Sicily & Wine throughout the Ages
Thursday, September 14 @ 6:30 pm
Take a trip back in time with Conversational Italian for Travelers author Kathryn Occhipinti and discover the ancient grape varieties in the Sicilian provinces of Agrigento and Messina that are revolutionizing the way Sicilian wine is viewed throughout the world today. Learn about the wine that Julius Caesar made famous — and is now available again today! You’ll also have the chance to taste a few of these wines. Age 21 & up.
Registration requested: call 274-2719.
Library Birthday Bash
Saturday, September 23
Join us for a day of festivities celebrating the library’s 100th birthday! Lunch is on the house (lunch served 11 am – 1 pm).
9 – 10 am Rick Brammer: Balloon art
10 am Rick Brammer: Magic Show
10:30 am Edible Book Contest: viewing & people’s choice voting
11 am Edible Book Contest: Welcome & Judges’ Commentary
11:30 am Edible Book Contest: Eating of books
12 – 3 pm Ian Munk: Card tricks & strolling magic
3 pm Concert: Bret Bunton & the Rhythm Bros. (Concert made possible by a generous memorial donation by the family of Louise Myers.)
Edible Book Contest
Create an “edible book” inspired by a favorite tale, involving a pun on a title, or simply in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc.). All entries will be exhibited at our Birthday Bash, photographed, then eaten! Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. Grand Prize: one free overnight stay at Camp Wokanda! Whether or not you contribute an entry, please join us in admiring and eating the creations!
Who can enter: Anyone! Teams are also welcome to create entries together.
Best Depiction of a Classic
Best Visual Presentation
Best Depiction of a Cookbook
Best Entry Based on Book for Children/Teens
Best Team Creation
Best Entry Featuring Locally Produced Food
(For inspiration: www.library.illinois.edu/ediblebooks)
Schedule for Saturday, September 23
9-10am Participants drop off entries at the library
10-10:30 am Judging and photography
10:30 am Public viewing/people’s choice voting
11 am Welcome and judges’ commentary
11:30 am Eating of books
Ferris & His Gigantic Pleasure Wheel
Thur., September 26 @ 6 pm
Almost 125 years ago, a ride that could hold 2160 people at a time appeared at the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. Archivist and historian Mark W. Sorensen will discuss how the Ferris Wheel came to Chicago, what happened to it afterwards, its unique connections to Illinois, and how it inspired future “technology at the service of joy.”