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Wine and Words to benefit library

Published 10:27am Friday, July 5, 2013

“It’s a night filled with a lot of cultural opportunity.”

Such was the description Jane Garrett Harris gave of Wine and Words – an upcoming event at Chuck’s Marina that will benefit the Dadeville Public Library.

“I think it’s an interesting concept,” said Dadeville Public Library Director Abbi Mangarelli. “They do yoga with wine. Why not books sales with wine?”

Wine and Words, set this year for July 12 starting about 7 p.m., has been held for several years. Harris said while the library initially benefited from Lil Calypso, Wine and Words became a better option.

“I’m a former librarian,” Harris said. “When I moved here, I wanted to establish a good relationship with the library.”

Elaine Toney, president for Friends of the Library, said the sale will feature a wide variety of genres of gently used books.

“It is just so much fun,” Toney said. “One year we went and it had been pouring down rain … and we got there and we had the best time.”

Entry is $5, which covers the cost of the wine tasting. Books are $1 apiece for hardbacks or 50 cents apiece for paperbacks.

“It’s just a good opportunity to promote the library,” Mangarelli said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to purchase a book and come out and enjoy themselves.”

And they do enjoy themselves, Harris said.

“Some people just want to look at the books. Some people do the wine tasting,” Harris said. “It’s a very social event. It’s just a good way to bring … different groups together.”

Wine and Words will be accompanied by the live music of Bryan Jackson and Jake Cory. Harris said they try to offer three red wines and three white wines and feature standard varieties – like chardonnay – as well as more unique flavors. She recommended people use the evening as opportunity to expand their knowledge of wine and of library services.

“We have a good library here, so we need to support them,” Harris said.