Oh, Those Holiday Lights – by Fred Baus

oh-holiday-lightsGreenville children’s author Frederick Baus will be on-site at Roper Mountain Holiday Lights to sign his book, Oh, Those Holiday Lights!, an imaginative account of the inspiration for Roper Mountain Holiday Lights. See the events schedule for dates of the book signing.

Roper the Ogre lived on a mountain in Greenville a long time ago. No matter how hard he tries to be friendly, everyone is scared of him. To spite the people of Greenville, Roper decides to steal all the candles that make everyone else so happy during the holidays. The mayor, the city council, and especially all of the children are sad, until one of the children has an idea. Each will choose a gift to give to Roper, and maybe the ogre will give their lights back! This rhyming story gives an imaginative account of the inspiration for Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, a Greenville, South Carolina holiday tradition.

Net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Holiday Lights, Inc. for the benefit of the Roper Mountain Science Center and multiple community service projects of the Rotary Club of Greenville.

Click here for more information and a sample audio reading from the book.

About the author:

Dr. Frederick (Fred) Baus has a 45-year career in the administration of non-profit, higher education associations, including serving as president of the University Center of Greenville. Fred and his wife, Cathy, live in Simpsonville, SC. After his retirement in 2013, Fred began writing poetry for children. In December 2013, while waiting in line on a trip to Roper Mountain Holiday Lights with his wife and grandsons, one of the boys asked, “So where are the lights?” The muses struck, and Oh, Those Holiday Lights! is the result. In talking about the book, Baus notes, “The themes of caring and sharing reflect the spirit of Greenville, the underlying message of the Holiday Lights project, and a lesson we could all do well to remember throughout the year.”