Photo of Pat Gorthy, courtesy of the author

Historic Pittsford Hosts Children’s Author Pat Gorthy on April 27th

Historic Pittsford welcomes Pat Gorthy, author of the children’s book Peppermint Summer, who will discuss and sign copies of her book on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the United Church of Pittsford.

Gorthy Pat book cover Peppermint SummerPeppermint Summer tells the story of ten-year-old Emily Taylor who travels on the Erie Canal from Rochester to Lyons in 1860 to help her grandparents on their peppermint farm.  On her journey Emily meets some friends, learns about life on the canal and discovers how peppermint became an important industry in the small community of Lyons.

Pat Gorthy is a retired school teacher living in Lyons, New York, where she is an active member of the Lyons Heritage Society.  This society operates a museum within the H. G. Hotchkiss Essential Oil Building dedicated to the history of the once world-famous peppermint industry in Lyons, New York.  Pat lives with her husband, Bob, in a farmhouse once owned by the Taylor family, whose name she passed on to Emily Taylor in this book.  Peppermint Summer features illustrations by local artists Sue Boeheim, Dawn Boeheim and Emily Sawtelle.

Peppermint Summer will be available for $10.80, cash or checks accepted.

The United Church of Pittsford is located at 123 South Main Street, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard, in Pittsford. The program is free and is open to the public. For more information, visit

Photo of Pat Gorthy, courtesy of the author

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