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Sunday, July 4, 2010


The CENTRAL COAST WRITERS, a branch of the California Writers Organization (100 years old and founded by a group that included Jack London), has a happy idea for communicating writing skills and accomplishments.  Why not sit in a beautiful arbor on a summer's evening with a glass of wine in hand, listening to one of the writers talk about his or her work?  A happy hour indeed!  And it happens once a month.

I'm not a member, I must confess; nor have I ever been to the Californian valley where this happy event is staged.  But it just so happens that I have been communicating for years with this month's speaker, Walter Gourlay (pictured), who is an authority on "Billy Bob" otherwise known as William Robert Stewart, flamboyant trader and supercargo in the early days of US-China trade.  And I had the pleasure of sharing coffee and chat with another writer in the group, Paul Karrer, when he was in Wellington a couple of weeks ago.

The next Happy Hour will be on Wednesday, July 14th 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.
Where: Baum & Blume Carriage House – 4 El Caminito Road, Carmel Valley Village

As hinted above, it will feature Walter Gourlay, national treasure and local icon, reading from from selected war memoirs set in Italy during WW II. Attendees can sit in the shade of a jasmine arbor as they listen, choose from an appetizer or full menu, and bring their own wine for a corkage fee. Questions: Pat Hanson: 831-601-9195.


G.M. Weger said...

Hi. Actually the Central Coast Writers have nothing to do with this event. Pat Hanson and me started this "happy hour" for local writers to come and read and commune once a month in an informal environment. The last three were at a place on Fisherman's Wharf, Paluca Trattoria. We hope lots of writers will come to our new venue and share their writing. G.M. Weger

Joan Druett said...

Well, that is a wonderful project. I should persuade someone to organize something similar in Wellington in the summer. Very best of luck with it. I would attend if I was a local writer!