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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 have the opportunity to:

  • Attend two 45-minute presentations by informative speakers.
  • Enjoy a buffet 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

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

7:30 Attend first presentation choice

8:15 Enjoy beverages; silent auction bidding continues

8:30 Attend second presentation choice

9:15 Enjoy desserts and beverages; final silent auction bidding

9:30 Silent auction bidding closes

9:45 Silent auction winners announced

10:00 Event concludes

2019 Presentations

Presentation 1: Faygo, Detroit’s Classic Pop

Ever wonder who created Faygo, the Motor City’s quintessential soft drink? Or the ingredients that go into the brand’s rainbow of flavors? Or its innovative TV commercials featuring the likes of Thomas (Hitman) Hearns, Joan Rivers and the Bob-Lo boat? After listening to “The Faygo Book” author Joe Grimm, you’ll wonder no more.

Presentation 2: Motown – Yesterday and Tomorrow

Motown Records – founder Berry Gordy dubbed it “the sound of young America”– got its start in a humble converted residence on Detroit’s West Grand Boulevard. Drew Schultz, program director of what is now the world-renowned Motown Museum, will both wax historic and evaluate Motown’s effect on the music of tomorrow.

Presentation 3: “The Legend Lives on from the Chippewa on Down"

Sound familiar? That’s the opening lyric of Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘70s hit “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Cue presenter Ric Mixter. As one of only a handful of lake divers to visit the freighter resting 550 feet below Lake Superior since being lost in a November 1975 storm, he will share what only a few know about the final voyage of its 29 crewmen.

Presentation 4: Old Photos Tell Rochester’s Story

In his role as manager of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Patrick McKay maintains over 5,000 archival images of our town. But he did all the browsing for you and will focus on 17 spellbinding images that capture the long history of our town.

Presentation 5: Detroit in World War II

When President Roosevelt called for America to become the “arsenal of democracy,” Detroit stepped up in a big way. University of Detroit Mercy History professor Gregory Sumner chronicles the wartime sacrifices and contributions of Detroiters as they forged thunderbolts for the front lines.

Presentation 6: The Scourge of 1918

What killed more than 50 million people worldwide, affected 25 percent of the U.S. populace yet led to great discoveries and changes in the world of medicine? One hundred years later, Dr. Adam Hull, a local internist, will talk about the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 – a most deadly postscript to the end of World War I.

Presentation 7: The Art of the Actor

Ever want to be onstage instead of in the audience? Travis Walter, artistic director of Meadow Brook Theatre, will pull back the curtain on such mysteries as how actors prepare, audition, rehearse, learn scripted lines and other secrets from his side of the footlights.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Participation is limited to guests aged 21 or older because alcohol will be served.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may email the organizer with questions at winewitwisdom@rhpl.org.

What's the refund policy?

Sorry, no refunds.

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