Dear Mad'm Picnic                                                                                                                              - Celebrating the Book and Remembering, Stella Walthall Patterson


The book, Dear Mad'm, by Stella Walthall Patterson, has been loved by readers for more then fifty years.  When it was published in 1956, it became a popular book club selection throughout the USA and internationally!

Years later, people in Happy Camp, California and areas nearby in the Klamath River Valley still love the book, Dear Mad’m! It is one of the most popular books in town! It tells the story of a remarkable woman who decided, on her 80th birthday, to move to a remote mining claim south of Happy Camp on the Klamath River. 

The 5th Annual Dear Mad’m Day celebration in Happy Camp, California takes place October, 17th 2016 Share your appreciation of the way of life tht Stella "Dear Mad'm" and her friends, "DearSir," "Upn'up" and others lived along the Klamath River in the 1940-50s.Readings of writings on the Life Along the Klamath, will highlight the luncheon on Saturday. A Writing Contest for young people was held for the first time last year and more writer's stories will be shared. Judy Hahn has honoredus with the sharing of her epic poem on Dear Ma'dm for the past few years, and we all look forward to the next installment on the Dear Mad'm story!!

Friday evening – Campfire Stories, Happy Camp, CA  7 pm - 9 pm

1:30 to 3 Speakers and Presentations

Saturday 11am – Luncheon symposium & speakers, presentations, book signings with the luncheon at noon. Local authors are welcome to have a table at the luncheon to share their writings, especially about ocal topics and stories.

Saturday 3 pm to 5:30 pm  (optional) field trip---dinner on own,

7 pm to 9 pm  Evening Campfire Program on the banks of the Klamath River

Sunday – Dear Mad'm Pancake breakfast (Sourdough or Buttermilk pancakes and fixins')

Alternate Walking history tour of Happy Camp and graveyard and trip to the Dear Mad'm Cabin site and Mining Claim for those who want to see where "it all happened."

Cost of all to be determined as further events are presented.  RSVP appreciated by email

For more information, or if you have stories, photos or items to share call Judy Bushy at Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce at 530-493-2900, or send us an email at See blog at


Dr. Gloria Duffy's article about the first Dear Mad'm Day picnic in 2011, published in Commonwealth magazine, Oct./Nov. 2011.

To order a copy of  "Dear Mad'm" or  "Dear Mad'm - Who Was She?"   Please send $20 to the Happy Camp Chamber at P.O. Box 1188, Happy Camp, CA 96039-1188.  We will ship you a copy right away.  Yes, this book is available anywhere - but order from the Happy Camp Chamber and we will make a personal inscription following your instructions.  And as a added bonus available no where else,  we will include a map to Stella's grave site in Northern California.  All proceeds from the sale of this book go to support our Chamber -   Thank you for your support!