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Rochester Hills Public Library

500 Olde Towne Road

Rochester, MI 48307

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The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public LIbrary (RHPL) invite you to an evening of entertaining and informative speakers, beverages and food, and a silent auction. Because alcohol will be served, participation is limited to guests aged 21 or older. Suggested attire: Smart Casual.

Each guest will be entitled to:

  • Attend two, 30-minute presentations by informative speakers.
  • Enjoy a strolling dinner and beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks), and desserts.
  • Bid on an array of silent auction items.

The Evening's Program

6:30 Doors open; check in; receive schedule

6:45 Enjoy a strolling dinner; beverages; silent auction bidding begins

8:00 Attend first presentation choice

8:30 Enjoy snacks and beverages; silent auction bidding continues

9:00 Attend second presentation choice

9:30 Enjoy desserts and beverages; final silent auction bidding

9:45 Silent auction bidding closes; winners announced

10:00 Event concludes

2017 Presentations

Presentation 1. Bourbon and the Angel's Share

Like jazz and hot dogs, bourbon is All-American. In fact, in 1964 Congress declared bourbon "America's Native Spirit." Demand for American-made bourbon is surging worldwide. What's all the fuss about? 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.

Presentation 2. Rivera's Detroit: The Detroit Industry Murals

Now a National Landmark, learn the complex and intriguing story behind the man and the murals. Diego Rivera considered the Detroit industry murals the most successful work of his career. The work is one of only two Rivera frescoes still in existence in the world. Sixteen-year veteran docent, David Galli, provides an up-close look at this world-famous arrtwork and the story behind it.

Presentation 3. The Underground City Beneath Detroit

Many are unaware of the giant "salt city" that exists 1200 feet below the streets of Detroit. George L. Davis II discusses the historic geologic and industrial wonder that is the Detroit Salt Mine. This underground marvel spans over a century of effort to provide salt, a necessary mineral for our world. He overviews its history, its basic operations and its role as an economic hub, operating for miles uder Detroit.

Presentation 4. Healing Through Music

Music can inspire and energize us. It can sooth and comfort us and help us heal. The Detroit Medical Orchestra is dedicated to bringing the healing power of music to the greater Detroit community. Michelle Lynch is president of this nationally recognized non-profit organization and plays flute in the orchestra. She reveals how medical and healthcare professionals use their musical talents to promotoe health and healing.

Presentation 5. A League of Their Own

Sports stars have always captivated Americans. In 1950, Mary "Sis" Moore dominated the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, leading the fast-pitch softball league in everything from hits and RBI's to total bases earned and runs scored. Her photo graced trading cards and Wheaties boxes of the era. This Hall of Famer shares insights and stories that were immortalized in the 1992 film starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis.

Presentation 6. Cheese 101: Where Basics are Never Boring

Whether you are a novice to the world of cheese or an expert on all things cheese, Lynn Kaiser and Kimberly Judd provide you with the fundamentals of a wonderful array of cheese varieties and tastes. 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.

Presentation 7: "Why Can't We Just Be Nice!?"

Many feel that there is a downward trend in civility and common decency in our society today, ranging from politics to random social media comments. Yet, as our world is increasingly connected, it seems more important than ever before. Lee Meadows, specialist in management consulting and development and performance management, explores how the Golden Rule is being challenged endlessly and what on earth can be done about it.

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