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Wit, Wisdom & Wine

Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 6:30-10PM

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Join us for Wit, Wisdom & Wine, on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Attend two of our eight educational sessions and enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, a jewelry raffle, and a silent auction, all while supporting Rochester Public Library!

Early Bird Registration: $85. After January 15: $95


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Each guest can attend two of the following sessions, which will be offered at 7PM & 8PM. When purchasing tickets, guests will select their top four preferred sessions from the list below.

chris fierst

American Whiskey Appreciation - Chris Fierst

Chris Fierst, co-owner at The Half Barrel, describes himself as a “barkeep,” but he is also a whiskey aficionado and by most accounts the local expert. He has curated 500 whiskey selections from around the world for you to choose from at The Half Barrel, and is the only Rochester location to offer more than 30 unique whiskey flights to help you refine your palette. He spent 10 years living in the south of Wales, where he says he learned his “bar banter”!

joyce gibbs

Challenges of Living in My Own Country - Joyce Gibbs

Joyce Gibbs has been a resident of the Rochester Community for 56 years and has seen much growth and many changes. Through storytelling, Joyce will share her experiences of living in Rochester as an African-American woman and how things have not changed as much as one would think in the past 56 years.

Jere Lantz

Behind the Scenes: A Century of Music, Mishaps & Magic with the Rochester Symphony - Jere Lantz

Jere Lantz will serve as tour guide as we travel through the first century of the Rochester Symphony. We’ll hear a bit of music and some fascinating facts, but he’ll focus primarily on tales of characters, concerts, and quirks that have made bringing music to life in Rochester enjoyable and enriching. (Like the time he forgot to bring his tails for a Messiah concert, or when comedian/violinist Jack Benny pulled a trick on the entire audience.)

tessa leung

Wine Appreciation with Tessa: Old World vs. New World - Tessa Leung

This session is FULL and cannot accept additional attendees. 

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between California and French Chardonnay? Does Cabernet from Washington really taste different than Cabernet from Bordeaux? Join us as we explore the world of wine by regions and compare and contrast single varietals and blends to help decipher the intricacies of what you are tasting and why.

dr victor montori

The Patient Revolution - Dr. Victor Montori

In this conversation we will review how industrial healthcare has corrupted its mission and has stopped caring. We will then consider what would characterize careful and kind care for all and what would it take to achieve it. Our proposal is that it would take a nonviolent revolution led by citizens, students, and professionals.

shari mukherjee

Embrace Your Mistakes & Pursue Your Passions: My Transformation from Horrible Cook to MasterChef - Shari Mukherjee

Shari will share some of the failures and successes she experienced while learning to cook for her husband, how her hard work grew her skills and became talent! You’ll learn about the scary, intimidating and even impossible process to pursue her dream of auditioning for MasterChef Season Ten with chef Gordon Ramsay, while caring for her family with two young children. Find out about what it was like to travel to London, be on the show and what is next for this young celebrity chef! Taste some of her latest culinary creations, designed to inspire and activate all areas of your tastebuds, as she answers your questions about what it was like to be under the gun in the kitchen and in the limelight while promoting the show. *Photo Credit AB Photography

Tim Penny

Bridging the Divide (or is it a bridge too far?) - Tim Penny

American politics has become increasingly polarized. With each passing election the divide seems to grow wider and deeper. What are the causes and effects of this division? Are Americans really as divided as we seem? How can we individually and collectively bridge the gap?

richard tsong-taatarii

Lakota Resistance: A Photojournalist’s Perspective - Richard Tsong-Taatarii

In 2016, the Standing Rock tribe began peaceful protests of a proposed pipeline which was perceived as a threat to their clean water, and ancient burial grounds. Construction workers bulldozed sacred ground, and used attack dogs. Armed soldiers and police with riot gear used water cannons in freezing temperatures to deter the protesters. Richard will present all it took to capture the images of this standoff, and what went through his mind during his time covering the story. *Photo credit Anabelle Marcovici


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