We are pleased to announce that the community book we’ve all been writing and waiting for – Life in Pacific Grove– is finally completed, published, and available for sale! There were more than 450 stories submitted and all were included, making this truly a community project.
October 7 Events 11:30–4pm
You are all invited to the Official Book Launch events, Saturday, October 7, during the upcoming Butterfly Days celebrations, to celebrate your participation, our community and this book of our stories.
Mayor and Senator at Chautauqua Hall
Meet at Chautauqua Hall at 11:30 am—after the Butterfly Parade. You’ll be welcomed by King Grossman, host of “Artivism.” And you’ll be congratulated by Mayor Bill Kampe and Senator Bill Monning. On the stage: Book Contributors who wish to be recognized (please send your name beforehand: firstname.lastname@example.org), Publisher Patricia Hamilton, and Illustrator Keith Larson.
There are tables for book sales and signings, including those of Central Coast Writers and other local authors: Alana Myles, Betty Sproule, Bill Minor, Brad Herzog, Jack Erickson, Jason Warburg, Jeanne Olin, Jon Shoemaker, Linda Kane, Ned Huston, Pat Flanigan, Pat Hanson, Patrice Vecchione, and Wanda Parrott.
P.G. Potluck Picnic at Jewell Park
Then, walk over to Jewell Park, where you’ll be welcomed by Joyce Meuse, on-air host for KAZU “back in the day,” and enjoy live music by Peter Meuse on the ukelele, a very special treat for children—AND a P.G. Potluck Picnic from 12 to 2pm. Please bring finger foods to share, blanket or chairs. You’ll be met and greeted by International ESL students from the P.G. Adult School, who will take your food to display on the tables, and other book contributors who have volunteered to help. A special “Book Cake,” plates and forks will be provided by “J” from the Butterfly House.
Jazz Duo and Troupers of the Gold Coast at the P.G. Public Library
Immediately following the Potluck Picnic, in the library from 2 to 3 pm, more entertainment awaits you: Bill Minor, on the keyboard, and Richard Rosen, harmonica, will soothe you with some light jazz, culminating with Bill’s original composition of a P.G. song created especially for this event. Visit the Steve and Nancy Hauk Gallery for a special event
And the Grand Finale: Troupers of the Gold Coast! Marabee Boone and her Troupers will reprise one of their popular First Theatre routines, and in period costume will conduct a sing-a-long of 1880s and 1890s tunes, including the most popular tune of 1889, when Pacific Grove was incorporated as a city.
Book Sales and Autographs Saturday and Sunday Schedule 11–5
“Life in Pacific Grove” books will be for sale inside Chautauqua Hall both Saturday and Sunday, and outside the Library at the book sale Saturday only. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library and have been designated for the procurement and preservation of historical documents and other memorabilia.
Books are currently available on Amazon.com. If you like, buy now and bring to the event for the fun of getting your friends’ signatures when you enjoy yourself. 300 books will be for sale at the events, but more than 50 have been reserved. Those who have reserved books may pay and pick them up inside Chautauqua Hall on Saturday. To reserve, go to lifeinpacificgrove.com and fill out the form before October 1.
“Life in Pacific Grove” Table of Contents
Introduction by Mayor of Pacific Grove Bill Kampe
Foreword by California State Senator Bill Monning
Preface by Phyllis Edwards
Section 1– More Than Memories
Section 2 – The Many Charms of Pacific Grove
Section 3 – Coming Home to Pacific Grove
Section 4 – Animals Within and Without
Section 5 – The Good Old Days
Section 6 – The Supernatural
Section 7 – A Creative and Literate community
Section 8 – Downtown and Its Many Pleasures
Section 9 – Building Community Spirit
Section 10 – Natural World Wonders
Section 11 – Walking Tour of Our Little Free Libraries
Section 12 – Acknowledgments, List of Contributors