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Meet the authors at LeDuc Historic Estate

Two award-winning authors of books for all age groups, Charlie Johnson and Patrick Mader, will be discussing their books from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St

Johnson is a retired media specialist from Park Senior High School, and now enjoys his days at his beloved Whistling Well Farm along with his trusty Springer Spaniel, Emmy. It is on the life of Emmy that Johnson bases his book, "Emmy of Whistling Well Farm."

Together they care for several thousand trees, a pumpkin patch, some beehives, and a collection of friendly farm animals. Each fall they welcome visitors to share the bountiful harvest. In addition, their produce may be found at the St. Paul Farmers' Market and other local markets. Hear how Emmy guides everyone through an idyllic autumn day at the orchard. A special bonus of the day is that Emmy will be present at the LeDuc house. Johnson was one of the featured authors for the recently held 2013 Hastings Reads. For more information see www. charlie@whistlingwellfarm. com.

Patrick "Packy" Mader grew up with six brothers and sisters on a dairy farm near St. Bonifacius, and today resides in Northfield with his wife and two children. He is an elementary teacher at Morristown Elementary School.

Mader's primary aim in his multigenerational books is to relate positive messages with a rural setting. "Opa and Oma Together" has been published three times and it received one of only seven Honorable Mention Awards in the Children's Picture Books category of the Writer's Digest's Self-Published Book Awards.

More information on Mader is available at

Two other Authors' Sunday are scheduled at the mansion this spring - April 14 and May 5. The afternoons are free and open to the community. Refreshments are served.