Kay Arnold did the coordination and planning again this year for the Texas Folklore Society's participation in the Texas Book Festival (October 31-Nov. 1) on the Capitol grounds in Austin. When she was called away at the last minute for a family emergency, Elaine Davenport and Carol Hanson were prepared to step in and lead the effort. A team of dedicated members: Charles Rodenberger, Elizabeth and Jack Duncan, Lucy West, Meredith Abarca, Jean and Lew Schnitz, Margaret Cox, Debra and Dow Cox, Rollo Newsom, and Vicky Rose worked in shifts, sharing their enthusiasm for the Texas Folklore Society and encouraging people to join. They reported having a fun time, too; Elaine said it was like a mini TFS meeting. She reported the following:
20 new memberships (including 2 in the Paisano Grande category)
13 of the 20 memberships were paid with credit cards. "Our ability to take credit cards was a big deal."
"KLBJ-AM, an Austin talk radio station, interviewed the team at the booth on Saturday morning. We ran out of brochures, but made do with photocopies and a LOT of chin music. Vicky brought a basket of fresh peppers from her garden, which caught the attention of many passers-by. Charles in his white Stetson played the Texas Ranger he looked like, pointing his finger at people and saying they NEEDED to join the Texas Folklore Society. Lucy was the top sales person, I think, culminating her informational spiel by pushing a membership form and pen under the person's nose."
Many thanks to the TEAM for their hard work.