Huntsville Literary Association’s Annual Membership Party at Les Forgerons held on October 6
The entry for Les Forgerons, home of Mrs. Mark Smith of Huntsville
Huntsville Literary Association’s Annual Membership Party at Les Forgerons held on October 6, 2013.
Huntsville Literary Association held their annual membership party on October 6, 2013 at Les Forgerons, the home of Mrs. Mark Smith of Huntsville. This magnificent structure reminds one of the Biltmore House in Ashville, North Carolina. Though smaller, it has that air of elegance and luxury with its splendid and beautiful gardens and well-appointed rooms.
The party was well-attended and members mingled and exchanged conversation about the many opportunities and events scheduled by HLA for the next 12 months, including the Young Writers’ Contest.
Ardent Writer Press Publisher Steve Gierhart attended the social event along with his daughter, Stephanie Gierhart.
Evie Spearman greets members at sign-in table at the HLA Wine and Cheese Party held at Les Forgerons, the home of Mrs. Mark Smith of Huntsville.
Stephanie Gierhart, daughter of Ardent Writer Press publisher Steve Gierhart, stands by the pool at Les Forgerons during HLA’s annual Wine and Cheese Party on October 6th.
Publisher Steve Gierhart and his daughter Stephanie talk to Gayle Milberger, chair of HLA’s Young Writers Contest in an anteroom of Les Forgerons.
HLA member Larry West greets members at the bar at Les Forgerons.
HLA members mingle at the balcony over the graceful gardens of Les Forgerons.
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight. The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful. It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them. While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted. They persevered.
Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses.
Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way.
Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination.
He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.