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 The Days of 
  Song and Lilacs  
By:Beth Obermeyer
Format: Paperback

 Midwest Book Award Finalist, 2012, Memoir
Midwest Book Finalist, Memoir, 2012 Book Award, Author, Beth Obermeyer, Days of Song and Lilacs


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The Days of Song and Lilacs 

    Q&A - The Days of Song and Lilacs
        

 
Publication date: May 15, 2012
North Star Press of St. Cloud
Format: Paperback


"A summer bouquet, a sweet story, just a charming memoir.  Eveyone will enjoy it. Beth signed her book on Mrs. Paroo's Porch, in her hometown, Mason City, Iowa, on the 50th anniversary of the film premiere of The Music Man.  Revisit sets of the show--the library, the footbridge, and the gymnasium where the professor launched the big, rousing "Seventy-six Trombones..."
                     St. Paul Pioneer Press, Mary Ann Grossmann, Senior Book Editor


            "Wow!  This is just terrific. This is brilliant!"   
                  Lynne Warfel, National Host, American Public Media

            "Obermeyer delivers a unique slice of Americana, lyrical and magic, consistent and authentic. 
        Robert DeFlores, rare film historian

            "Beth...thank you most especially for the photos and warm recollections and reflections of our mutual friend and accompanist, Mabel Kelso.  I am very pleased...it was a pleasure." 
          Meredith Willson, composer, The Music Man, March 11 and December 18, 1981 letters


            "Beth brings to the page all the joy and energy she brings to the stage.  And...these characters are such characters!" 

           Kate St. Vincent Vogl, Loft Literary Center teaching artist and author, Lost and Found: A Memoir of Mothers


            "Who could resist the joyous stories and lilting rhythms of this memoir?  Beth Obermeyer dances right out of The Music Man and carries us back to Mason City, in the 1950's, (and) she remembers it with loving detail."
           Susan Allen Toth, author, Blooming: A Small-Town Girlhood, a New York Times notable book.







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 BIG! WORLD-RECORDS 
  in the Streets  
  PLUS TAP DANCING  
 GALORE  
By:Beth Obermeyer
Format: Paperback


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Big! World Records in the Streets!
                                    Plus Tap Dancing Galore!  


        
Big! World Records in the Streets! Plus Tap Dancing Galore! goes backstage with dancer Mary Beth Obermeyer as she shows what it's like to solo with Garrison Keillor, Christopher Plummer, Gregory Hines. Then she brings her quality hoopla to the streets for a half dozen world records--including the World's Largest Marching Band (2,512;) the six-mile Bucket Brigade on Lake Street; the World's Longest Chorus Line, all in Minneapolis; and Leapfrogging in Frogtown; the Mass Break Dance (7,000+) and the one that changed her life, the first Minnesota Festival of the Book, all in St. Paul. And you won't want to miss any of those Out-Takes!
 
Publication date: August 9, 2011 
North Star Press of St. Cloud
Format: Paperback







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    A Summer Read Pick: "Well-written, charming memoir."
                                        St Paul Pioneer Press

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The Biggest Dance; A Miracle on Concrete  

        One October evening 1,801 tap dancers shuffled and clicked down Hennepin Avenue to open their arts center - the first flash mob, decades before the Internet - and set a Guinness World Record. The upbeat tapping paved the way for a new image for the downtown thoroughfare, for all the townspeople had signed up. Church ladies tapped beside ladies of the street already in fishnets. Families, lovers, and dancing schools too, joined in the dance, more alike than different with tap shoes on their feet.
        This record-breaking extravaganza proved to be so much more that any wine and cheese opening for the newly-renovated Hennepin Center for the Arts.  The magic of the story shines through, as related by the lone tap teacher at the Minnesota Dance Theatre—who as a soloist, nevertheless insisted: everyone should do it.  Everyone must.  

Publication date: May 15, 2011 
North Star Press of St. Cloud
Format: Paperback


“Looks like a scene in Rosalie, all those tap-dancers.”
                                                   Eleanor Powell, 1930s film star

“And it just goes to show you—thousands, millions of people have a warm spot in their heart—their tap shoes hanging back behind the old tennis racket, somewhere."
                                                   Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion 
                                                        guest appearance; 6:57 p.m., New Year’s Eve, 1983

“. . . Tappers who are good, some who are oh-so-bad and then, the great ones, should read this book because it is about the joy of tapping by a woman who loves it and it shows. Enjoy!”
                                                   Barbara Flanagan, Minneapolis Star Tribune, columnist
 
“This is a story that will dance its way into your heart . . .”
                                                   Kate St. Vincent Vogl, author, nominated for the
                                                        Great Lakes Book Award; Instructor, Loft Literary Center
Book Reviews

“A Summer Read Pick: "Well-written, charming memoir."
                          St Paul Pioneer Press, Mary Ann Grossmann, Book Editor             
                                                                                               for June 5th 2011

“Lots of people said it couldn't happen, but 1,800 tap dancers proved them wrong. Now it's definitely on the record, and with (70-plus) pictures."
                         Minneapolis Star Tribune, Barbara Flanagan, columnist, July 4, 2011

“A beautiful book, inside and out, and so readable”
                       Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Kristen Buehner, Reporter, May 27, 2011

“It's everybody's little-engine-that-could story, the news of which flew around the world.”
                               Hill & Lake Press, May 20, 2011

“Congratulations Minneapolis and Bravo!”
                                     Acia Gray, President, International Tap Association, May 20, 2011

“Lovely humor, fascinating details and suspense...a touching story. It should be a film.”
                                           Dean Diggins, Tap Legend and Paul Draper protege, June 11




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