Galena LitFest: Picnic with Nellie Bly: Around the World in 72 days

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Galena LitFest: Picnic with Nellie Bly: Around the World in 72 days

A picnic brunch featuring a debut performance of Nellie Bly: Around the World in 72 Dyas by Debra Miller!

By Galena Public Library District

When and where

Date and time

Sunday, May 21 · 11am - 1pm CDT


Grant Park 625 Park Avenue Galena, IL 61036

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About this event

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Nellie Bly, the most famous of the "stunt girl" reporters of the late 19th and early 20th century lived a life as varied and perilous as her front page exposés. She spent 10 days in a madhouse, revealed the underground baby market, and reported from the front lines of the eastern battlefields of WWI. She went from prosperity to destitution and back again, and always landed on her feet.

Back by popular demand, Debra Miller will perform as Nellie Bly while attendees enjoy a picnic brunch provided by the Galena Bakehouse in picturesque Grant Park. Choose your main, side, and dessert when purchasing the ticket.

Menu Options:


Heirloom Tomato, Ricotta & Herb Tart (Vegetarian)

Tarragon Chicken Salad served on a Mixed Green Salad with Parmesan Crisps (GF)

Empanadas: 1 Beef Picadillo Empanada & 1 Ham/Caramelized Onion/Mozzarella Empanada with Chipotle Dipping Sauce


Tomato, Corn & Black Bean Salad

Creamy Chive Potato Salad

Sea Salt Kettle Chips


Chocolate Chip Cookie

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie

Seasonal Macarons (GF)

Debra Ann Miller is a professional actress, vocalist and voice-over talent with over 40 years of experience as a performer for live audiences, television, and film. Since 1997, she has traveled the country with Michael Krebs of With Lincoln Production as one of our nation’s more controversial First Ladies, Mary Todd Lincoln in Visiting the Lincolns. In 2010 she began creating her own company focused on writing and producing one-woman plays in which she portrays important historical figures such as authors Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter, Mary Shelley, Louisa May Alcott, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, as well as a one-woman performance as Mary Todd Lincoln entitled Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon.

Galena LitFest is an annual program planned by the Galena Public Library with generous support from the Friends of the Galena Public Library.

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About the organizer

The Galena Public Library strives to inspire lifelong learning, cultivate knowledge, and provide cultural and recreational opportunities in order to strengthen our community.