Local author to appear at library May 23
Sex. Money. Murder. Drama. Housewives. No, it’s not the “Real Housewives of Orange County,’ but the “Real Housewives of … Ohio!” These outlandish housewives are featured in a new novel, Country Club Wives, a satire about women, money, and homeless animals set in an affluent Ohio town.
Author Sandra Gurvis will be at the Delaware County District Library (Main Library) on at 7 p.m. Wednesday to share the dirt behind the book and its fictional city, New Wellington. Was it all just a figment of the author’s overactive imagination or were actual people and animals involved?
Sandra Gurvis (sgurvis.com) is the author of 14 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Her titles include Day Trips From Columbus, Careers for Nonconformists, America’s Strangest Museums, and Ohio Curiosities. Her books have been featured on “Good Morning America,” “CBS Up to the Minute,” “ABC World News Tonight,” in USA Today and in other newspapers, on television and radio stations, and have been excerpted in dozens of magazines.
Ms. Gurvis will be selling and autographing her novel, with proceeds from the sale benefitting the Humane Society of Delaware County.
You are cordially invited to come hear local author Sandra Gurvis discuss and read from her new novel, Country Club Wives, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Main library.
What is the difference between muskmelon and cantaloupe?
Muskmelon is commonly known in the trade as a cantaloupe. However, no cantaloupes are actually grown commercially in the United States, only muskmelons. Cantaloupes are a rough warty fruit while muskmelons have the characteristic netting on the fruit rind. For more information, check in Food Lovers Companion.
How did Johnnycake Corners Elementary gets its name?
It seems that the area known as Johnnycake Corners (intersection of Cheshire Road and 3 B’s & K Road) derived its name from the Johnnycakes that the children carried to school for their lunches. A one-room school was once located in the area; currently, one of the Olentangy School District’s elementary buildings is located nearby the corner. Reference Librarian Sara Kennedy researched this question, referencing a memoir in the library’s local history collection titled “Ups and Downs Around Johnnycake,” and an article from The Delaware Gazette dated March 14, 2006.
How did Jim Henson die?
James Maury “Jim” Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was an American puppeteer, best known as the creator of The Muppets. As a puppeteer, Henson performed in various television programs, such as “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show,” films such as “The Muppet Movie” and “The Great Muppet Caper,” and created advanced puppets for projects like “Fraggle Rock,” “The Dark Crystal,” and “Labyrinth.” He was also an Oscar-nominated film director, Emmy Award-winning television producer, and the founder of The Jim Henson Company, the Jim Henson Foundation, and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. He died on May 16, 1990, of organ failure resulting from a Group A streptococcal infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes. Jim Henson: The Works, The Art, The Magic and The Imagination is the source for this information.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at mjsantos@delaware library.org . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!