Cruising Connecticut With a Picnic Basket



Writing has been a part of Jan’s life since age nine, when she submitted a poem to the children’s poetry section of the Hartford Times newspaper, and promptly received her first rejection. But, what a rejection — a hand-written letter from the poetry editor encouraging her to continue writing. As an adult, Jan founded the Open Circle Writer’s Group and is a member of Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.

Along with writing, Jan has long had a passion for day tripping and enjoyed many years of designing special outings for friends and family before embarking on the adventure of writing a day tripping book.



Jan Mann, Author

 


Book Talks

From the launch of the 1st Edition of Cruising Connecticut in the Spring of 2006 to the Spring of 2012 Jan has participated in 200 book signings and presentations to interested groups and organizations in Connecticut. 

 

   Topics May Include:

  • Connecticut's Treasures - The old and the new

  • Little-known Facts About Well-known Attractions

  • Cruising Connecticut with Children

  • The Art of Planning the Perfect Picnic

Contact Jan at jan@cruisingconnecticut.com to schedule a visit or to inquire about the creation of a presentation geared to your group’s interest. 


Upcoming Author Appearances

Time/Date

Place -     Click here to Print Appearances

2014

June 10th
7:00 p.m.
Hamden Public Library
Book Talk and signing
June 28th
9-12:00 noon
Old Saybrook Farmers Market
Book Talk and signing
June 30th
7:00 pm
Manchester Public Library
Book Talk and signing

2013

June 5th
9:00 am
Granby Senior Women's Breakfast, Granby
Book Talk and signing
June 11th
6:30 pm
Hall Memorial Library, Ellington
Book Talk & Signing
June 22nd
2:00 pm
East Hampton Public Library
Book Talk & Signing
June 29th
9:00 am
Old Saybrook Farmers Market, Old Saybrook
Book Signing
July 22nd
6:30 pm
Craigin Memorial Library, Colchester
Book Talk & Signing (CT Authors Trail)
Oct. 5th
10-2:00 pm
Farmington Valley Arts Center 
CT Authors Meet & Greet Day
     

2012

May 8th
12:30-3 pm
Westy Storage, Fairfield
Book Signing
June 9th
1:00 pm
Thomaston Public Library
Book Talk
June 11th
2:00 pm
Milford Public Library
Book Talk and Signing
June 12th
12 noon
Mystic Garden Club, Mystic
Book Talk
June 27th
7:00 pm
Meriden Public Library
Book Talk and Signing
July 1st
9-12:30 pm
Old Saybrook Farmers Market
Book Signing
July 26th
1:00 pm
Trumbull Library
Talk & Book Signing
Sept. 27th
10 am- 1pm
The BIG E, W. Springfield, MA
Connecticut Building - Book signing 
- see www.theBIGE.com

2011

May 10th
7:00 pm
Hamden Public Library, Hamden, CT
Book Talk & Signing
May 19th
6:30 pm
Richmond Public Library, Marlborough
Book Talk & Signing
June 11th
1:00-3:00pm
Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford
Book Signing
June 21st
6:30 pm
Middlebury Public Library
Book Talk & Signing
June 25th
9-12 noon
Farmers Market, Old Saybrook, CT
Book Signing
July 14
7:00 pm
Hagaman Memorial Library, East Haven
Book Talk & Signing
August 23
7:00 pm
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, Berlin
Book Talk & Signing
Sept 22nd
7:00 pm
Windsor Public Library
Book Talk and Signing
Nov 6th
12:00 noon
Fairfield University Book Store, Fairfield
Book Signing
Nov 20th
10 am-3 pm
Shop Til You Drop, Hartford/Windsor Marriott, Windsor
Book Signing

2010

May 4th
7:00 pm
Kent Memorial Library, Suffield
Book Talk & Signing
May 8th
2:00 pm
Terryville Public Library
Book Talk & Signing
May 15th
11:00 am
Burnham Library, Bridgewater
Book Talk & Signing
May 19th
6:30 pm
Brainerd Library, Haddam
Book Talk & Signing
May 20th
6:30 pm
Willington Public Library
Book Talk & Signing
June 10th
7:00 pm
Cheshire Public Library
Book Talk & Signing
June 19th
1:00-3:00pm
Borders Books, Meriden
Book Signing
July 6th
6:30 pm
Derby Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 8th
7:00 pm
Southington Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 13th
6:00 pm
Old Lyme Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 15th
7:00 pm
Stafford Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 17th
1:00-3:00 pm
Borders, Fairfield
Book Signing
July 24th 
11:00 am
Danbury Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 27th
10:00 am
Southington Garden Club
Book Talk & Signing
Sept 2nd
12:00 noon
Rotary Club, Southbury
Book Talk & Signing
Sept 13th
7:45 pm
Church of the Assumption Ladies Guild, Manchester
Book Talk & Signing
Sept 15th
7:30 pm
Wallingford Historical Society
Book Talk & Signing
Sept 24th
10:00am-4:00pm
Big E
Book Signing
Dec 3rd
4:30-7:00pm
Shop 'Til You Drop Holiday Fair, Woodside School, Cromwell
Book Signing
Dec 8th
5:00-7:00pm
Girls Night Out Shopping Event, Heart of the Country, Wethersfield
Book Signing

2009

April 22nd
7:00-8:00pm

Plainville Library
Book Talk & Signing

May 3rd
12:00 noon

Grace Church, Hartford, Spring Picnic Lunch
Book Talk & Signing

May 14th
12:45pm
The Woman's Club of Greenwich 
Book Talk & Signing
May 16th
9:00am-3:00pm
St. Mary's Church Spring Fair, Manchester 
Book Signing
May 19th
5:00-8:30pm
Girls Night Out at the Aqua Turf
Southington Book Signing

June 5th
6:00-8:00pm

So. Glastonbury Library Picnic & Wine Tasting
Book Talk & Signing

June 7th
3:00pm 

Buttonwood Tree, Middletown
Author Event & Signing

June 10th
9:30-11:00am
Manchester Area Christian Women's Connection Brunch
Book Talk & Signing
June 27th
9:00am-1:00pm
Old Saybrook Farmer's Market 
Book Signing
July 3rd
3:00-7:00pm
Subfest 2009 Groton Subase
Book Signing
July 5th
2:00-4:00pm
Mystic Seaport Store
Book Signing
July 9th
3:00-6:00pm
Deep River Farmer's Market
Book Signing
July 11th
1:00-3:00pm
Borders, Meriden
Book Signing
July 13th
7:00-9:00pm
East Granby Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 15th
6:00-8:00pm
Burlington Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 21st
6:30pm
Jonathan Trumbull Library, Lebanon
Book Talk & Signing
July 24th
12:00-2:00pm
Brookfield Senior Center
Book Talk & Signing
July 27th
6:30pm
Walllingford Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 29th
6:30pm
Thompson Public Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 30th
1:00pm
CH Booth Library, Newtown
Book Talk & Signing
Aug 4th
7:00pm
Wethersfield Public Library
Book Talk & Signing
Aug 20th
3:30-6:30pm
Whole Foods, Raymond Rd., W. Hartford
Book Signing
Oct 10th
1:00 pm
Voluntown Library
Book Talk & Signing
Oct. 11th
11-3:00 pm
Farmer's Market, Marlborough Village Shops (formerly Marlborough Barn)
Book Signing
Oct. 14th
6:30 pm
Brainerd Memorial Library, Haddam
Book Talk & Signing
Oct. 29th
7:00 pm
East Granby Library
Book Talk & Signing
Nov 10th
7:30-9:30AM
Nayaug Book Fair, Nayaug School, Glastonbury
Book Signing
Nov 18th
9:00-2:00pm
State House Square, Hartford (Food Court)
Book Signing
Dec 1st
11:00-2:00pm
Henkel Corporation, Rocky Hill (Cafeteria)
Book Signing
Dec 2nd
7:30pm
Southington Newcomers Club, Southington
Book Talk & Signing
Dec 4th
7-10:00pm
Ladies Night Out Holiday Fair, St. Mary's Church, Middletown
Book Signing
Dec 5th
10:00-2:00pm
Russell Library, Broad St., Middletown, Book Event
Book Signing


2008

April 10th
10:00-11:00am

MOMS Club of Glastonbury-South, Glastonbury Community Church
Book talk and signing

April 10th
7:00-9:00pm
St. Joseph’s School Book Fair, Brookfield
Book talk and signing
April 12th
1:00-3:00pm
Card Hall, Wethersfield Shopping Center
Book Signing
April 19th
2:00-3:00pm
Borders Books, Milford
Panel discussion on Publishing Options

April 22nd
10:30 am

“Meet the Author” Luncheon Series, Darien Community Assoc.
Book talk and signing

April 26th
1:00-2:00pm

Borders Books, Meriden
Panel discussion on Publishing Options

May 1st
9:15-11:15am

MOPS, 1st Church of Christ, Wethersfield
Book talk and signing

May 4th
11:00-12:00am
Prudence Sloan's "More Than Simply Food" Radio Show 
WDRC (AM1360) Interview
May 10th
12:00-2:00pm
Borders Books, Meriden
Book signing
May 12th
1:00-2:00pm
AARP Meeting, Miller Library, Hamden
Book talk and signing
May 13th
7:00-8:00pm
Women's Guild of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Bristol
Book Talk and signing

May 18th
2:00-3:00pm

Borders Books, Farmington
Panel discussion on Publishing Options

May 20th
5:00-8:30pm
Aqua Turf "Girl's Night Out"
Book Signing
May 29th
7:00 PM
Creative Women Today - TV Interview
Cablevision Ch. 77
(Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge)
May 30th
11:30 AM
Creative Women Today - TV Interview
Cablevision Ch. 77
(Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge)
May 31st
5:00-7:00pm
Borders Southbury Grand Opening
Book Signing
June 1st
4:00 PM
Essex Library
Book Discussion / Signing / Sample 2 Recipes
June 3rd
11:30 AM
Nutmeg Television (Ch. 5)
Appearance on "The Book Authority"
(Avon, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, New Britain & Plainville)
June 5th
7:00 PM
Creative Women Today - TV Interview
Cablevision Ch. 77
(Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge)
June 6th
11:30 AM
Creative Women Today - TV Interview
Cablevision Ch. 77
(Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge)
June 10th
7:00pm
Portland Library
Book talk and signing
June 12th
7:00 PM
Creative Women Today - TV Interview
Cablevision Ch. 77
(Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge)
June 13th
11:30 AM
Creative Women Today - TV Interview
Cablevision Ch. 77
(Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge)
June 19th
5:00pm 
Deep River Public Library
Book Talk & Signing
June 21st
11-2pm
Manchester YWCA Celebration 25 years, Martin School
Book Signing
June 26th
6:30-7:30pm
Strawberry Park Resort Campground
Book Talk & Signing
July 3rd
4:00-6:00pm
Deep River Farmers' Market, Deep River Library
Book Signing
July 9th
7:00-9:00pm
"Chefs and Books" Farmington Library
Book Talk, Signing & Tasting
July 11th
5:30pm
Mystic KOA Campground
Book Talk & Signing
July 12th
11:00-1:00pm
Bookworm (outside), West Hartford Center
Book Signing
July 13th
4:00-6:00pm
Mystic Seaport Bookstore
Book Signing
July 15th
6:00-8:00pm
Burlington Public Library
Book Talk & Signing
July 17th
6:00-7:30pm
Mark Twain House, Hartford "Twain & Twilight"
Book Signing
July 24th
7:00pm
Prosser Public Library, Bloomfield
Book Talk & Signing
July 26th
4:00-6:00pm
Barnes & Noble (Yale Bookstore) New Haven
Book Signing
July 29th
7:00pm
Saxton B. Little Library, Columbia
Book Talk & Signing
August 9th
11:00-2:00pm
Whole Foods (Local Vendors' Day) Glastonbury
Book Signing
August 16th
11:00-1:00pm
Farmer's Market, Old Saybrook
Book Signing
Sept. 13th
9:00-12:00am
Farmer's Market, Old Saybrook
Book Signing
Sept. 18th
7:00pm
Bristol Historical Society, Bristol
Book Talk & Signing
Sept. 23rd
6:00 pm
Rotary Club (Rocky Hill/Wethersfield)
Book Talk & Signing
Sept. 25th
10:00-3:30pm
6:00pm-9:00pm
Connecticut Building, Big E
Book Signing
Sept. 27th
1:30-2:30pm
Durham Fair
Book Signing
Oct. 2nd
3:00-6:00pm
Farmer's Market, Deep River
Book Signing
Oct. 4th
11:00-1:00pm
Broad St. Books, Middletown
Book Talk & Signing
Oct. 5th
11:00-4:00pm
New Hartford Fair
Book Signing
Oct. 7th
12:00pm
Guilford Free Library, Guilford
Book Talk & Signing
Oct. 14th
7:30pm
St. Jean Baptiste Women's Aux,, New Britain
Book Talk & Signing
Oct. 15th
6:30 pm
Avon Lions Club
Book Talk & Signing
Oct. 25th
11:00-3:00pm
Candlewood Chap. Quoto Intl Book Author's Luncheon, Bethel
Book Talk & Signing
Dec 5th
4:30-9:30pm
Holiday Shop 'til You Drop, Woodside School PTO, Cromwell
Book Signing
Dec 6th
12:00-3:00pm
Authors Holiday Book Sale, Granby Town Hall
Book Signing
Dec. 12th
11:00-2:00pm
Authors Holiday Book Sale, Employees, Phoenix Ins.Co.
Book Signing
Dec. 13th
9:00-3:00pm
Christmas in New England Fair, St. Mary's Church, Manchester
Book Signing


2007

April 2nd
7:00 pm

Tolland Elementary PTO, Parker Memorial School
"The Best Family Daytrips in Connecticut" 

April 10th
10:30 am

Y's Men Program, Meriden YMCA
"Daytrips for all Seasons"

April 12th
7:00 pm

Granby Newcomers and Neighbors
"Little-Known Facts About Well- Known Attractions"

April 13th
7:00 pm

Asbury United Methodist Church, 90 Church Avenue, Forestville
Connecticut's Treasures

April 16th
6:30 pm

SECAPA, Groton Library
"The Long Journey of Cruising Connecticut and Lessons Learned Along The Way"

April 20th
5:30-8:30pm
WTG Women's Fair, Willimantic
Book Signing

April 24th
9:15 am

Senior Citizens Center, 15 Starkel Rd., West Hartford 
"Little-Known Facts About Well-Known Attractions"

April 24th
8:00 pm

Ladies Guild, St. Bernards Church, Tariffville
"Connecticut's Treasures"

May 2th
7:00 pm
Brainerd Library, Haddam
Book Talk and Signing
May 5th
2-5pm
Borders, Meriden
Book Signing
May 9th
10:00 am 
NBC Universal WVIT (Channel 30 News)
Appearance

May 14th
7:30 pm

Gamma Chapter, ADK, Church of Christ, Manchester
"Little-Known Facts About Well-Known Attractions"

May 19
2-5pm
Borders, Manchester
Book Signing
May 24
1:00 pm
Manross Memorial Library, Forestville
Connecticut's Treasures
June 14
8:00 am 
Southington B'fast Club, Cong. Church, Southington
Connecticut's Treasures
June 16
2-5pm
Borders, Waterford
Book Signing
July 10th
7:00 pm
Wood Memorial Library, South Windsor
"Favorite Daytrips and Picnics"
July 14th
11-1pm
Bookworm, West Hartford Center
Book Signing
July 25th
12:45pm
Southington Rotary Club
"Connecticut's Treasures"
July 28th
10-3:00pm
Village Fair Days, First Cong. Church, New Milford
Book Reading and Signing
August 4th
9am-5pm
Montville Fair (Camp Oakdale) Oakdale
Book Signing
August 5th
11am-4pm
Cruisin Main St. Downtown Manchester
Book Signing
August 11th
10am-4pm
The New London Saturday Market, Waterfront Pk.
Book Signing
Sept 14th
9am-3pm
BIG E - West Springfield, MA
Connecticut Building
Sept 15th
10am-4pm
Friends Helping Friends Kitchen Tour, W.Htfd. (860-232-2872) Book Signing
Sept 18th
2:00 pm
The Regents, Sr. Center, Elmwood
Book Talk and Signing
Sept 19th
3pm-9pm
BIG E - West Springfield, MA
Connecticut Building
Sept 22
10:30 am
Hemlock Hill RV Campout for Make a Wish Foundation
Terryville Fairgrounds - Book Signing
Sept 30th
3pm-9pm
BIG E - West Springfield, MA
Connecticut Building
Oct. 1st
7:00 pm
Friends of Suffield, 205 Bridge Street
Book Talk and Signing
Oct. 2nd
7:00 pm
E Htfd Women's Club, Veteran's Mem. Clubhouse
Book Talk and Signing
Oct. 7th
10am-3pm
Festival of Arts, New Hartford Center (outdoors)
Book Signing
Oct. 18th
7:30 pm
Incarnation Women's Club, Wethersfield
"Discover Little-Known Facts About Well-Known Attractions"
Nov. 10th
10am-3pm
Holiday Fair at The Armory, Torrington
Book Signing
Nov 15th
6:00-8:30pm
Incarnation Church Holiday Fair, Wethersfield
Book Signing
Nov. 16th
6-9 pm
Nov. 17th 
9am-2pm
Yankee Peddler Fair
Asbury United Methodist Church
90 Church Avenue, Forestville, CT
Book Signing
Nov 24th
6:00-8:00pm
Borders Books, Simsbury
Book Signing
Nov 28th
6:30-9:00pm
Emerson-Williams School Holiday Fair, Wethersfield
Book Signing
Dec 7th
7:00-10:00pm
St. Mary's School, Middletown 
(Ladies Night Out Shopping Event)
Book Signing


2006

May 3
9:45 am

Glastonbury Community Center
“Little-known facts about well-known attractions”

May 4
7:00 pm

Simsbury Public Library
Intro to Cruising Connecticut

May 6
1:00 pm

Burgundy Books Author Festival, East Haddam
Book Signing

May 7
12:00

Essex Books, Essex
Book Signing

May 12
7:00 pm

Burgundy Books Author Festival, East Haddam
Book Signing

May 24
7:00 pm

YWCA, 78 No. Main St., Manchester
Intro to Cruising Connecticut

June 3
11:00 am

New Hartford Junction, New Hartford
Book Signing

June 10
12 noon
Bookworm, 968 Farmington Ave., W.Hartford
Book Signing

June 13
7:00 pm

Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury
Cruising Connecticut with Children”

June 24
2:00 pm

Borders, Waterford
Book Signing 

July 11
12:45 pm

Senior Citizens Center Ice Cream Social, Manchester
Intro to Cruising Connecticut

July 21
6:00 pm

Roseland Cottage (Concert)
Book Signing

August 8
7:00 pm

Tolland Library
Book Talk and Signing

August 16
6:30 pm

Broad Street Books, Middletown
Book Signing

Sept. 7
9:45 am

Newcomers Club, East Lyme/Waterford
Introduction to Cruising Connecticut

Sept. 8
5:00 pm
Friends of Hammonasset Picnic
Book Signing
Sept. 9
 1:30-2 pm
Books, Brushes, Jazz & Blues (Reading)
Hygienic Art Gallery, Bank St., New London
Sept. 11
7:00 pm
YIAA Meeting - Wethersfield Community Center
Book Talk and Signing
Sept. 14
7:00 pm
Cromwell Belden Public Library
Introduction to Cruising Connecticut
Sept
15, 16, 17
Terryville Country Fair
HOURS: 
Friday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 19
1:15 pm
Barney Library, Farmington
Introduction to Cruising Connecticut
Sept. 20
12:00 noon
WCR Group Luncheon, Vernon
Book Talk and Signing
Sept. 28
9am-10pm
Big E (CT Building)
Book Signing
Sept.30
10am-1pm
Avon Public Library
Writer's Forum
Oct 1
10am-3pm
New Hartford Festival of Arts
Book Signing
Oct. 5
7:00 pm
Sprague Public Library, Baltic
Book Talk and Signing
Oct. 8
3-4 pm
Millrace Books, Farmington
Book Talk and Signing
Oct. 13
4-8 pm
Borders Book, Waterford
Book Signing
Oct. 14
1-3 pm
Mystic Seaport Bookstore
Book Signing
Oct. 15
10am-4pm
Roseland Cottage Craft Fair, Woodstock
Book Signing
Nov. 3
10am-9pm
25th Noel Boutique
370 Osgood Avenue, New Britain (860-223-2231)
Shops, Cafe Marketplace and Tasters Row
Book Table
Nov. 12
12 noon
Grand Opening Borders Store
Meriden Mall
Dec. 2
10am-2pm
YWCA Craft Fair
78 North Main Street, Manchester
Dec. 6
7-9 pm
Borders Books, Fairfield
Authors Roundtable Discussion