The Main Library will host author Georgiann Fischer for a book talk and signing on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Fischer's debut book, The Legend of Santa Dan and Mark the Elf: Just a Couple of Nincompoops was published in September 2015. The legendary characters of Santa Dan and Mark the Elf, will also be on hand to speak about their adventures together, documented in the book.
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In The Legend of Santa Dan and Mark the Elf: Just a Couple of Nincompoops, you will find a myriad of amusing and heartwarming adventures that these two best friends took part in while playing the widely popular Christmas characters of Santa Claus and his Elf, along with other captivating roles. In the spirit of the legendary Abbott and Costello, Jackie Gleason and Art Carney and other famous comedic duos, reading about Dan and Mark will leave you laughing out loud. You will discover that these two playful men are also compassionate, kindhearted, genuine, and down to earth. Dan and Mark's charming and endearing antics have delighted the hearts of many, from infants to seasoned adults all year long, not just between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Santa Claus and an Elf are not mythical entities. Santa Dan and Mark the Elf are real-life human beings who live in central Iowa, although their lives are eerily parallel to St. Nicholas and to the folklores of an old English Elf. Dan and Mark have played Santa Claus and his faithful Elf for decades.
In this book, Georgiann, Dan's wife of nearly 40 years, highlights and weaves together their exploits, some of which she witnessed as they entertained many unsuspecting people with their good looks and charismatic personalities. However, many more experiences were repeated to her time and time again in the same way that a fisherman's story changes when he describes the size of a fish he caught with no witnesses around. Santa Dan and Mark the Elf have made appearances at craft shows, beauty salons, greenhouses, retiree and women's groups, nonprofit and for-profit company parties, private family gatherings, churches, bars, local Iowa town and community celebrations, and at many restaurants. You will find out how they became two beautiful brides and why they transformed themselves into a Priest and an Altar Boy. Who first called them "nincompoops?" Can they sing? Encounters with a brave Marine, an Olympic Gold Medal…