Wine, Wit, and Wisdom 2017

Tickets are on sale for one of the Rochester’s must-attend events, the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s fourth annual “Wine, Wit & Wisdom” fundraiser. This year’s soiree is set for Saturday, March 25.

Taking place from 6:45-10:00 p.m. at the Main Library at 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester, the evening provides a lively mix of sustenance and knowledge for $55 per person (until March 10 when the price rises to $65 per person). The Friends group — the library’s primary volunteer non-profit support group — inaugurated the series in 2014 and it has grown in popularity each year.

Library Board member Ann Kucher, Melinda Deel and husband Ryan Deel, Kim Matis and her husband, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Matis enjoy Wine, Wit & Wisdom 2016

Library Board member Ann Kucher, Melinda Deel and husband Ryan Deel, Kim Matis and her husband, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Matis enjoy Wine, Wit & Wisdom 2016

The evening’s agenda?

Attendees get to partake of a strolling dinner, beverages (beer, wine and soft drinks) and a choice of two presentations by seven interesting and intriguing individuals from the world of the arts, dining and business. “Attendees also have the opportunity to bid on wonderful items,” according to Wine Wit & Wisdom Chairperson Theresa Meegan, “including a gourmet dinner for eight prepared by Library Director Christine Hage, as well as other services and entertainment opportunities in a silent auction.” Also, up for bid is a deluxe golf package at one of the area’s best private country clubs.

How do you get tickets?

Registration can be done online via credit card by going to www.winewitwisdom2017.eventbrite.com or by going to the library website www.rhpl.org and clicking on the Friends of the Library link at the bottom of the home page. Ticket order forms will also be available at the rack near the library’s information counter and can be printed from the library’s website. Drop off completed forms and checks at the information counter or mailed to the library (Rochester Hills Public Library, Attention Wine Wit & Wisdom, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, MI 48307.)

The speakers and their topics appeal to a wide audience:

Alan Tenniswood of Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky provides insight into what Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is and what makes it different from Canadian, Scotch and Tennessee whiskey.

Alan Tenniswood

Alan Tenniswood

David Galli, a 16-year veteran docent at the Detroit Institute of Art, provides an up-close look at the Detroit Industry murals. Diego Rivera considered the murals the most successful work of his career. Learn the complex and intriguing story behind the man and this National Historic Landmark.

David Galli,

David Galli,

George L. Davis discusses the historic geologic and industrial wonder that is the Detroit Salt Mine, operating for miles under Detroit. Davis will present the mine’s history, its basic operations and its role as an economic hub.

George L. Davis

George L. Davis

Michelle Lynch is president of the Detroit Medical Orchestra, dedicated to bringing the healing power of music to the greater Detroit community. A flute player in the orchestra, she reveals how medical and healthcare professionals use their musical talents to promote health and healing.

Michelle Lynch

Michelle Lynch

Mary (Sis) Moore dominated the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1950, leading the fast-pitch softball league in everything from hits and RBIs to total bases earned and runs scored. This Hall of Famer shares insights and stories that were immortalized in the 1992 film starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis.

Mary (Sis) Moore

Mary (Sis) Moore

Lynn Kaiser and Kimberly Judd are experts on all things cheese. From Bries to Blues, Parmigiano Reggiano to Goudas, the owners of Rochester’s The Cheese Lady take you on a journey through a vast array of textures, milks and regions of Europe as well as domestic creameries.

Lynn Kaiser and Kimberly Judd

Lynn Kaiser and Kimberly Judd

Lee Meadows, specialist in management consulting and development and performance management, examines a downward trend in civility and common decency in our society today, ranging from politics to random social media comments and suggests how that can be reversed.

Lee Meadows

Lee Meadows

Friends President Ron Meegan said: “This event has turned into a unique opportunity to make over the library into a convivial gathering spot for great food and interesting informational exchanges. We’re hoping to continue to grow the attendance level, based on the great word-of-mouth reviews of the previous three annual events. We urge that everyone with an interest in hearing some unique and inspiring talks make this a can’t-miss event.”

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