Anyone who has read “Misty of Chincoteague,” Marguerite Henry’s classic children’s book, has heard of Pony Penning, the annual round-up of the wild ponies that live on neighboring Assateague Island. I can tell you, Pony Penning was one of the highlights of my summer when I was a kid and my grandparents lived on Chincoteague! Every year, I’d buy tickets for the raffle pony and imagine taking it home to Rockville, Maryland in the back seat of my dad’s car. In my mind, if I won the raffle, he’d HAVE to let me take it home, right?
Well, that never happened, but I loved the ponies, nonetheless. This year, we’ll spend a week in Chincoteague for Pony Penning and we’ll be introducing our grandchildren, Noelle and Zeke, to the wonders of that island. I’ll also have four book signings at Sundial Books … but more on that later.