On a cold, wet day, a tall cat in a tall hat popped up on two bored children’s doormat.
The day whirled away. The house was left in a disarray.
But the cat in the hat swept the mess all up and then went on his way.
This title character from Dr. Seuss’ children’s book “The Cat in the Hat” will be one character at the upcoming Wesley United Methodist Church’s Let’s Sail into Reading literacy festival.
The festival is presented by the church’s United Methodist Women.
It will be on May 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free, though registration is encouraged by April 30.
“We want to help children become confident readers and writers,” Toni Strawther, event chairperson, said.
Tied in with the festival’s sailing theme will be a puppet show, story time and arts and crafts.
Over the puppet show will be Morgan Strawther and the church’s Rev. Walter Strawther.
For story time, children will be divided into two groups – Sailboat 1 and Sailboat 2. Sailboat 1 is for children ages 3 to 5. Sailboat 2 is for children ages 6 to 8.
The storytellers will be Felicia Finney and Margaret Walters Bridges.
Angie White and Veda Washington will be in charge of arts and crafts.
To help children from ages 9 to 11 learn the other side of reading, the festival will host an author’s island.
The author’s island, led by Bernice Sanders and Linda Endler, will let the children be able “explore different styles of writing,” Toni Strawther said.
Sanders and Endler will take their students through all the key writing stages; from brainstorming to the final draft.
The students can also choose to illustrate their stories.
To give out some further literary advice and resources will be Kimberly McSpadden, the Aiken County Public Library children’s librarian, and an representative from the broadcast show “Education Matters.”
Sauntering around the show will be the Cat in the Hat.
And he will not be the only one of Seuss’ characters scattering about.
“We are definitely having ... Thing 1 and Thing 2 and some other surprises,” Strawther said.
Strawther would like to thank Donna Moore Wesby from “Education Matters” for her support; St. John’s United Methodist Church for donating books; and the Wesley United Methodist Men and Women groups for donating refreshments and other supplies.
The event will be at Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, 3510 Trolley Line Road.
For more information, call 803-439-1869.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.