Happy Saturday! My hubby and I are heading for our cabin this morning which will be the last “hurrah” of Summer for us and then I will officially consider accepting Fall. 🙂 Maybe…
Last Friday was our second annual Wine and Words event hosted by Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library. Earlier this week I posted a few pictures about it but thought for today I would give you more of a feel for this event and connect it to Saturday Snapshot.
Before we get started a little background of the event: I invite normally 4 authors to speak about their latest book, writing and their connections to libraries. This year we had 5 authors plus our emcee, Lorna Landvik. A local liquor store provides free wine tasting during our social hour, which really seems to be a social hour and a half as people start to trickle in around 5:00 and social hour starts at 5:30. We have a silent auction, this year of 114 baskets. AT 6:30 we start dinner and at 7:15 we start our presentation of authors with a goal time of ending by 8:15 – 8:30 pm.
This year we had 210 people in attendance.
This years event should have cleared us a little over $7,000. I still have a little figuring to do with the credit card payout, on-line sales, and we receive a 20% kick back from our local book store for the books we sold.
Stop by Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy and see what people are taking pictures of!
26 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot – Authors and Books and Wine – Oh My!!!!”
Lovely! Now you can start planning for next year! Lol…
Right? That usually starts the end of January. I start exploring authors as the holidays are over and winter is too long and people are ready to make plans. 😀
Looks like a lot of work and love went into this event….what fun! Thanks for sharing…and here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST
Yes to both 😀
This is just fantastic, Sheila! I have a thing for rubber ducks and THESE are INCREDIBLE! I want one—NOT kidding here—I want one 😀
And your logo—whoever designed it did a great job. I have a thing for logos, too, and really appreciate a good one when I see it 🙂
Thanks! A friend of mine came up with the name and the logo. Ducks are available on orientaltrading.com
I’d rather buy one from you and put money in the till 😀
Looks like this was a successful and profitable event. We’ve participated in the Des Moines (Washington) Rotary Club wine tasting every year and had a great time. Looks like this was fun too.
Sandy @ Texas Twang
It is a fun mix 😀
Love all the little ducks. My daughter is looking over my shoulder, and says do you get to keep the duck? Forget about the kindle!
We give them the option of keeping the ducks, some do.. but most give them back to be used the next year 🙂
Wow! What an awesome event Sheila! I know how much hard work that was to pull off. Wish I loved closer so I coud have attended 🙂
I would love to have you all attend! How much fun! 😛
Sounds like an amazing event!! I LOVE those little ducks!!
Thanks – we work hard to keep it fun 🙂
How fantastic to be involved in an evening like that. I’m sure there’s lots of behind the scenes work- but it must be worth it to have such a success.
It is a lot of work but to gather that many book lovers in a room makes me very happy 🙂
I’m sure you’re the driving force behind that event. It looks wonderful!!
There is a great team that makes it happen Kathy, I sure couldn’t pull it off without them 🙂
So great to see that your huge success last year has resulted in an annual event! Hopefully, all of the planning gets easier with each year! Love the photo booth idea!
Right! It is an annual event now and it is a lot of fun and yeah… a lot of work 😀 The photos were fun!
What an awesome event! Too bad I live so far away. I would not have missed this. Glad to see you had Montreal author Catherine MacKenzie there. You rock, girl!
I would have loved to have had you there Laura!
I think I’ve commented this exact phrase before: man, am I jealous of the great things your library sets up! This looks like so much fun!
Its a full time job just keeping up with Library stuff 😀
Looks like quite the shindig! I love the little ducky idea.