Story Round Up   

Friday, October 20th 2017    

Presented by Manzanita Writers Press

A 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to the literary, historical, visual, and musical arts of the Mother Lode and Sierra region, based in Calaveras County.

At Manzanita Arts Emporium  – 9 am to 3:30 pm

1211 S. Main St., Angels Camp, CA 95222

Reserve your spot:

(209) 728-6171 –


9:00-10:30 – The GetSmart Group, popular Facebook marketing company of Angels Camp presents:   “Facebook Marketing—Telling and Selling Your Story” for writers and artists, enterpreneurs, businesses, and others.

10:30-11:45 –  Manzanita Writers Press Editors-  Preparing your story for publication – manuscript do’s and don’ts –

11:45-1 pmLunch on your own in local restaurants or bring your own

1-2:00 pmPat Kaunert as Mark Twain: Presents Storytelling and Yarn spinning in the Western Tradition with Mark Twain

2:00-3 pmYodeling cowboy and storytelling poet Ernie Sites presents “On the Trail with Ernie Sites Cowboy Poetry” – Sites shares some of his talent in cowboy poetry storytelling techniques – He will be a featured performer at the Mark Twain Wild West Fest in Angels Camp, Oct. 21. Thanks to Angels Camp Business Association and Destination Angels Camp for bringing Ernie Sites to the Mark Twain Wild West Fest and Story Roundup in Angels Camp!

3-3:15 Short Break

3:15-4:15 pmChrys MollettDiscover Your Voicepoet and songwriter/musician Chrys Mollett will share strategies in developing your style in writing song lyrics, poetry, and storytelling.

Cost for the day: $35/personboth morning and afternoon workshop sessions.  At Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main St., Angels Camp, CA 95222 – 209-728-6171  – Proceeds will help fund two of our public programs for the community:

Voices of Wisdom: Preserving the Stories of Our Elders – free writing classes for 55-plus seniors, stimulating the expression of memories and publishing of stories for community enrichment

Out of the Fire: anthology and website dedicated to telling the stories of the Butte Fire and its aftermath and providing insights into the nature of the beauty and risks of living in a Mother Lode and Sierra environment—as well as the resilience of communities in coping with tragedy. The website, when completed, will aim to provide a central resource for regional fire concerns and information, as well as narratives and lessons learned from fire experiences. We will strive to make it a Fire Resource for many of our mountain and foothill communities.

No-host Dinner at Camps with Ernie Sites and Pat Kaunertcocktails at 5 – dinner at 6 – $35 – Proceeds help support Voices of Wisdom and Out of the Fire programs.

Another event happening in the evening at MAE: Reserve your spot for the evening’s Sip n Paint with artist Mary Sexton – 6-9 pm – $45 includes all materials.



 The Get Smart Group: Specializing in Marketing, Sales, Design, & Technology for B2C Businesses.

Scott Reynolds is a co-founder of the Get Smart Group, a full service marketing agency right here in Angels Camp. Scott, along with his wife Ali, started their company seven years ago and now serve over 100 clients throughout the US and Canada.scott-and-ali-reynolds

The Get Smart Group started when Ali & Scott Reynolds teamed up in early 2008 to help small businesses with their growth strategies. Over time, they have added a number of talented people whose abilities round out our overall skill set and bring a depth to our consulting services. Prior to founding the company, Scott was CEO of a successful tech startup, produced and edited video at a national level and owned a jury consulting company serving clients nationwide. Ali has a background in advertising sales and small business marketing. Prior to co-founding The Get Smart Group, Ali owned a successful advertising company that primarily served the legal industry in California.

Over lunch in 2008, Ali and Scott decided to pool their skills and begin assisting companies throughout California on their marketing and business growth strategies. Since then, they have worked with dozens of companies on projects ranging from simple web site design through entire re-branding projects. Over the past few years, they have become a leader in advertising on Facebook spending over $500,000 per year on behalf of their clients’ (and their own) ad campaigns. There campaigns have led to a ton of insight into the inner workings of Facebook and how to be successful with just about any campaign.

Scott Reynolds and wife and partner, Ali Reynolds, say this about their vision and company model, “We work with businesses of all sizes to help them create growth and success in their company. Think of us as business engineers. If you’ve got a problem with a small area or need to completely rebuild (or even build from scratch) we can help you map out the path.”

Services Offered: Graphic Design, branding, collateral materials, mailings, ads, web design, Social Media Campaigns + ongoing management, Google, Youtube, Facebook ad design & management, Marketing Calendar Planning, Radio & Video Project Management, Email Design & Broadcast, Content creation for websites, email & mailing follow-up campaigns, Custom CRM Implementation, Customized Sales & Marketing Training. Contact The Get Smart Group in Angels Camp, CA for your media marketing needs.

Pau Kaunert and Mark Twain Productions

In Twain’s voice and presence, Pat Kaunert tells you about traveling west in the year 1861. Pat brings to life the history, adventure, and romance of Mark Twain. This show delivers a wealth of wit, wisdom, and spirit of the American West. Pat tells you some of Twain’s most beloved stories including the Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, A Genuine Mexican Plug, Tom Quartz the Cat, Baker’s Blue Jay Yarn, the Million Dollar Gold Pan, and much more.pat-kaunert

Pat knows Mark Twain—he has lived the Mark Twain life out West. As a retired fire patrol ranger and information officer for the U.S. Forest Service, Pat is equipped to convincingly tell you Twain’s stories. Like Mark Twain, Pat worked as a news correspondent in the Sierra Nevada, reporting on wildfires, thunderstorms, wildlife, ranchers, loggers and gold miners. Pat knows the West because he has lived it, and he is authentic. In a new, credible, and fresh way, Pat relates Twain’s passion about humankind, social responsibility, and the natural environment. The message is timeless.

Pat is faithful to Twain’s experiences and observations of the American West. He possesses a University of California Bachelor’s Degree in English, with an emphasis in American Literature, and he is well studied in the life, times, and literature of Samuel Clemens. Pat is keenly familiar with the history, places, and people along the Mark Twain trail out West. Pat’s portrayal vividly illustrates Mark Twain, and his influence in changing and shaping American culture, society, and literature. Indeed, Pat Kaunert is Mark Twain Today. Pat is the real deal—he is Mark Twain Today, Out West, first hand.