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- June 18, July 16, September 17 – Wine & Art Crawl
Thursday • 4pm to 7pm
Announcing the Wine & Art Crawl in Downtown Alexandria!
The first of three Wine & Art events is coming up already on Thursday June 18th from 4–7 PM. To participate in wine tasting, you must start at the AAAA Theatre and purchase a $5 wrist band. Be sure to pick up a map of participating downtown locations too. An artist will be featured at each participating store — look for a sign on the front door or window; we will be hosting Dave Watkin, stained glass artist here at Cherry Street. This was a very popular event when it was introduced last summer, so we anticipate a good crowd again this year. A second event of the same type will be offered on Thursday July 16th, with the final one for the year on September 17. Find a few friends to come along, and enjoy a nice time downtown!
- June 20th – Booksigning by Author Spike Carlson
Saturday • Noon to 2pm
We will host author Spike Carlsen for a book signing of his latest work, Cabin Lessons. The book is part building guide and part memoir and will be of interest to many! For Spike and thousands of others, a cabin is more than a place to stay; it’s a philosophy and a state of mind. While managing financial hardships and dodging the curve-balls nature threw them along the way, Spike and his family became masters of improvising and staying calm in the face of absurdity. Learning the building skills they needed as they went along, and learning about themselves and each other as well, they found in the end that they’d built not only a sturdy cabin, but a stronger family. Spike will be here from Noon until 2 PM and plans to do a short reading about 12:30. This book would make a fine Father’s Day gift!
- June 25th – Booksigning by Author by Sue Doeden
Thursday • 1 to 3pm
This is the time to get some sweet ideas from Sue Doeden and her beautiful recipe book called Homemade With Honey. It is filled with tasty ideas for everything from appetizers to snacks and main dishes and of course lots of wonderful desserts. It will be a delight to meet her; this book would make a wonderful gift, but you will want one for yourself as well! Sue will be in the store from 1–3pm — don’t miss it!
- July 1–31: Where’s Waldo Event • Downtown Alex
The month of July will be your chance to bring the kids / grandkids downtown to participate in the “Where’s Waldo?” event. Beginning on July 1st and going right through to the 31st, you just need to stop in at Cherry Street Books to pick up your instructions and “passport” and we’ll let you know how to get started. There will be little stand-up cardboard Waldos hiding in 25 downtown stores; the goal is to find them all! Each participant gets a Waldo button and those who turn in completed forms will be entered into a drawing for several nice, kid-friendly prizes. The grand prize is a boxed set of six Where’s Waldo books plus a puzzle (a value of $49.99). We have a large selection of Where’s Waldo books on hand and they will be offered at 10% off during July. Completed forms must be turned in by 5 PM on Friday July 31st when the prize drawings will occur. We’ll have a little celebration at that time with some goodies available; you do not need to be present to win.
- July 2nd – Booksigning by Author Candace Simar
Thursday • 1 to 3pm
Leading up to the big summer holiday weekend, you will want to stop in to greet local favorite, Candace Simar. Well known for her historic fiction 4-book series that begins with Abercrombie Trail, Candace’s new book is called Shelterbelts. She will join us from 1–3 PM on Thursday afternoon, July 2nd. Shelterbelts is the story of a midwestern Scandinavian farming community struggling to find a new normal after the end of World War II. It sounds like it is filled with a cast of great small-town characters…Candace knows how to tell a good story and makes sure it is historically accurate.
- July 11th – Booksigning by Author Julia Lee
Saturday • Noon to 2pm
We welcome a new author, Julia Lee. Her book, Seven Stones, sounds intriguing. The main character, Keilann, moves from Chicago to rural Scotland and begins to experience some unusual events. Anton Treuer, author of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, says, “Julia Lee drives to the heart of what it means to reconnect in Seven Stones. Place, race, ancestors, and identity converge in this compelling tale, daring everyone to explore what it truly means to dream.” Another reviewer commented that, “Seven Stones is steeped with history and fantasy” and is “a book you will want to read in one sitting … a brilliant debut by an author who is worth keeping an eye on.” We’re excited about meeting Julia and hope you will come in to meet her and take a look at Seven Stones. She’ll be with us from Noon until 2 PM.
- July 14th – New book release!
Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee’s new book to be released on July 14th!!!
We have quite a few copies ordered, but if you’d like to be sure you get a first edition, please stop in or call us to get your name on the list. This is a highly anticipated title and we expect there to be many interested readers. You still have time to read or re-read To Kill A Mockingbird before the new book comes…..