The Band, The City, Ron Darling, and a Heartfelt Thank-You!
Guilderland, NY – Before I get to coming events, I would like to address an event that happened late in September, the Library Foundation’s Gala. I want to thank everyone who attended, as well as all the very generous people and companies who donated gifts to the Silent Auction and Live Auction. You are responsible for helping create yet another successful “Novel Affair” Library Gala. And my heartfelt gratitude goes to all the members of the Foundation who put the gala together. I know how hard you worked, and the effort shows in how well the evening went. Finally, to the Robinson Family: You were honored because you are so deserving of the recognition. You are a cornerstone of the community. Thank you for all you do.
There is so much going on over the next couple of months. Here are some highlights
John Simon: November 5: If you’ve ever listened to The Band’s albums “Music from Big Pink” and “The Band,” then you’re familiar with the work of John Simon, who will speak at GPL on November 5, at 3:30 pm. Mr. Simon was one of the top record producers in the United States during the late 1960s and the ‘70s, responsible for producing dozens of recordings including those iconic albums. He was music director for Martin Scorsese’s film of The Band’s last concert, “The last Waltz.” He also produced classics by Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and many others. This event is free and open to the public.
John Simon, producer for The Band, will speak at GPL on November 5.
Ron Darling, November 18: As of this writing, there are still a few free tickets left for the November 18 Author Talk and Book Signing – sorry, all Reception tickets are gone — by Mets star pitcher, broadcaster, and author Ron Darling. He’ll discuss his most recent book, “Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life,” which was just published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets championship season. Darling’s book breaks down one of baseball’s great games – a game that stands as a thrilling, telling, and tantalizing exclamation point to one of the best-remembered seasons in Major League Baseball history.
Annual Bus Trip to New York City, December 10: The holidays are near upon us, so that means it’s time to make your reservations for the Annual Bus Trip to New York City. Experience the city all dressed up for the holidays, without the hassle of driving down and back. There will be two buses, but seats fill quickly. We will leave the Library parking lot at 7 am, get dropped off near Grand Central Terminal (at Park Avenue and 42nd Street), and you’ll have the whole day to enjoy. Busses will leave NYC at 7 pm.
Making reservations is simple: Go to the Chamber’s website at www.guilderlandchamber.com, and click on the Calendar of Events. Go to December 10 and click on “Holiday Bus Trip!” to reserve your seats for this holiday outing.
Harry Potter fans! We are holding another Harry Potter Trivia Night, for adults, on Monday, November 14, at 7 pm. Last year’s event was so much fun – your costumes were wonderful – that we could not resist another. Consider forming a team and signing up. Maximum five members per team; only one team member need sign up. Go to www.guilpl.org, click on the Events & Registration Calendar, and go to November 14. The sign-up link is there. Good Luck!
All the best,
Tim Wiles, Director