson Brothers, Eric and Leigh, who are originally from Ellenburg Depot.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Work continues on Gibson Brothers book

Thirty-six hours after I got home from the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York, I was back in Ellenburg Depot Sunday working on the Gibson Brothers biography, interviewing Eric and Leigh's mother Shannon for the second time. I had some important follow-up questions from my first interview.

With my wife and one of Mrs. Gibson's cousins, we drove around the neighborhood so she could point out the old farms in the family's history. It was the perfect ending to a four-day weekend that began on Thursday, July 16 with seeing the Gibson Brothers perform at Grey Fox.

During the two days I was in Oak Hill, I interviewed Eric and Leigh about their upcoming gig as co-hosts of the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Ceremony on Oct. 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The announcement came on July 15. It's a good thing my wife and I bought tickets already. We are excited to see the Gibson Brothers take center stage for one of the highlights of their career so far.

On my second day at Grey Fox, I interviewed Katy Daley of WAMU's Bluegrass Country radio station, and she introduced me to several people that I interviewed for the book, including Grey Fox producer Mary Doub, Rounder Records exec Ken Irwin and Kitsy Kuykendall, whose husband Peter is the editor/general manager of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. It was a fun and productive weekend, and I am excited to be neck deep in research for the Gibson Brothers book. I will see the band again Aug. 13 at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour to visit Schenectady

Folk singer/songwriter Dan Berggren and I are ready to take our Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour to the GE Theatre, Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, on Friday, May 22. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

This performance is a benefit for the New York Folklore Society. To say that we're excited about this program is an understatement. A Minerva native, Dan has been collecting stories, writing songs and performing for more than 40 years. A Tupper Lake native, I've been collecting and writing stories about Adirondack history for more than 20 years, much of it with local media outlets such as North Country Public Radio, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and the Lake Placid News.

Together, we'll share the best of both worlds, literature and music, from New York state's 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. I'll read stories about artifacts from the Adirondack Museum, as published in six volumes of "Adirondack Attic" books, and Dan will perform songs related to those objects.

For example, I'll read a story about a mail sled used in Hamilton County, and Dan sings the song, "When Harry Carried the Mail."

The Adirondack Attic History Project was founded in 2003 to collect artifact-based human-interest stories from the Adirondack Museum. My weekly column ran in newspapers throughout the Adirondack Region from 2003 to 2009. In 2010, I launched the Adirondack Attic radio program on North Country Public Radio. Listen to the stories on my Adirondack Attic page.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at the GE Theatre on May 22. Tickets are $20. ORDER tickets today.