Deb has set the bar pretty high and will most certainly inspire all of us with this event. And you don't have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy a winery tour. It's always a pleasant learning experience.
Two things!! Please RSVP promptly so Deb will have an idea about the food. And also please let's carpool with a designated driver.
If you've gotten far enough in the book to find a recipe you must try, feel free to share.
For anyone looking for a book club, keep scrolling to learn about our new format and some of the ideas we have planned for this year. If you are interested in joining us for October's event, please fill out the membership forms and we'll take it from there. http://silverforkwinery.com/
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SUCCESS!!! That's the best word I can think of to describe our Kick-Off Bar-b-cue last Saturday. The turnout was incredible. The food was delicious. Everyone really stepped up to bring wonderful dishes, wines, and desserts to die for. Kathy was the hostess-with-the-mostest, and the weather was perfect. More importantly, the day portends to be an omen of good fortune for our upcoming reading season.
The changes, though few, are profound. Each member will choose a month to be responsible for both the book selection and an activity that coincides with the book. There are no rules other than the event must be reasonable in its actual cost of time and money to the members. Lectures, dinners, excursions, house parties, museums; anything goes.
Debra, who is to be congratulated for having the courage (and smarts) to grab our first month, chose A Thousand Days in Tuscany. This read garnered 4.5 stars on Amazon, where you can also buy the book (hardback OR paperback) for a penny with a $4 shipping charge. Alas there is no Audible for this, and there are warnings about errors on the Kindle version. But I also read the book is filled with recipes, so a hardback might be in order for the Italian cook in many of us.
As for the event, Deb is looking for a winery tour or a wine tasting. Her choice is the best example I can think of for implementing this new format. We get a good book and a memory, each enhancing the other while we strengthen our friendships both new and old. Thank you Deb, and we look forward to getting the details for this outing. I will keep everyone posted, but please mark the date on your calendar now.
Each member should be thinking about choosing a month. Everyone must decide on the month and a book selection by December 1st, a Sunday. This is also the date of our Christmas luncheon and will be in lieu of a book/event for the month. That is unless you all agree that "The Night Before Christmas" can be our book selection. I will be bringing a surprise for everyone in attendance at this luncheon. Details and costs for this activity will be posted before November 1st. Members only for this one, and no children please.
Another change is that we have a membership fee of $10 a year, payable at the next meeting (if you have not done so already). This money will be used for pay next year's fee for the Meetup website. Last year's cost has been covered by me, and is my gift to the group - and worth every penny considering all the wonderful people who have come into my life because of it.
Membership in Hickory Readers is now also by application. It is not open to all for the simple reason of decreasing intrusive marketing, keeping the group local, and maintaining a modicum of privacy for our email traffic. However, we are not exclusive, and if you have friends who want to join, if they live in the area and there is no alternative agenda to their interest, they're welcome, in fact encouraged, to join. This policy has been in effect since July.
This might be a good time to reiterate our "no guilt" policy. It still rules when it comes to reading the book and attending the meetings. However, everyone is required to participate in hosting a book/activity. Everyone is also required to be a member and pay membership dues. And everyone is encouraged to place Hickory Readers activities in a prominent position on their social calendars. Those who do will get the greatest benefit from the collective efforts of our members. And we'll all just have more FUN!
While you're thinking of your month, book, and activity, I want to share what Rose Mary suggested for her selection. Though she has not chosen the title, she's mulling over books about jewelry heists (though she also has many books about geology, the changing earth, and books about treasures found which would work well with this activity) and having us all meet at a local emerald dig. Here we will each get a pan and a station where we sift through dirt and stones purported to be from an emerald mine. I can not wait for this. We can bring a picnic for our book discussion on site. Her chosen month is May 2014.
If that sounds far off, it's not. Last year's reading season went by like wildfire. Because of the changes in our format, I imagine some of us will be counting the days until the next one. My thanks to everyone in attendance for their support for these ideas, and hopefully those who did not attend the kick-off will be just as enthusiastic about the new policies. If any of those people have questions, please feel free to contact me.
A hearty welcome to all our new members: Sandy, Donna, and Tessa. A MASSIVE thank you to Donna for taking on the task of Assistant Administrator. Hopefully in the next year someone will step forward to be the new Administrator, as I will be stepping down to allow another to bring their ideas and enthusiasm to the group.
For those who already know, I will be starting my rug hooking, painting, and crafting classes this spring. But you can expect full participation from me FOREVER. I love Hickory Readers and can't wait for the new reading season to start!
We need a book selection and activity sponsor for November! Who's it going to be?????