Wine, Wit & Wisdom 2019

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s sixth annual “Wine, Wit & Wisdom” fundraiser is set for Saturday April 13

Taking place at the Main Library at 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester, the evening provides a lively mix of sustenance and knowledge. The Friends group — the library’s primary volunteer non-profit support group — inaugurated the series in 2014 and it has grown in popularity each year.

The evening’s agenda? Attendees get to partake of a buffet dinner, beverages (beer, wine and soft drinks) and a choice of two presentations from the speaker roster. In addition, there is a silent auction featuring unique items.

Registration is now open and can be completed via a registration form available at the library info desk or by using a credit card online. Tickets are $60 per person; $70 per person after April 1, 2019. A fee of about $5.50 per ticket will be added to online purchases. Because alcohol will be served, participation is limited to guests aged 21 or older. This year, in order to streamline registration at the event, tickets will be emailed.

List of Speakers

Joe Grimm

Joe Grimm


Faygo, Detroit’s Classic Pop

Ever wonder who created Faygo, the Motor City’s quintessential soft drink? Or the ingredients that go into the brand’s rainbow of flavors? Or its innovative TV commercials featuring the likes of boxer Thomas (Hitman) Hearns, comic Joan Rivers and the Bob-Lo boat? After listening to “The Faygo Book” author Joe Grimm, you’ll wonder no more.

Motown – Yesterday and Tomorrow

Motown Records – founder Berry Gordy dubbed it “the sound of young America”– got its start in a humble converted residence on Detroit’s West Grand Boulevard. Drew Schultz, program director of what is now the world-renowned Motown Museum will both wax historic and evaluate Motown’s effect on the music of tomorrow.

Ric Mixter

Ric Mixter

The Edmund Fitzgerald Revisited

“The Legend Lives on from the Chippewa on Down…” Sound familiar? That’s the opening lyric of Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘70s hit “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Cue presenter Ric Mixter. As one of only a handful of lake divers to visit the freighter resting 550 feet below Lake Superior since being lost in a November 1975 storm, he’ll share what only a few know about the final voyage of its 29 crewmen.

The Flu Scourge of 1918

What killed more than 50 million people worldwide, affected 25 percent of the U.S. populace yet led to great discoveries and changes in the world of medicine? One hundred years later, Dr. Adam Hull, a local internist, will talk about the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 – a most deadly postscript to the end of World War I.

Patrick McKay

Patrick McKay

Vintage Photos Tell Rochester’s Story

In his role as manager of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Patrick McKay maintains over 5,000 archival images of our town. But he did all the browsing for you and will focus on 17 spellbinding images that capture the long history of our town.

The Art of the Actor

Ever want to be onstage instead of in the audience? Travis Walter, artistic director of Meadow Brook Theatre, will pull back the curtain on such mysteries of how actors prepare, audition, rehearse, learn scripted lines and other secrets from his side of the footlights.

Gregory Sumner

Gregory Sumner

Detroit in World War II

When President Roosevelt called for America to become the “arsenal of democracy,” Detroit stepped up in a big way. University of Detroit Mercy History professor Gregory Sumner chronicles the wartime sacrifices and contributions of Detroiters as they forged thunderbolts for the front lines.



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