Nov. 7, 2004 – On Sunday afternoon about 60 Frederiksted residents mixed food, memories and music at a book signing in historic Fort Frederik.
The book being celebrated was "Glory Days of Frederiksted," a collection of short stories of folklore and personal experiences by Al Franklin, Delta Dorsch, Cino Christopher, Richard Schrader Sr., Ellenor Paul, Cyril Murphy, Jerry Doward, Horace Clarke, Marvin Williams, Olivia H. Henry and others.
The afternoon started with a discussion of Frederiksted history and how the book came to be created. Those who remembered their experiences wrote sections while others dictated their memories to other writers.
Al Franklin, one of the authors and the president of Our Town Frederiksted, did most of the signing of this just-released publication.
Franklin said, "There is so much history and folklore about Frederiksted that they are asking for contributions from people for the sequel."
He added that the tales in the first book are funny and cover the decades from the 1930s to the 1970s.
After the talk people moved into the fort's courtyard to enjoy food and cocktails provided by Villa Morales. The traditional music forced one gentleman, who said he was celebrating his 80th birthday on Monday, to break into some dance steps. A partner quickly joined him.
The book is $27 for members of Our Town Frederiksted and $30 for non-members, if purchased from the organization. For information or to purchase the book call 772-3550. It may also be purchased at the University of Virgin Islands bookstore for $32.
Our Town Frederiksted sponsored the event.
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