Fall Pumpkin paintings and Festival story time

The 2019 fall festivals are beginning soon. It makes me want to paint pumpkins. Happy ones. I will be reading “The Happy Pumpkin” for story time Saturday Oct 19, 2019 at the Good Earth Garden Center in Little Rock from 11-2. This pumpkin festival is a free family event. Bring your young children and gather round to hear a pumpkin story. A happy one. Sing some fun fall Halloween and harvest time songs. You may want to purchase pumpkins from the Good Earth along with a storybook from me with a pumpkin painting, one that makes you happy!  Painted by Miss Carol. Here are some samples, along with the storybook, which is now available on Amazon kindle.

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Painting pumpkins at home.

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Just one click will help you to preview the kindle ebook version of the Happy Pumpkin.

Thank you for supporting local authors and artists. Hope to see you at the Good Earth Event Oct 19.

Happy Fall ya’ll -Carol Dabney

 

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Music by Rod and Carol

Music by Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale. We met at a Fall Festival in 2014. Rod was playing music and I was teaching music at St Mark’s Day School. We started paying music together right away. We had both just lost our mom’s to Alzheimer’s and were independently playing music for nursing homes, so we just continued this amazing mission together, b/c singing for the greatest generation of Americans is a blessing to us. Presently we are regularly singing for over 30 different venues of this kind each month, as well as festivals and children’s libraries.

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I played the ukulele and Rod plays the guitar and harmonica.

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My day school children just love Mr. Rod when he comes to do our annual Veteran’s Day program and he plays his harmonica and shows them some magic tricks. Rod served in the Navy and was in the golf industry for over 35 years. He has one son that works at Disney World as a golf pro. instructor. Now that Rod is retired he can sing with me every day after I come home from school.

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I love teaching music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School in Little Rock Arkansas. I have five children and nine grandchildren. I lived in Hawaii for 20 years and that’s why I play the ukulele. I have been a radio disc jockey and music resource teacher at many schools and churches. This picture was taken at don Roberts School in Little Rock.

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This is where we met. The Plantation Cotton Festival in Scott, Arkansas. That’s Rod getting ready to go on ‘stage’ and sing. He asked me out that day and we have been together ever since. I know what you’re thinking, and Yes!  he is as cute as pecan pie. This country singer sitting in front of this amazing cabin was more then I could stand, so I scooped him right up . See, I was raised on a goat farm in Madison county and so this is my cup of tea. I love this cabin and I love the country.

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Of course we composed our own wedding song from the book of Ruth… “Where You Go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.” We were recording music at Blue Chair Recording studio in Austin, Arkansas with a talented engineer Darian Stribling. He was helping us record audiobooks and songs for children and presently we are working on a country album. All our music has beautiful violin music played by noted musician Tim Crouch. He makes the arrangements come to life. I wish we could record more, but its costly, so we pay as we go, recording whenever we have extra money in the kitty.

This beautiful picture was taken by Rebekah Schmitz at the school where I teach

  • side note here: Both Darian and Tim have been nominated for the Arkansas Country Music awards to be held in Maumelle June 3, 2019. Very excited and proud to know them.

    We are having so much fun with music.

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  • This is at FoxRidge Chenal

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We even did a bit of a road trip this year. During Thanksgiving break we sang in Camden Arkansas where Rod went to school. This was sponsored by Woods Catering. We sang for the nursing homes and the library. 140 children turned out to have Christmas stories read to them, sing Christmas songs, and see a bit of Mr. Rod’s magic.

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We also traveled to Star city during Spring Break and what a sweet town. We have plans to return several times this summer and fall. Looking forward to that.

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Singing Patriotic shows at the Air Force Base in Jacksonville library, and we will return July 11. Patriotic show at  Sherwood Elmcroft.

We sang Christmas songs and read a Christmas story for children “Twas The mouse Before Christmas” a Christmas tale I wrote and Rod and I sang. A film producer and writer friend of mine John Elchier captured the storytime and put it on YouTube.

Also Rod became the singing Santa at a Christmas in July program at Andover Place

( that’s why he has shorts on)  don’t you love those groovy socks?

Carol and Rod 1950s sang at a 1950’s sock hop patriotic Veteran’s show in North Little Rock.

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  • This was a fund raising event for Alzheimer’s at Pleasant Valley.
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  • Singing in the Antrium at Woodland during a snow shower. April Pollard took this picture.
  • Carol and Rod at Mardi Gras
  • Mardi Gras program at Stonehaven.
  • A Roaring ’20’s show at Andover with director Donya.
  • Singing Christmas carols at the Capital every December is a highlight. Pictured with my sister Cindy and daughter Michelle dancing hula to White Christmas.
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    Hawaiian shows at Woodland with the staff. Bryant Sr. Center and Elmcroft in Maumelle.

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  • Composing music for our country album. Picture during Parkstone program.
  • Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin Arkansas. We are having a great adventure and excited to see what’s next. I guess we can say, you are never too old to live your dreams. Thanks for stopping in. May God richly bless you with family, friends, and a dream in your heart.

Reading/Singing at Good Earth

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Saturday October 20, 2018 the Good Earth hosted a children’s story time and gave me an opportunity to read The Happy Pumpkin. We sang and read and had a blast! My book and several of my artwork pumpkin paintings are displayed inside at Good Earth in Little Rock for the month of October, if anyone would like to have a Happy Pumpkin painting by Miss Carol. For anyone living out of state you can get a copy of this  Halloween/Thanksgiving storybook at Amazon. A wonderful fun story about sharing pumpkin seeds giving tribute to the America’s very first farmers.

The Happy Pumpkin has been revised to a big 8 x 11 size book with colorful artwork. Intended for young children and families to read during harvest/fall Halloween to Thanksgiving and as a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Its a fun-filled poetic read of one pilgrims journey to America, written for children, but with a message for all. Its about the struggles and rewards of harvest time. The Happy Pumpkin grows up and produces lots of seeds to feed the new nation, becomes a Jack-O-Lantern, and helps the pilgrim find a good wife all by Thanksgiving Day.

The author, Carol Dabney, was raised on a 40 acre farm in Madison County Arkansas. She learned the value of a hard working farm where there was crops to harvest and goats to milk. She has five children and six children. She happily works as a music teacher at St. Mark’s Day School in Little Rock.

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Mr. Rod plays the harmonica for the kids at Good Earth.

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I brought along a couple of friends my students enjoy at school. Mr. Owl, who sings in a deep voice the song “I’m Not Scared!” but often scares himself, until the children sing softly so he stops hiding his eyes and returns to singing along. Then there is Green Frog, who sing the song “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” I also brought Baby Bumblebee and Dudley the Duck who gives kisses to children and sing the song “Six Little Duck”.

There was a goat dressed as a pumpkin, so naturally I was drawn to the lit’ guy. Rod says says that’s why he and I get along so well.

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My artwork is displayed inside the main building at the Good Earth for the month of October, if anyone wants to take home a Miss Carol Happy Pumpkin painting. My storybooks will be there too. The Good Earth on Cantrell Hwy 10 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Thank you so much for stopping by. Our next programs will be November 11 at the Convention Center downtown Little Rock Holiday House Santa event from 9-noon. Rod and I will be there singing Christmas songs and reading holiday books.

Also November 17 at the Hilary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center in Little Rock for their 10am children’s story hour.

And Saturday December 1 at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Look for us inside after the parade at 4. We will read and sing from 6-8pm . Its a fun way to wait in line to see Santa. The capital is decorated beautiful. This is the event of the year you don’t want to miss. See you there.

All my story books are available online at amazon as well as audiobooks.

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

Thank you for your support. Be blessed. -Carol Dabney

 

Summer Music by Rod and Carol

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Rod and Carol singing Hawaiian luaus in Central Arkansas all summer for various programs and events from children’s library events, family parties and festivals, to senior centers. Summer 2018.

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Michelle Dabney dancing hula for the Kid Zone at 10 fitness in Little Rock.

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We sing Aloha and happy birthday programs for senior centers around the state.

presenting Hawaiian programs through stories, art and music to the children at Whole Foods in Little Rock

Watercolor art by Carol Dabney. Illustrations in storybooks. Children’s books written by Carol Dabney found online at Amazon.  https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

Joined by Cindy Reyes and Michelle Dabney for more Hawaiian programs. Summer time fun. Hawaiian/English music by Carol Dabney found online at Amazon

 

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Stop into Amazon and Check out our books and music. Thank you for your support.

 

74th Arkansas Writer’s Conference

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I love going to the Arkansas Writer’s Conference. I meet other authors who share so much information about writing and marketing. Some of us set up tables of our books. Its fun to see the covers and artwork on everyone’s newest offerings. I been to a couple years in a row and its becoming liken unto a family reunion, seeing old friends and catching up. Ideas of what we are each doing to share our stories are fascinating and very helpful. I always learn something fresh and leave with new energy.

This year I was one of the presenters. I shared about my first story “Military Mommy” about my daughter who entered the United States Army. The update was she had been gone to Iraq for the past 10 months and we were awaiting her soon return to America. They were ready to board the plane to come home weeks before but a sudden scary illness had them in quarantine at the time of the conference. I am happy to say even though it was a nasty stomach bug, the soldiers returned safely this week. We had a fun family get together this past weekend and she got to see her children. As a mother, I am relieved and thankful beyond words that she is home. God bless America.

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A simple poetic story about military families.  “Military Mommy” about my daughter Melissa Dabney. The little book has photographs of the military base at bootcamp in Jacksonville, South Carolina and her first duty station in the Hawaiian island.

That story led to a biography of my father who was a Navyman during WWII. It was to be a short essay but turned into his whole life’s journey. A military love story  “Dance Me Home” took three years and became a 70,000 word book.  I shared a song I wrote for my dad called “Soldier”

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Dance Me Home 2012 is a military love story biography written by Carol Dabney

My writing turned a corner after dad’s book and I started writing children’s books. I started working as a music teacher at St. Mark’s Day School in Little Rock. I love children. Raised five of my own. They are grown now and having children of their own.

I wrote a whimsical Christmas story about a mouse. “Twas The Mouse before Christmas” I spent a year learning how to illustrate. That was harder then it sounds.

 

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After that, I was asked to illustrate some animals parables for another author. Attorney Everett Martindale. Presently we have 12 storybooks. At the writer’s conference I shared about how my music students help me in the development of songs to go with the stories.  I featured “Wisdom, the Elephant Used by God”

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My sister-in-law Cindy Reyes translates the animal books into Spanish.  I discovered a talented musician in Rod Ragsdale and we found a recording studio and started producing audiobooks of these wonderful stories. Rod is the voice of many of the stories. We add background sounds and have a lot of fun. I recommend Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas. The engineer Darian Stribling is fabulous.

 

 

I think at the end of my writer’s conference I share a song I recorded when I was just 17. I had been awarded a recording contract with Paradise Records in Nashville, Tenn after winning the national talent award as “Miss Arkansas Teen” The song “Arkansas” really describes my young life being raised on a 40 acre farm in the Ozarks. Southern roots.

Now I live and work in Little Rock and its been an amazing journey. Thank you to all at the conference for so much encouragement. I’m also thankful for the support in buying my storybooks online at Amazon and local bookstores and festival.

Oh and I am happy to announce that Rod and I will be married at the end of summer 2018.

 

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Rod and I will be reading and singing at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday July 28th at 10am. Hope to see you there.

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

Thank you Arkansas Writer’s Conference for letting me share my personal journey.

 

 

A Christmas Carol

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Merry Christmas 2017. Love being a music teacher and entertainer especially at Christmas time.

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…and I’m engaged to the singing Santa, which makes it all the more festive.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, we are all childlike at Christmas.

Rod Ragsdale sang Christmas carols for Holiday House at the Arkansas State convention center  starting in November to kick off the season. Rod, Cindy and my daughter Michelle sang Christmas carols at the Arkansas State Capital December 2 for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Rod and I have been to over 30 senior centers and nursing homes in central Arkansas, festivals and several schools.

Plus the Jacksonville Library Children’s after school program and Children’s Library and Learning center.

We were the Whoville Christmas carolers for the GrinchFest along with channel 11’s Craig O’Neille, who is the Grinch master story-teller, held every year at the Children’s Library in Little Rock.

We also read our Christmas stories at the capital, several schools and libraries. Here is my sister Cindy Reyes who translates all my storybooks into Spanish.

These pictures are from the times I have traveled to Santa’s North Pole Adventureland in Jonesboro to sing and read for Kathy Johnson and her sisters for their magical store. I wrote a new story just for their Princess specials called “Santa’s North Pole Princess” the book is in their gift shop. https://www.facebook.com/santasnorthpolejonesboro/

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Rod has a Christmas adventure for young children called Golfing with Santa book four in The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course series.

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From our home to yours Merry Christmas and may God richly bless you in the new year 2018.

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Capital Event 2017

Come join Carol, Rod and Cindy at the Arkansas State Capital in Little Rock Saturday December 2 for the annual Christmas tree lighting from 6-8pm to welcome Santa coming to town. Carol, Rod and Cindy will be reading their Christmas storybooks and singing Christmas carols.

 

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Story-tellers share children’s storybook “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” written and illustrated by Carol Dabney. In English and Spanish. Spanish translation by teacher Cindy Reyes. Available in audiobook with song online at http://www.amazon.com write ‘Carol Dabney Music’ in the search. or click the links below:

https://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Before-Christmas-Carol-Dabney/dp/B0182XWYNM/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511270067&sr=8-8&keywords=Carol+Dabney+Music

 

 

This is Carol’s first Christmas storybook published in 2013. It has a cookie recipe and an original song on sheet music in the book. The audiobook has character voices read by Cindy, Carol and Rod along with the song “Christmas in Your Heart”

Hear the story and see the illustrations on UTUBE on the link below: So much fun. Thank you for supporting teacher-artist Carol Dabney.

 

Thanks for listening. Hope you enjoy this very fun story. Please leave a message. Send to a friend with children.

From our house to yours… Merry Christmas…-Carol Dabney

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Also enjoy being a part of the Santa’s North Pole Holiday magical Adventureland each year in Jonesboro.

We have enjoyed sharing our story over the past 4 years at schools, libraries, festivals, nursing homes, annual Holiday House Santa event and the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Arkansas State Capital.

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The first time I read it was for a classroom at Schofield Army barracks in Hawaii. I also read at Ft. Lee when my daughter was stationed there. At home in Arkansas I travel the state and read with Cindy and Rod. Cindy and I are both teachers and love the classroom or school assembly events. Rod is a wonderful story-teller and has fun as the Singing Santa.

We will be presenting our story and music at the Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday December 16, 2017 at the 10am family story hour. You can get a book and we will personally sign it with your child’s name in it. Please share this with your friends and thank you for supporting local artist. It helps us continue our work.

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Merry Christmas 2017