- Aug 17–26: Festival of the Lakes! – Concerts
Concert dates are:
Thursday, August 17 • 7pm
Sunday, August 20 • 7pm
Saturday, August 26 • 6pm
All concerts are at the Alexandria United Methodist Church, 2210 6th Avenue East.
We have enjoyed four terrific concerts already, but three remain and we hope you’ll be there to enjoy it with us! The Thursday concert will feature Flute, Oboe, and Harpsichord along with the wonderful string players and soprano, Maria Jette! The Sunday concert is a unique opportunity to hear Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” This was written and performed for the first time in a concentration camp during WW II and is a very beautiful and profoundly moving piece. It will be performed without intermission and will be preceded by a brief explanation about the music given by the four musicians performing it. Tickets are available in advance at Cherry Street Books or can be purchased at the door. ($15 each for adults and free for students)
The Grand Finale of this 25th Anniversary Season will begin at 6:00pm on Sunday August 26th. Freshly baked brick oven pizza will be offered during the first intermission and at the second intermission you will be able to sample gourmet chocolates from Mr. B chocolates of Willmar. With refreshments like that and over three hours of fabulous music, who would want to miss this? Please stop at Cherry Street Books in advance to pick up your tickets for just $20 each. Tickets will also be sold at the door prior to the concert. Students are free, as always. Please look up more details about the concerts and performers at www.alexfest.org.
The Festival is grateful to be the recipient of several grants this year from the Lake Region Arts Council. Generous donations from local businesses and individuals also help to support this great event.
In order to provide extra funds needed this year, the Society is sponsoring a quilt raffle.The quilt pictured here (on display now at the bookstore) will be given away at the final concert on August 26th. Raffle tickets are on sale now at Cherry Street Books for $5 each and will also be sold at each concert event in August. The quilt is approximately 4’ x 6’ in size; it was created by Kathleen Pohlig and machine quilted in a music theme by Dawn Gieseke. (Click on the image for a larger view.)
Music is the language of the soul. Let the music refresh you; you’ll be blown away!
- Aug 29: One Book/One Community
Tuesday • 7:00pm
The annual Community Read events are taking place this year in the summer. Due to the nature of the book selected this year, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown, it seemed more fitting to tie in with summer events. Please join in whenever you can, even if you haven’t read the book yet. There’s something for everyone and all events are free.
With the performance at the AAAA Andria Theater on Broadway, Paulette Friday and crew will entertain with an evening of music and storytelling that will take you back to another time and place. The show is called “Stormy Weather – Stories and Songs of the 1930’s” and is sure to be a hit!
We hope you will read The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and will enjoy participating in some of the events! We have plenty of copies available now in the store.
- Aug 31 – One-Man-Show by Patrick Scully
Thursday • 7pm
Thursday August 31st will be something extra special here at the store! Twin Cities actor, Patrick Scully, who re-enacts beloved American poet, Walt Whitman, will present a program at 7 PM. I have heard from people who attended his performance at the Park Rapids Public Library with support from Beagle & Wolf Books & Bindery that it was wonderful! We have some copies on hand of Whitman’s famous book, Leaves of Grass, if you’d like to brush on your Whitman in advance. This event has been in the works for over a year; Scully applied for and received grant money to take his show around the state of Minnesota, and we are one of the lucky sites to host him. I hope to see a packed house that night! No charge to attend.
- Sept 2 – Booksigning by author Tim Jollymore
Saturday • 12–2pm
Tim has been here previously with his earlier books: Listener in the Snow, The Advent of Elizabeth, and Observation Hill: A Novel of Class and Murder. All the mysteries are set in or have roots in Minnesota; the new book is Lake Stories & Other Tales. This will be enjoyed by those who like their reading in shorter chunks. Tim is a captivating personality and loves to talk to readers, so we hope you’ll stop in to meet him.
- Sept 2 – Booksigning by author William Kent Krueger
Saturday • 4–5:30pm
William Kent Krueger will also be here on Sept. 2nd — 4 PM until closing. The latest in the Cork O’Connor series is Sulfur Springs; it will be available in late August. Krueger has many fans here and we don’t want to run out, so let us know if you’d like us to reserve a copy of the book for you. We really appreciate you purchasing your book from us if you will be coming in for the signing.
- Sept 21 – Booksigning by author Wendy Webb
Thursday • 4–7pm
On “Girls’ Night Out” (9/21 from 4 – 7 PM) during the Fall in Love with Downtown Alexandria celebration, we welcome back author Wendy Webb. She writes deliciously spooky tales you’re sure to enjoy. Her earlier books are The Tale of Halcyon Crane, The Vanishing, and The Fate of Mercy Alban. Her newest book is available in the store now and we look forward to reading The End of Temperance Dare.
We had such a delightful time with Faith Sullivan on July 22nd! What an honor to host such a well known author. She’s working on another book and would like to come back when that one is ready, so eventually, you will have another opportunity to meet her. Our Wednesday morning book group has chosen to read Faith’s latest book (Goodnight, Mr.Wodehouse) for their September meeting.
We hosted Author Elisa Korenne during the Downtown Wine, Ale & Art event on August 10th. She met lots of people, sold lots of books, and was really fun to work with! Her book, A Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story, is wonderful and continues to show very strong sales here. If your book group is interested in her book, please let us put you in touch with Elisa; she’s willing to get involved either in person or by phone or Skype.
- Story Time – Saturday mornings at 10am
Saturday mornings are exciting times at Cherry Street! Kids are invited for story time with Lee every Saturday at 10AM; it’s free and open to all. Geared for kids ages 2–5, there are always fun stories, activities and surprises.
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