Palms Dinner Program schedule announced for 2016-17 season

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[March 02, 2017]   ATLANTA - The Atlanta Public Library and Museum will host a series of Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Café through April 2017.

The events will feature local speakers who will present after-dinner programs at the Palms Grill Café, located at 110 SW Arch Street in downtown Atlanta. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with the evening’s program starting at 7pm. Reservations are required and limited to approximately 50 people. The Palms Grill Café will feature a set of dinner specials, including homemade desserts for each program, and feel free to BYOB. Phone 217-648-5077 to make a reservation for any of the scheduled Dinner Programs.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 – "Remember Me Always in Your Prayers: The Hawes Family Civil War Letters"

Anne Moseley, Assistant Director & Curator of the Lincoln Heritage Museum, has been caring and transcribing letters from the Hawes family who wrote to each other during the Civil War. Henry and George Hawes lived in Atlanta, Illinois and served the Union Army during the war with many other Logan County volunteers. When they enlisted they felt a civic duty to support their country and a moral duty to rid the country of slavery. The letters in the Hawes Collection were written between 1860 and 1867 and are now housed at the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College, in Lincoln, Illinois.

Saturday, January 21, 2017: “Around the World with Saundra DeAthos, Saul Nache, Laurel Beard, and Julie Kasa”

Accompanied by pianist Julie Kasa, three of Illinois Wesleyan’s gifted faculty will serenade us with familiar tunes from around the world. Whether your taste runs to the popular or the operatic, you will be treated to a fantastic serenade featuring lyric sopranos Saundra DeAthos and Laurel Beard, as well as baritone Saul Nache. Young, vivacious, and charismatic, they will have you begging for encores!

Friday, January 27, 2017 – “Logan County Wind Farms”

Logan County is now home to four different wind farm projects. Join two representatives from Apex Clean Energy, Inc - Scott Koziar, Senior Director of Project Development and Dave Wagner, Senior Development Manager, as they present an overview of wind farm technology and the benefits they offer to communities. Scott and Dave will share how wind farms are developed, constructed, and how they contribute to the national electric grid as a whole. In addition, they’ll talk about the benefits wind farms offer a rural area, annual payments to participant land owners, and the increases in local tax revenue that help schools and other public bodies.

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Friday, February 10, 2017 – “How Time Flies”

Every day a small column appears on the Editorial Page of the Pantagraph, titled “How Time Flies”. It is a must read for many subscribers. Jack Keefe is the man behind the column. Join us for what’s sure to be an interesting evening, as Jack relates the story of how he conducts the research and does the writing to produce this popular daily feature of the Pantagraph.

Saturday, February 18, 2017: “Hornbirds! The Illinois Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet”

Join us for an incredible evening with musicians from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra as they take us on a virtuoso tour of great music for brass instruments.

Friday, February 24, 2017 – “Pre-Electric Entertainment in Atlanta”

So how did our great-grandparents and their families entertain themselves in the days before Atlanta homes were wired for electricity? Join Bill Thomas, Atlanta Museum, and Doug Ringer, Springfield, as they demonstrate a variety of unique mechanical music machines from the turn of the last century and tell the story of music from our great-grandparent’s parlor.

Friday, March 10, 2017 – “Danny Tackett”

Danny Tackett, a former Atlanta resident in the 1970s, worked for four and a half decades in the news department of The Courier in Lincoln. He retired in 2012, and this past winter finished writing, “Big Stories from a Small Town,” a collection of essays about growing up in and around tiny Armington in the 1960s. Danny will talk about his newspaper career, his new book, and perhaps a glimpse into his next, yet to be written one. He's hoping for a very interactive audience with lots of questions.

March 18, 2017: TBA

Friday, March 24, 2017 – “Life and Love…After 60”

We are fortunate to once again welcome Terri Ryburn to this year’s Dinner Program series. Terri has participated in these programs since the first year, sometimes more than once a season. In the past, we’ve heard humorous Rt. 66 tales and some of Terri’s family adventures growing up in Bloomington/Normal in the 1950s. This year, Terri wrote, directed, and will present three short, humorous plays about life and love after 60. It is sure to be a fun evening!

April 1, 2017: To Be Announced
April 8, 2017: To Be Announced

[Bill Thomas]

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