Star of David Song - A Crystal Beads Tribute

Jun 20, 2023 by Pat Black-Gould, in News & updates
It all began with a collaboration among Pen Women from the Pensacola branch.


Barbara Durham took the initiative and created a captivating collage that visually represented Pat Black Gold's poignant short story, "The Crystal Beads," which centered around the remarkable courage displayed by a young girl and her mother during the Holocaust. The two talented individuals, Pat and Barbara, showcased their collaboration at the 2019 Florida Pen Women Conference, where they caught the attention of Sheila Firestone, an accomplished musician, and composer from Boca Raton. Fascinated by their presentation, Sheila eagerly joined forces with Pat and Barbara to infuse music into the narrative.

As their collaboration blossomed, they realized that the story had the potential to be brought to life on stage. To elevate their performance, Genevieve Fortner, an esteemed dancer, and Pensacola branch member, contributed her artistry by creating choreography that would harmonize with the narrative and music. Together, the four Pen Women combined their unique talents to craft a truly captivating and immersive stage presentation.

Building upon the success of their collaborative performance, Pat expanded her story into an award-winning children's book titled "The Crystal Beads, Lalka's Journey." This remarkable achievement allowed her to further share the messages of empathy, compassion, and the importance of caring for one another despite our differences. The team, now joined by Pat, continues to promote the book and its powerful themes through speaking engagements, inspiring audiences with their collective dedication to spreading understanding and kindness.

This presentation stands as a testament to the transformative power of collaboration and the remarkable synergy that arises when artists of different disciplines come together to bring a story to life. The combined efforts of these four talented Pen Women have created a truly memorable and impactful experience, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences through their collective vision and artistic expression.