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Wit, Wisdom & Wine 2019

Saturday, January 26th

Join us for our 18th annual Wit, Wisdom & Wine to be held on Saturday January 26, 2019. Cost is $95 per person or $125 per person for the wine class (sold out).

This is our major fundraiser for the Rochester Public Library and we have a lot to celebrate this year. 

Pick 2 of our 8 educational mini sessions, enjoy wine, fabulous food, jewelry raffle and silent auction. 

See you there! 


2019 Speakers

tim-pennyBlue Wave, Red Wave, Shock Wave?

Tim Penny

Elections have consequences. What message did voters send in the recent mid-term congressional elections? Are there policies that will be either advanced or thwarted by the new make-up on Capitol Hill? What can we now discern about the future direction of the two major parties? Is the Trump era ebbing or flowing?

audreybetcherJourney to the National Medal

Audrey Betcher

The National Medal is the nation's highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Come and learn how RPL has changed internally over the last several years to take risks and develop solutions to community problems and in turn became a winner of the National Medal from the Institute for Museum and Library Service (IMLS). Audrey will share best practices, successes, and even stumbling blocks that helped shape RPL and how they captured the impact they made to develop an award-winning application.

DahlArgentine Tango - Connecting People through Dance

April Dahl

Argentine Tango has its roots buried deep in within our desire to connect to others. The music tells stories of missing, love lost and passion for one's homeland. Tango is the only dance where we say, "embrace your partner" and the words describing the elements are few, but the creativity is endless. This presentation will introduce the basic ideas of tango, a chance to meet those who share your interest on the dance floor, and the experience of connecting to the community through dance.

Steve-LangeFred Hargesheimer: Warrior from The Sky

Steve Lange

World War II pilot and Rochester native Fred Hargesheimer survived for eight months—in the Southwest Pacific jungle island of New Britain—after being shot down by a Japanese fighter. He was rescued—and kept hidden—by natives of the village of Nantabu, who risked their lives to keep Fred’s existence hidden. And that was just the beginning of the story of one of Rochester’s great heroes—a man who spent the next 60 years of his life giving back to the natives who saved his life. (Also, the session will kick off with a special, Secrets of the City—everything from The Local Guy Who Almost Invented The Slinky to The Invisible Downtown Cemetery—gathered over Steve’s 20 years as the editor of Rochester Magazine).

Randy-BrockFly Fishing Southeast MN Spring Creeks

Randy Brock

Randy Brock will discuss the plentiful options for fly fishing in southeast Minnesota, and not just for trout! Southeast Minnesota is home to a unique geology which features many cold, spring creeks with an abundance of fishing opportunity.

RooYoriLetting the Dogs Out as the K9 Ninja on American Ninja Warrior

Roo Yori

We all face challenges in our lives. Too often we shy away from them and use them as an excuse why we shouldn't try. However, many times the obstacles in front of us are the exact things that will help us become the person we need to become in order to achieve what we want to accomplish in the first place. Roo Yori takes us on his journey of overcoming obstacle after obstacle, and explains why he feels that the obstacles in the path are not obstacles, but that they are the path.

rey cabanRochester Police Department UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)

Rey Caban

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a drone, or a UAV? This presentation will cover what is a UAV/UAS (unmanned aerial vehicle/unmanned aircraft system), types of UAVs, capabilities, regulations, policy and laws, procurement and police department unit justification.

matthewSame in Name, Unique in Style (2 PART SERIES)  **SOLD OUT**

Matthew Anderson, Margron Skoglund Wine Imports

When an entire shelf is filled with wines from the same region, how does one decide which bottle is right for them? This two part program will explore how wines that are geographically close, can yield different flavors. The first session will be dedicated to white wines, while the second will show reds. We hope you join us for a night of exploring the grapes, techniques, cultures, and of course, tastes, of several significant wine regions.

*This is a two-part class over both sessions. Attendees will register and attend Class One on Whites and Class Two on Reds. Eight different wines will be sampled, most in the $25-75 price point. An additional fee of $40 covers wines for both classes, and an engraved WWW keepsake collector glass for each participant. Class is limited to first 40 registrants.

Jewelry Raffle


 Pearl Ring

 Amethyst Pendant

 Opal earrings

 Ring  necklace  earrings


Akoya 7.0mm "AA" quality cultured pearl ring with accent diamonds. All set in 14 karat white gold, this ring is set in a wonderful classic design that flatters the finger and sets off the center cultured pearl to its best.

The perfect enhancement when worn in a professional setting or out for an evening with friends. This is a ring that will become an heirloom. Value: $595.00

Checkerboard cushion cut amethyst pendant. This 8.0mm 14 rose yellow gold scroll design mounting is suspended on an 18” chain that is secure and safe whenever it’s worn.

This rich purple color is flattered by the rose gold setting. Somewhat reminiscent of the late Victorian era making it one of the best antique revivals that’s stylish today. Value: $450.00

Natural opal mosaic triplet earrings. Set in 14 karat yellow gold in a graceful 16 x 12mm oval bezel. Opals capture all the colors of the rainbow to enhance every season’s fashion.

These earrings are so versatile that can be worn anywhere anytime. Value: $850.00