Saturday Snapshot – Authors and Books and Wine – Oh My!!!!

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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.

 

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Just a portion of what our silent auction looked like as we sat up the 114 baskets.

 

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These cute little ducks are available during the social hour. They are $5 each and as you can see they each are reading a book. We call out numbers for these ducks (they have #’s on the bottom) and give away a Kindle Fire and a few fun gift certificates.

 

We had an amazing group of women greet our guests at the front lobby with name tags and a wine glass to use and to keep.

We had an amazing group of women greet our guests at the front lobby with name tags and a wine glass to use and to keep.

 

Our Wine Glasses with our logo on them.

Our Wine Glasses with our logo on them.

 

A few of our authors having fun in our photo area - L:  Catherine McKenzie, Barbara Claypole White, Lorna Landvik, and Randy Susan Meyers

A few of our authors having fun in our photo area – L: Catherine McKenzie, Barbara Claypole White, Lorna Landvik, and Randy Susan Meyers

 

More people getting into the act with the photo props

More people getting into the act with the photo props

 

My son and I

My son and I

 

A shot of the guests

A shot of the guests

 

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A shot of our book sales table after the event.

A shot of our book sales table after the event.

 

After the event - a few of us met in the bar to relax and the authors joined us.  Mixed in this group are Catherine McKenzie, Benjamin Percy, Barbara Claypole White, and Lorna Landvik.

After the event – a few of us met in the bar to relax and the authors joined us. Mixed in this group are Catherine McKenzie, Benjamin Percy, Barbara Claypole White, and Lorna Landvik.

 

Sitting to the right are authors Nicole Lea Helget and Lorna Landvik.

Sitting to the right are authors Nicole Lea Helget and Lorna Landvik.

 

Authors after the event!

Authors after the event!

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!

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on August 30, 2014, in Meanderings, Saturday Snapshots and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Lovely! Now you can start planning for next year! Lol…

  2. Looks like a lot of work and love went into this event….what fun! Thanks for sharing…and here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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 🙂

  7. Sounds like an amazing event!! I LOVE those little ducks!!

  8. 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.

  9. I’m sure you’re the driving force behind that event. It looks wonderful!!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. Looks like quite the shindig! I love the little ducky idea.

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