Thursday, November 12, 2009

Two Ways to Get Your Goose (And Help Charities)

International Gallery Event and Formal Charity Ball Offer Two Ways to Help Charities and Get Your Goose

With the holidays approaching, many people are already making their gift purchases. If you have a child on your holiday gift list, or someone who is young-at-heart, why not give them something special: an autographed, personally inscribed copy of Flightless Goose?

Flightless Goose
is a full-color, hardcover story book for children. The book teaches important lessons about dealing with challenges, focusing on positive strengths, and treating others with respect and dignity. It’s fun for children and educates as it entertains.

The book has been compared to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Ugly Duckling in that it is a classic “underdog story” about a goose who is made fun of as a misfit, but who ends up gaining the respect of peers in the end. A portion of the proceeds will help provide warm sleepwear and nurturing books to children in need through a partnership with The Pajama Project, endorsed by Oprah and Parenting Magazine.

It has been featured on the front page of the Baltimore Messenger and Towson Times and also in such periodicals as the Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Abilities Magazine, Acreage Magazine, The Potomac, The Hearing Review, Agri Digest, Automotive Industry Magazine, Pen In Hand, and Diversity Rules. The book was also featured at last year’s Festival of Trees and this year’s BookExpo America.

Flightless Goose is available in book stores, at, and at, where you can see some of the illustrations and read more about the book.

But there are more interesting ways to get your goose. Here are two:

Sunday, November 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Watermark Gallery

Flightless Goose is featured as part of this multi-cultural art event at the Watermark Gallery. The event features original artwork of local, national, and international artists including the Watermark’s resident artist, Manzar, up-and-coming artists from MICA, and a sampling of international art from around the world — including paintings, sketches, jewelry, ceramics , wearable arts, fiber arts and, of course, childrens’ book art. Eric and Nataliya (the author and illustrator) will be signing copies of Flightless Goose at this event. Stop by for a free sampling of international cuisine, wine, art, and a chance to get your goose. The event is free and open to the public.

The Watermark Gallery is located in the Bank of America Center Skywalk Level, right across from the Inner Harbor, at 100 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The phone number is (410) 547-0452.

Thursday, November 19 from 6 to 11 p.m at Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland

The Flightless Goose has been known to play ball, but on Thursday, November 19, he will sport a black tie and attend his first formal ball. That’s because Flightless Goose is one of the features of the Buddy Project’s Charity Ball: Underwater Fantasea.

The black tie event features a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, and live music by 23 Days Rewind — a band that plays a blend of 80’s and 90’s alternative and today’s electronica. The band has opened for Modern English, Violent Femmes, and members of Fuel.

The night’s agenda features an auction of collectables such as autographed jerseys, helmets, posters and footballs that boast the signatures of Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins football players like Chris Cooley, Clinton Portis, Joe Flacco, Santana Moss and others, as well as an autographed copy of Flightless Goose.

In addition to the copy donated for the auction, Eric and Nataliya will be selling and signing copies of Flightless Goose at the ball from 6 to 8 p.m. and proceeds from the sales will benefit the Buddy Project, a charity that provides refurbished computers to help close the digital divide for people with disabilities. Tickets to the formal charity ball can be purchased at:

Visit the Ceresville Mansion online at

In addition to these two affairs, the coming months will see “goose events” at book stores, galleries, and other exciting places.

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