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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Join Me at 'A Sycamore Thanksgiving'

Monday evening I'm participating in 'A Sycamore Thanksgiving,' the launch of an annual event at the Sycamore, Ill., library [facebook event page]. The free evening of entertainment, which organizers hope will be reminiscent of a holiday variety show, brings together 6 authors, 8 musical groups, 2 fashion shows, a photo exhibit and more -- all mixed up to keep it lively.

Please join us for what sounds to be a fun way to kick off Thanksgiving. Details from Dennis Hines, Midweek:

Thanksgiving is coming a few days early in Sycamore. Representatives from the Sycamore Public Library and Borders in DeKalb are set to host “A Sycamore Thanksgiving” Monday, Nov. 23 at the library, 103 E. State St.

Although this festival won’t feature turkey and stuffing, there will be a smorgasbord of entertainment and activities. The event will include performances from local musicians, book signings from local authors and a fashion show with representatives from maurices, Cracker Jax and Unique Concepts Salon.

“It’s a unique event in that we’re pulling together three rather disparate things. There’s a little something for everybody,” said Larry Zevnik, director of adult services for the Sycamore Public Library.

Details (and photos) below the fold.

[UPDATE November 25, 2009]: Event pictures...

The event will feature music from Kishwaukee Flats, Tempted Turtle, Elle Smith, Glory, Zachary Harris, Demetra Dokos, Bill Leighly and The Cerny Brothers.

“I just love bringing music to the library. We don’t do enough of that, and these are all local performers,” Zevnik said. “A couple of these bands are still in high school. People that young are able to get in front of a live audience and perform, so I’m very impressed.”

Some of the authors signing copies of their books include Lorelei Bell, Richard Martelet, Diane Ladley, James Ballowe, Ilona Meagher and Anbritt Stengele. Zevnik said each author has their own writing style.

“It’s a nice mix. There’s some fiction and some non-fiction. Whatever anybody’s taste in books, I think there will be somebody there who they will be interested in talking to,” Zevnik said. “Of course, for anybody who is interested in writing, it’s always a great idea to sit down with somebody who is published and find out what the process is like.”

“A Sycamore Thanksgiving” will be held 5-8:30 p.m. in the Big Meeting Room of the library. Zevnik said residents are welcome anytime during those hours.

“People don’t have to be here for the whole thing,” Zevnik said. “That’s one point that I’m trying to get across. Because people might look at that and go, ‘I can’t spend three and a half hours there.’ There’s going to be entertainment all night. It’s always going to be changing. So if you come in for 10 minutes or three hours, either way, that’s great.”

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